Cagliari midfielder Daniele Dessena received online attacks after wearing the laces last week, so his teammates joined him in wearing them this weekend.
Cagliari midfielder Daniele Dessena received online attacks after wearing the laces last week, so his teammates joined him in wearing them this weekend.
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ROME (AP) More Serie A players are wearing rainbow-colored shoelaces this weekend in an expanding anti-homophobia demonstration.

Cagliari midfielder Daniele Dessena received online attacks after wearing the laces last weekend and as a result three teammates - South Americans Fernando Avelar, Victor Ibarbo and Mauricio Pinilla - joined him in wearing the multi-colored shoe strings for Sunday's 3-0 win over Udinese.

On Saturday, Roma midfielder Radja Nainggolan, a former teammate of Dessena's at Cagliari, wore the rainbow laces during a 0-0 draw with Inter Milan.

More players were expected to take part in the initiative later Sunday.

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