The two finalists, Saudi Arabia and the Cronies with Laurence Overend, Exeter City Supporters Trust and Suaad Genem George from the Exeter City One Game One Community Group.

Cronies clinch diversity football tournament trophy

There was heartbreak for the Saudi Arabia team following the final of Exeter City Football Club’s annual diversity football tournament held on Sunday 9 June at the University of Exeter Sports Park.

The Saudis battled back to level three times in a 4-4 draw against local Exeter side Cronies. However, it was the Cronies, led by player manager Matt Webb, who edged the penalty shoot out 3-2.

In all 12 teams took part in the tournament, organised by Exeter City Football Club’s One Game One Community group. One Game One Community is part of the national Kick it Out campaign which aims to address all types of discrimination in football including racism, sexism, ageism and homophobia.

Supported by the University of Exeter, and opened by deputy vice-chancellor Mark Overton, the competition encourages participation from local minority ethnic teams and attracts players from all over the world. This year’s event saw players from Spain, Poland, Afghanistan and Iran take part, alongside the Devon Lions, a local “gay-friendly” football club.

Martin Weiler of the One Game One Community group haled the continued success of the tournament. He said: “This is the ninth tournament we have held and it continues to be a great festival of football with a real international flavour.  Yet again Exeter City has flown the flag for equality and diversity in football and the local community.”

Date: 13 June 2013

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