RICHMOND and Essendon will unite in a pre-game moment of solidarity to promote diversity before their Friday night clash at the MCG.

Tiger Bachar Houli and Bomber Adam Saad, who are both practising Muslims, will toss the coin alongside their respective club captains.

In a statement released on Thursday night, Richmond said both teams celebrated and embraced diversity within the sport – through players, staff, partners and fans – and in the wider community.

Both clubs want to use the Friday night stage as a platform to "stand alongside" Houli and Saad to "remind everyone that our great game and our country values people of all cultures and communities".

The Bombers added that they "wished to emphasise their solidarity on the big stage in light of recent comments made in Federal Parliament."