School Children Unite For Anti-racist Football Match

School Children Unite For Anti-racist Football Match

The football team of the UNESCO Project School in Krefeld, Germany, organised a special friendly match against a neighbouring school that is attended by children from a range of ethnic backgrounds. The kids, the parents and other visitors were informed of the background to the FARE Action Week.

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BBC Launch Racism in Football Microsite

BBC Launch Racism in Football Microsite

What with recent events, the BBC has launched a microsite on racism in football. The site contains articles detailing the situation in various European countries, together with some audio interviews from prominant campaigners and sports personalities. There is also the opportunity to voice your opinions on what you believe can be done. Audio Interviews Still…

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Youngsters Get Involved

Youngsters Get Involved

In Germany, the association t-34 distributed lighters (“Against Racism and Discrimination”) during the 2nd league match between MSV Duisburg and Eintracht Braunschweig. The Under 7 Bambini-team of Duisburger SV 1900 played in t-shirts with the slogan “Native language? – I don’t care!” on them.

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SK Rapid Vienna Declares Its Support For Action Week

SK Rapid Vienna Declares Its Support For Action Week

The match programme of SK Rapid Vienna carried a piece where the club declared its support for the European Week against Racism in Football. A crowd of 18.500 attended the city derby against FK Austria.

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Clubs At All Levels Support FARE Action Week in Vienna

Clubs At All Levels Support FARE Action Week in Vienna

Twelve Viennese football clubs from the lower divisions, including women’s teams, joined the FARE Action Week with various activities: anti-racist tournaments, stadium activities, banners, information campaigns and t-shirts with anti-racist messages.

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English Football United Against Racism

English Football United Against Racism

Over the course of two week-ends, the whole of English football has been united behind the National Anti-Racism Week of Action in Football. Teams who have played at home dedicated their match to the to the ‘Let’s Kick Racism Out of Football’ campaign. During the second week-end both Manchester United and Arsenal held highly visible…

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33 Clubs Show Racism The Red Card

33 Clubs Show Racism The Red Card

The FARE core partner, “Show Racism the Red Card” (SRTRC) was fully engaged during the week of action. SRTRC handed out anti-racist posters of 33 different professional football teams to young people and schools up and down the country. SRTRC also organised events with clubs such as Newcastle United and Crystal Palace. At Fulham 15,000…

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‘Community United’ Football Tournament A Great Success.

‘Community United’ Football Tournament A Great Success.

“Football Unites, Racism Divides” have organised ‘Community United’ football tournament in Sheffield. A number of teams took part including teams from Somalia, the Congo, Afghanistan, Angola, Kosovo and an all star refugee team from Sharrow United.

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St Pauli Display Stance Against Racism

St Pauli Display Stance Against Racism

Before the beginning of the German 2nd league match FC St. Pauli versus Eintracht Trier, the fan project displayed a banner on the field of play with the slogan “St. Pauli Supporters against Discrimination and Racism“. The Football Club St. Pauli has now put official anti-racist merchandising articles (“St. Pauli against Racists”) on sale. Elsewhere,…

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Ultràs Work Together To Combat Racism

Ultràs Work Together To Combat Racism

Together with Italian, French, and Spanish Ultrà fans, Progetto Ultrà produced a bilingual anti-racist fanzine (in Italian and English) called “Ultras unisce –Razzismo divide”. The fanzine carried reports on the situation in different stadiums, and the different antiracist activities promoted by the groups. The following fan groups distributed the fanzine: Serie A: Desperados, Brigate Empoli,…

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African Players Documentary Screened.

African Players Documentary Screened.

The football magazine ‘Ballesterer’ hosted a film night in Vienna where the documentary on the (broken) dreams of young African players “Sold out. From Street to Stadium” was screened and debated. The film features interviews with Samuel Eto Fils, Abedi Pele, Franz Beckenbauer and Sepp Blatter.

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Blau Weiss Linz Fans Stand United Against Right-wing Extremists.

Blau Weiss Linz Fans Stand United Against Right-wing Extremists.

Fans from Blau Weiss Linz (Austrian 3rd Division) presented a banner against right-wing extremism and handed out flyers during the match against Hartberg.

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Schalke Launch Anti-racist Campaign

Schalke Launch Anti-racist Campaign

As part of Action Week, the Schalker Fan initiative organised a meeting with team manager Frank Neubarth and three players: Oude Kamphuis from Holland, Aníbal Samuel Matellán from Argentina and Gerald Asamoah of Germany. They later organised a joint press conference with the migrant organisation Forum Afrika. During the match versus 1. FC Nuremberg, stickers…

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Football Brings Communities Together in Hungary

Football Brings Communities Together in Hungary

As part of FARE Action Week, the Mahatma Gandhi Human Rights Organisation organised two special football matches aimed at creating harmony and co-existence between Hungarians, refugees and people of African and Asian decent. The human rights group also published the results of research on “Adji piros lapot a rasszizmusnak!” (Show Racism the Red Card).

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Anti-racism On The Curriculum In Ireland

Anti-racism On The Curriculum In Ireland

During Action Week, “Show Racism the Red Card Ireland” took the message out to school children. They organised an anti-racist competition in Secondary Schools throughout Ireland.

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Action Week Initiatives In Macedonia

Action Week Initiatives In Macedonia

For the second time the Macedonain Centre for Culture and Development organised FARE activities in the former Yugoslav Republic. They published a fanzine and a flyer on racism between fan clubs and on the life of black football players in the Macedonian league. The material was distributed at several football matches.

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Anti-racism Gets Official Support At PSV Eindhoven

Anti-racism Gets Official Support At PSV Eindhoven

During Action Week, the official PSV Eindhoven supporters club have started an action called “PSV Fans against Racism”. This is in response to the racist abuse of hurled at Thierry Henry of Arsenal in the Champions League match played there recently. “A true PSV fan supports his club and is against racist chants!” The group…

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FARE Action Week In Poland

FARE Action Week In Poland

To coincide with FARE Action Week and as part of their “Let’s Kick Racism Out of the Stadiums” campaign the Never Again Association (Stowarzyszenie Nigdy Wiecej) handed in a petition to the President of the Polish Football Association. The petition demanded action against racism and anti-Semitism in Polish stadiums and was sign by about 30,000…

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Fans Display Anti-racist Banners

Fans Display Anti-racist Banners

Groups belonging to the fan network UCR – Ultras Contra o Racismo displayed anti-racist flags and banners inside stadiums. The initiative coincided with FARE Action Week, and sends out a clear message to racists.

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FC Valencia Help Produce Anti-racist Fanzine

FC Valencia Help Produce Anti-racist Fanzine

During FARE Action Week, the fan club Gol Gran of FC Valencia in Spain, helped produce a bilingual Ultrà fanzine against racism. The Gol Gran disseminated the fanzine to fans during their home match.

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Riot Interrupts Game

Riot Interrupts Game

On Friday 25 October, Legia played Widzew in Warsaw during which the game was interrupted because of a riot. Fascists were routinely present, and they displayed a racist banner. The deputy chairman of the FA has made a strong statement, highlighting the issue of fascist banners. He promised games would be interrupted until such banners…

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Bordeaux Players Make A Statement

Bordeaux Players Make A Statement

As part of the Action Week at Bordeaux, fans have organised the players to make a statement against racism. Prior to the Bordeaux – Monaco match on 25th October 2002, the Bordeaux players warmed up wearing “South Stand Against Racism” T-shirts.

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Exhibition of World’s First Black Professional Footballer Launched

Exhibition of World’s First Black Professional Footballer Launched

An exhibition has been launched about the world’s first black professional footballer. Arthur Wharton – ‘IN A LEAGUE OF HIS OWN’ is now on display at the Doncaster Museum and Art Gallery, in Doncaster, England. “Football Unites, Racism Divides” have a webpage about Arthur Wharton together with a timeline of important milestones in his life.

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Bordeaux & Olympique Marseille Show The Way In France

Bordeaux & Olympique Marseille Show The Way In France

During the FARE Action Week, fans of Bordeaux (Devils Bordeaux & Ultramarine) and Olympique Marseille distributed the bilingual “Ultras unisce –Razzismo divide” fanzine. The FC Girondins Bordeaux players supported the fan action by wearing t-shirts with the slogan “South Stand Against Racism” during the warm-up for the match against AS Monaco FC.

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BAFF Get The Message Across

BAFF Get The Message Across

Throughout the Action Week, the supporters’ umbrella association BAFF, produced 32,000 stickers carrying the slogan “XX-Fans against Racism“. The stickers were distributed around German stadiums by 16 different football fan clubs, ranging from the Bundesliga down to the 4th level.

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Anti-racism Forms Part of Austria-Switzerland Euro 2008 Bid

Anti-racism Forms Part of Austria-Switzerland Euro 2008 Bid

The Austria-Switzerland bid for Euro 2008 has at its core anti-racism and fair play initiatives. If successful, anti-racist actions will begin as early as 2003, to help place anti-racism high on the agenda of European football. The announcement, by the Austria-Switzerland organisers has received much media attention, especially on public TV.

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Fans Discuss Anti-racism and Euro 2008

Fans Discuss Anti-racism and Euro 2008

At a panel discussion “Fans and the EURO 2008” in the Vienna City Hall; Swiss, Austrian and German fans and fan workers discussed the Austrian-Swiss bid and the role of fans and anti-racism at the EURO 2008. Public TV ORF reported on the discussion during Saturday’s football league programme.

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Anti-racist Film Event & Discussion In Hamburg

Anti-racist Film Event & Discussion In Hamburg

The campaign “Kanak Attack” in Hamburg have organised a series of open discussions and a film event “No Integration & the Right for Legalisation”. One discussion (“Can you kick it?”) dealt with anti-racism in football and the drain of young footballers from Africa to Europe.

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27,552 Signatures Against Racism in Polish Stadiums

27,552 Signatures Against Racism in Polish Stadiums

As part of the FARE Action Week, the ‘NEVER AGAIN’ Association and ‘Polish Humanitarian Action’ collected 27,552 signatures under a petition demanding action against racism in Polish stadiums. The signatures were presented to Michal Listkiewicz, the president of the Polish Football Association, today. Mr Listkiewicz has pledged to co-operate with ‘NEVER AGAIN’ in order to…

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Action Week Launched In Scotland

Action Week Launched In Scotland

The regional launch of the UK National Anti-Racism Week of Action in Scotland took place in Glasgow with a carnival atmosphere. A steel band and an Asian dance group performed on the day. Former Celtic favourite Paul Elliott attended along with a current Celtic player. Mark Hateley and Ronald de Boer attended from Glasgow Rangers.

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Goettingen 05 and VfB Oldenburg Show Their Support

Goettingen 05 and VfB Oldenburg Show Their Support

Fan projects from Goettingen 05 and VfB Oldenburg unveiled permanent anti-racist boards in their stadia during the FARE Action Week. The inauguration took place during the Oberliga matches: Goettingen 05 versus SV Wilhelmshaven and VfB Oldenburg versus FC Oberneuland. Both fan projects published articles on the FARE Action Week in their fanzines.

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Norway Shows Racism The Red Card

Norway Shows Racism The Red Card

During the final match of the season the Premier club Valerenga in Oslo held an awards ceremony for the school competition of the Gi Rasisme Rødt Kort (Show Racism the Red Card) campaign. The school classes were invited to paint big sheets with anti-racist slogans which were then sown together into one big banner which…

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Racist Abuse Still Exists in England

Racist Abuse Still Exists in England

Sheffield United and Zimbabwe striker Peter Ndlovu was the latest victim of racist abuse, this time in England. The incidents occurred at Brighton’s Withdean Stadium, just a week after Kick It Out’s FARE Action Week campaign. Referee Phil Prosser has noted in his report to the FA, that the Brighton fans racially abused both himself…

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Fulham Fans Show Racism the Red Card

Fulham Fans Show Racism the Red Card

Fulham fans hold up 15,000 red cards before the game in one of many displays against racism in football taking place as part of FARE’s Action Week. The display was seen on “The Premiereship”, a very popular football TV programme in England. The FARE Action Week involves 17 different European Countries and Show Racism the…

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Wacker Innsbruck Fans Show Support

Wacker Innsbruck Fans Show Support

Fans of Wacker Innsbruck (formerly FC Tirol Innsbruck, now relegated to 3rd Division) displayed a banner, which read, “No one is illegal”, at the match against PSV SW Salzburg. The match programme carried an article in support of the Week of Action.

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Migrant Communities Rally Round To Support Austrian Flood Victims

Migrant Communities Rally Round To Support Austrian Flood Victims

Various migrant communities in Vienna organised a charity football tournament for the victims of the flood in Austria. Amateur teams from Yugoslavian, Turkish Romanian and Bosnian backgrounds participated.

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Gerald Asamoah Speaks Out Against Racism

Gerald Asamoah Speaks Out Against Racism

The fan project “Hannover 96” distributed a FARE Action Week folder with photos and statements on racism from Hannover players and an interview with German international Gerald Asamoah. Players from the U16 team presented a “Different Colours – One Game” banner on the pitch before the match Hannover 96 versus SV Werder Bremen. The anti-fascist…

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Vienna Sport-Club Show Homophobia the Red Card

Vienna Sport-Club Show Homophobia the Red Card

The fan club “Friends of the Cemetery Stand“ of Vienna Sportklub (Austrian 1st Division) organised a stadium event against homophobia and racism during their home match against FC Lustenau. Members of the Gay & Lesbian community, together with fans, distributed cards saying “Show Homophobia the Red Card” and waved Rainbow flags. The lesbian member of…

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What Can Be Done About Racism?

What Can Be Done About Racism?

What with recent events in European football, now’s your chance to have your say. There’s a really good discussion going on at the moment on the BBC website regarding racism in football.

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FARE Launch Action Week.

FARE Launch Action Week.

The “FairPlay, Different Colours and One Game” initiative launch the FARE Action Week with a press conference in Vienna. Speakers included the Vice-Mayor of Vienna with responsibility for sport, and a representative of the Austrian Football Association. FairPlay also presented the evaluation of the “Viennese Football Shows Racism the Red Card!”, that took place back…

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“Football Unites” Launch Regional Events For Action Week.

“Football Unites” Launch Regional Events For Action Week.

At the regional launch of the Anti-Racism Week of Action in Sheffield, England; Football Unites, in conjunction with Sheffield City Council, ran a Streetkick (3-a-side) tournament in a city centre square, involving teams of refugees. Representatives and players from local football clubs Sheffield United, Sheffield Wednesday, Barnsley and Rotherham attended to talk about what their…

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Feyennoord Change ‘Sissy’ Shirt

Feyennoord Change ‘Sissy’ Shirt

Feyennoord have changed their goalkeeper’s pink shirt after protests against its so called gay or sissy colour from their supporters. This homofobia inspired change comes shortly after the kit was renewed.

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Action Week Preview and Racist Abuse.

Action Week Preview and Racist Abuse.

The Guardian has an interesting article looking into recent racist incidents ahead of England’s Euro 2004 game against Macedonia, and previews FARE’s Action Week. The piece highlights the fact that racism is very much still a problem in British football. “I thought in the last couple of years racism had been cut out of the…

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Countries Take Stand Against Racism

Countries Take Stand Against Racism

Norway and Bosnia and Herzegovina made a prominent stand against racism ahead of their countries’ EURO 2004™ meeting in Oslo. Before the game, players from both sides held up red cards and an address was made to the crowd stressing the importance of stamping out racism in football. There is already an ongoing campaign in…

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UEFA Supports FARE Action Week

UEFA Supports FARE Action Week

UEFA have declared their support for FARE’s Action Week. Last week, UEFA distributed FARE’s ten-point plan of action throughout the football family, highlighting the various measures that could be taken to punish racist conduct on and off the field. FARE receives substantial financial assistance from European football’s governing body and welcomes its support of the…

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BAFF Active Against Racism in Germany

BAFF Active Against Racism in Germany

Following the FARE Action Week, BAFF gained some prominent media coverage in the week-end edition of “Sueddeutsche Zeitung”, a leading German paper. The article opens with the racist abuse of Gerald Asamoah during the match Bosnia-Herzegowina versus Germany and then refers to the recent abuse of Asheley Cole and Emile Heskey. It then concentrates on…

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Action Week Kicks Off In Germany

Action Week Kicks Off In Germany

In Germany, the FARE Action Weekon was launched on 16 October with an anti-racist flyer campaign during the EURO 2004 qualifier between Germany and the Faroe Islands. The campaign was organised by the FARE group Fanprojekt Hannover and funded by the German Football Association DFB.

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Racist Banner Displayed During Euro 2004 qualifyer

Racist Banner Displayed During Euro 2004 qualifyer

Racists have resurfaced yet again during a European match. A far-right banner was displayed during the Euro 2004 qualifyer between Czech Republic and Belarussia in Teplice on 16 October 2002. The banner, which was quite large, consisted of a Celtic Cross on a red and white flag, most likely displayed by Czech fans. Most probably…

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FARE Action Week in Poland

FARE Action Week in Poland

Several events are planned in Poland during the FARE Action Week. As part of their Let’s Kick Racism Out of the Stadiums campaign the Never Again Association (Stowarzyszenie Nigdy Wiecej) will hand in a petition to the President of Polish Football Association demanding action against racism and anti-Semitism in Polish stadiums. About 30 000 people…

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Slovakia Sorry Over Racist Abuse

Slovakia Sorry Over Racist Abuse

Emile Heskey and Ashley Cole will be receiving apologies from the Slovakian Football Association in the wake of the racial abuse which they endured in last weekend’s Euro 2004 qualifier. The Slovakian ambassador to London and the general secretary of the Slovakian FA met Football Association director of international affairs David Davies today in the…

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Fans Gather For Football Fans’ Parliament

Fans Gather For Football Fans’ Parliament

The BBC and Football365 have an article on how more than 200 football fans have gathered in Birmingham, UK to establish a “Fans’ Parliament”. Funded by the Football Association, the Premier League and the Football League, the parliament has drawn representatives from 67 football clubs. Although the main topic of discussion seems to be the…

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England Players Subjected To Racist Abuse – Slovakia Could Face Ban.

England Players Subjected To Racist Abuse – Slovakia Could Face Ban.

Slovakia could face a ban after Emile Heskey and Andy Cole were subjected to a torrent of racial abuse throughout England’s Euro 2004 qualifier in Bratislava on Saturday. Whenever either Heskey or Cole received the ball, the crowd erupted into mass monkey chanting. Heskey says it was the worst racist abuse he has experienced in…

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Racist Banners During Poland – Latvia Game

Racist Banners During Poland – Latvia Game

Sunday 13th October, during the Poland – Latvia game at the stadium of Legia Warszawa two big Nazi banners were displayed in the Polish sector. Both were Celtic crosses, with one having “Skinheads” written in gothic writing. There was no reaction from the authorities and the banners were visible on TV. Ironically, this comes after…

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‘Never Again’ Contribute to TV Discussion in Poland

‘Never Again’ Contribute to TV Discussion in Poland

Marcin Kornak, of the anti-racist group ‘Never Again’, participated in a live programme on Polish TV Channel One. The FA chairman Michal Listkiewicz, was also present on the prime-time show that discussed, among other issues, violence and racism in stadiums.

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Clubs Off the Hook

Clubs Off the Hook

UEFA has announced the decisions of its Control and Disciplinary Body meeting in Nyon, Switzerland. Following several recent racist incidents during European games, UEFA has now set out the punishments for the clubs involved. Many feel that the punishments are too light. As well as “sending a letter” to the clubs, some have also been…

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UEFA Adopts FARE’s Plan of Action

UEFA Adopts FARE’s Plan of Action

UEFA is putting its full support behind a ten-point plan of action to fight the evil of racism in football. Originally compiled by FARE, the plan sets out a variety of measures that clubs can take. “The problem of racism is a real issue for the European football family and for the image of football…

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Racist Abuse Could Make Players Could Walk

Racist Abuse Could Make Players Could Walk

The Mirror is reporting that Kieron Dyer, the Newcastle and England player has warned that football players could start walking off the pitch in response to racist abuse. “If it is not cut out of football, it is going to get to the stage where some player walks off the pitch and refuses to play….

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Football Unites’ Anti-Racist Action Week Events

Football Unites’ Anti-Racist Action Week Events

In celebration of Black History Month (October) and the Anti-Racism Week of Action in Football, (17-28 October), “Football Unites, Racism Divides” will be involved in a series of events in England. They will be running a Streetkick (3-a-side street based football) tournament with representatives from local clubs; they will launch an exhibition about Arthur Wharton…

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Racist Abuse is Deterring Black & Asian Fans

Racist Abuse is Deterring Black & Asian Fans

A poll commissioned by the English Football Association revealed that racist abuse at home is deterring black and Asian fans from attending domestic games. According to the poll, 83 percent of Asian fans and 77 percent of Afro-Caribbean soccer followers thought that racist abuse aimed at black players was putting off more of the ethnic…

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Bent Suffers Racist Abuse

Bent Suffers Racist Abuse

Ipswich Town’s Marcus Bent and Finidi George were subjected to racist taunts during their team’s 1-0 Uefa Cup win at Sartid. This is just one of many incidents in recent days, where English club players have been subjected to racist abuse during European games. “It was a hostile crowd. There was a lot of racist…

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