Grassroots football clubs are an antidote to the Beautiful Game’s ugly scenes.

Whether it’s Stonewall FC providing a safe space for gay players or Lewes FC becoming the first club in the world to pay both male and female players equally, grassroots football and its fans are setting an example bigger clubs should play by.

There’s a quote by the French philosopher Albert Camus that I find myself thinking of from time to time when I’m watching football.

Everything I know about morality and the obligations of men,” declared Camus, who himself played in goal for a time, as part of a Racing Universitaire d’Alger team that won both the North African’s Champions Cup and the North African Cup twice in the 1930s, “I owe it to football…

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