VIENNA, March 4 An Austrian gay rights group has
launched an international poster competition to raise the issue
of homophobia in football during June's European Championship.
The Vienna-based QWIEN organisation said on its Web site
(www.qwien.at) that a jury would select the 50 best posters to
put on display in the city during the tournament being co-hosted
by Austria and Switzerland.
"According to statistics five percent of the total
population is gay," the organisation said in a statement
announcing the competition.
"As a result therefore, of the 500 professional players in
the Austrian football league 25 should be gay. However there is
not one gay professional player in Austria... who openly admits
"By issuing a Europe-wide poster competition we are making
an otherwise taboo topic public during the period of Euro 2008."
(Writing by Mark Ledsom in Berne, editing by Justin Palmer)