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The club will look at ways equality and inclusion in football can be improved.

Manchester United have announced a partnership with lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender charity Stonewall.

In a statement released on Tuesday, United said the initiative would see them work alongside the charity to help tackle LGBT issues in sport and society, including looking at ways in which inclusion and equality can be improved.

Through the partnership – which makes them the UK’s first football club to partner with Stonewall – United have officially joined the TeamPride coalition of global businesses offering support to people involved in sport on issues around homophobia and discrimination.

United group managing director Richard Arnold said: “Manchester United always looks to be a leader in everything it does and we are proud to be the first sports club to sign up to TeamPride.

“The club has an ongoing commitment to equality across all areas and, with 659 million followers around the world, it is our responsibility to show support and recognition to everybody who loves this football club.

“We have built up a positive working relationship with Stonewall and it’s a great way for us to learn from each other and progress together as we strive for equality for all of our supporters.”

Stonewall chief executive Ruth Hunt also hailed the partnership as a positive step for LGBT individuals in sport.

United last year launched their own equality, diversity and inclusion programme, called #allredallequal.

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