Rangers fans back antiracist stances

Rangers fans back antiracist stances

Rangers FC fans, the Blue Order, showed their support for the club’s anti-racism and anti-bigotry campaign at their Scottish Premiere match against Aberdeen at Ibrox. Influential members of the group held aloft cards, spelling out their desire to rid the game of this hatred. Laurence MacIntyre, Head of Safety at Rangers’ Ibrox said: ”We were…

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North-Rhine Westphalia football clubs show racism the red card

North-Rhine Westphalia football clubs show racism the red card

The Schalker Fan-Initiative, with the support of FARE, have done the impossible by uniting some of the best known clubs in North-Rhine Westphalia. The clubs have come together for the first time as part of a joint photo campaign against racism. A media conference to launch the campaign was held at the Arena AufSchalke on…

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Latvia unite against racism

Latvia unite against racism

The Latvian Football Federation (LFF) has begun a concerted campaign in support of UEFA's “Unite Against Racism” drive. During a recent international against Uzbekistan, “Unite Against Racism” boards were prominently placed in front of the substitutes' bench. Previously, during UEFA European Championship qualifiers against Poland and Hungary, articles highlighting the evil of racism appeared within…

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FARE emphasise the positive role of sports in combating racism

FARE emphasise the positive role of sports in combating racism

FARE representatives were recently invited to deliver a speech at the UEFA reception on the opening day of European Sports Forum in Verona (21-22 November 2003). To correspond to the launch of the European Year of Education through Sport 2004, UEFA have chosen the theme “Unite Against Racism”. Participants represented more than 100 different sport…

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Belgian club fined for fans' racist behaviour

Belgian club fined for fans' racist behaviour

Belgian side Club Brugge KV have been fined €10,000 by UEFA for the racist behaviour of their fans during the Champions League match against AFC Ajax on 1 October 2003. UEFA also fined a number of teams involved in the UEFA Cup for racist behaviour.

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Polish FA urge clubs to remove racist banners

Polish FA urge clubs to remove racist banners

Delegates at a high profile conference on stadium security, organised by the Polish FA, were told of the need to remove racist and nazi symbols or slogans from football grounds. All major club officials, as well as the media, UEFA, the Council of Europe and foreign FAs' representatives were present at the conference held in…

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New School Gwengamp (NSG) stand up to stop racism

New School Gwengamp (NSG) stand up to stop racism

The New School Gwengamp (NSG) participated in their first action against racism on saturday 25 october during on the Guingamp-Toulouse meeting. Huge banners with the message “Stop Racism” were displayed before the match. Additionally, entire sections of the crowd held aloft anti racist placards as part of a huge choreography display. The proceedings were organised…

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FARE awarded European anti-racism prize

FARE awarded European anti-racism prize

The FARE network was presented with the first Jean Kahn Award for exemplary work to combat racism. The Jean Kahn Award presented by the European Monitoring Centre on Racism and Xenophobia (EUMC), an European Union body based in Vienna and sponsored by the Evens Foundation is in recognition of an outstanding contribution to combating racism,…

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Show football the pink card!

Show football the pink card!

FARE core partner BAFF (Buendnis Aktiver Fußballfans), is tackling the last big taboo in football – Homosexuality. Dutch referee John Blankenstein, who has previously refereed the UEFA Champions League final, spoke on the 17 October 2003 to a packed audience about his experiences as the only openly gay referee in football. He spoke during BAFF’s…

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Manchester unites against racism

Manchester unites against racism

The Lowry Arts Centre to host star-studded event Pioneering black players including Viv Anderson, who became England’s first black international 25 years ago, and John Barnes, former Liverpool and England star, will join players from North West UK clubs, including from Manchester United, Manchester City and Blackburn, at The Lowry later today (Monday 27 October)….

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Portuguese football joins the campaign

Portuguese football joins the campaign

In Portugal the Professional Players Union in collaboration with national league and the Portuguese Government promote the campaign “No to Racism” (Racismo Não). At all matches of the SuperLiga during FARE Action Week, players wore message T-shirts and presented 12 meter banners with the slogan “Racismo Não” (No to racism) on the field of play….

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FARE Action Week – not just for the big boys

FARE Action Week – not just for the big boys

Alongside the highly visible activities at professional clubs and leagues, a whole series of events have taken place at community level as part of FARE Action Week. Events have been organised in schools, amongst local community groups and in local football settings – by football fans and with footballers. Italian FARE partner Progetto Ultrà organised…

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Polish unity shows the way

Polish unity shows the way

Asylum Seekers in Poland have come together with local Polish footballers in the spirit of unity for the FARE Action Week. Africa United, a brunch of African asylum seekers have played a series of friendly matches against local Polish teams with the aim of bringing the communities closer together. Organised by the Association of Asylum…

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Austrian Action Week activities

Austrian Action Week activities

The FairPlay stadium event of Grazer AK versus SV Salzburg formed the highlight of the FARE Action Week in Austria. A special edition of the FairPlay magazine was distributed by African refugees to all fans. Also the anti-racist message “Racism Divides, Football Unites” was on displayed on the stadium screen. In Tirol, second league side…

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VIPs celebrate 10 years of anti-racism

VIPs celebrate 10 years of anti-racism

Celebrities, the media, former players and stars all gathered in London on 23rd October 2003 to celebrate Kick It Out’s 10 years of campaigning in the UK. The forum discussion, chaired by Lord Herman Ouseley, included Ian Wright, Paul Davis, Luther Blissett, Mike Lea (UEFA), Paul Barber (English FA), Piara Powar (Kick It Out), Chris…

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Commitment of Slovak football to kick racism out

Commitment of Slovak football to kick racism out

In Slovakia the National Football Association has called upon all clubs of the premier league to organise symbolic action during the forthcoming round to mark the commitment of Slovak football to kick racism out of the stadiums. Before the kick-off of the match ASK Inter Bratislava versus MSK Zilina players of both teams will raise…

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Council of Europe considers banning anti-gay chanting

Council of Europe considers banning anti-gay chanting

Interesting news from the Hague in the Netherlands on the 17th October, 2003. The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe is debating the possibility of criminalizing anti-gay chanting at sports events. According to a draft recommendation adopted by the Assembly’s Culture Committee, Homophobic chanting at sports events should be made a criminal offence. Approving…

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Racist outburst spoils day of action

Racist outburst spoils day of action

Plymouth Argyle midfielder, Jason Bent, suffered racist abuse after their 5-1 victory at Port Vale on Saturday 18 October 2003. The slur from former Austrian international, Andreas Lipa, occurred in the tunnel after the game had finished. Argyle officials stated that they are “disappointed and saddened” at the racist abuse of their player from another…

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Action Week under way

Action Week under way

Belgrade clubs unite to fight racism Three of Belgrade’s top football clubs – including UEFA Champions League participants FK Partizan – have come together to voice their opposition to racism in football. The three clubs, FK Crvena Zvezda, FK Partizan and FK Rad, are among dozens of clubs throughout Europe who are making a contribution…

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Austria Wien stand firm against racism

Austria Wien stand firm against racism

Austria Wien players stood united behind a Fairplay banner whilst the crowd held up red cards to racism, before the match on Sunday 19 October 2003. The event was organised by Fairplay and formed part of their activities as part of FARE’s Action Week.

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Tolerance 1 – Discrimination 0

Tolerance 1 – Discrimination 0

Chemie-fans and St. Pauli supporters came together to fight racism, jointly producing the “good bye white pride” banner. The banner was presented by both team’s players then fixed to the stand prior to the FC Sachsen Leipzig vs. FC St. Pauli game. Before the game, leaflets were distributed, a “Chemie fans against racism and discrimination”…

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Bordeaux fans show racism the red card

Bordeaux fans show racism the red card

Bordeaux fans stood united as they held aloft red cards against racism during game against Toulouse on Saturday 18 October 2003. The event was one of many activities organised across Europe as part of FARE’s Action Week.

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Fans & players unite in Dortmund

Fans & players unite in Dortmund

Four young football fans have united with players for a anti-racist poster produced by Fan-Projekt Dortmund. The poster features players Metzelder, Kehl, Rosicky and Evanilson; together with the “Welcome 2006” statement. It was presented at Dortmund’s Bundesliga match against Hannover 96 on 18 October 2003 during the FARE Action Week.

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Austrian amateurs get onboard for action week

Austrian amateurs get onboard for action week

Viennese amateur club SC Triester showed their professionalism for the game by getting involved in FARE’s Action Week. The small club, who play in the 7th division, produced special T-shirts that they use to warm up before all their matches.

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Record participation in the European Action Week against Racism in Football

Record participation in the European Action Week against Racism in Football

A day before the kick-off of the fourth European-wide Action Week against Racism and Discrimination in Football (16 – 28 October) it is clear that it will be a record participation: In 23 European countries more than 300 fan groups, clubs, national associations and ethnic minority & migrant organisations will be involved in the Action…

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English FA tells football clubs to be welcoming to gays

English FA tells football clubs to be welcoming to gays

The English Football Association is to tell clubs to be more welcoming to homosexual players in an attempt to halt discrimination in the English national game. In a campaign to begin in September 2003, the FA says that anti-homosexual attitudes on the pitch and in the stands must be stamped out to make the sport…

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Houllier threatens withdrawl over racism

Houllier threatens withdrawl over racism

Liverpool boss, Gerard Houllier has repeated his threat to withdraw his team off the pitch if they become subjected to racist abuse. Houllier first threatened similar action last year, when Heskey and other black Liverpool players were racially abuse during their Champions League campaign. This latest response comes just days after Emile Heskey was subjected…

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Lithuanian FA step up the fight against racism

Lithuanian FA step up the fight against racism

The Lithuanian Football Federation (LFF) has stepped up it’s fight against racism in football by organising an international youth tournament in Palanga. Teams of 17-year-old youngsters from Moldova, Latvia and Lithuania competed in the week-long tournament which was the second event staged by the Lithuanian association in support of the campaign being led by UEFA…

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Red card for Europe’s football racists?

Red card for Europe’s football racists?

Trevor Phillips, chairman of the UK Commission for Racial Equality has urged football’s governing bodies to ban football teams whose supporters continue to racially abuse. “Where nations fail to deliver they should face serious consequences. The abuse and assault suffered by black players is now such that in my view it constitutes unfair interference in…

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Documentary celebrates three pioneering UK black players

Documentary celebrates three pioneering UK black players

A brilliant radio documentary looking at the significance of the debuts of Laurie Cunningham, Cyril Regis and Brendon Batson for West Bromwich Albion during the 1977- 78 season, can be heard now on the Radio 4 web-site. The “Three Degrees West” documentary celebrates the achievements of the three set against the social and political background…

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UEFA to investigate Macedonia racism

UEFA to investigate Macedonia racism

UEFA has started disciplinary proceedings against the Macedonian FA following a complaint from the English FA, after their Euro 2004 qualifier in Skopje on Saturday 6 September 2003. England’s national anthem was jeered and a St. George flag was burnt before the kick off. Throughout the game, England’s Emile Heskey, Sol Campbell and Ashly Cole…

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Carew racially abused

Carew racially abused

According to Norwegian newspapers, John Carew suffered racist abused during Norway’s 1-0 Euro 2004 qualifying group defeat in Bosnia Herzegovina on Saturday 6 September 2003. In a statement, John says he has never before heard monkey chants so clearly against him as he did Saturday. The president of the Norwegian FA says he will ensure…

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Uefa announce racism fines

Uefa announce racism fines

Uefa have announced that three teams have been found guilty of racism during Champions League and Intertoto Cup competitions during the early part of this season. The sides have all been fined according to the principle of proportionality of the offence, ability to pay and previous record. Two are also guilty of other offences during…

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Scottish FA step up racism fight

Scottish FA step up racism fight

Scottish football is to employ a full-time official to combat racism, and promote a series of high-profile campaigns. The new official will work with the established charity, Show Racism the Red Card, by targeting football clubs and schools on a variety of initiatives and leading campaigns against racism in football grounds. There could also be…

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Croatian police arrest nazi fans

Croatian police arrest nazi fans

Croation police swooped to arrest seven rightwing extremist fans after the Champions League defeat of Dinamo Zagreb to Dinamo Kiev in Zagreb. Croation police have said that those arrested were drunk, obstructing traffic and displaying nazi symbols in public.

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Norway & Scotland Unite to Show Racism The Red Card

Norway & Scotland Unite to Show Racism The Red Card

Oslo, Wednesday 20th August 2003 and both sides hold aloft red cards before the kick off, whilst an anti-racist statement is announced over the tanoy. The powerful message showed that even opposing teams are united in their stance against racism. This uniquely coordinated event was organised by the UK and Norwegian Show Racism The Red…

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Racism blights Wales – Serbia games

Racism blights Wales – Serbia games

The Welsh FA are being urged to make a formal complaint to UEFA, following the racial abuse at the Serbia – Wales Euro 2004 qualifier in Belgrade on Wednesday 20 August, 2003. The Welsh under 21 side faced similar abuse the previous evening during their 3-0 defeat. The Wales manager, Mark Hughes joined many of…

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New statistics highlight continuing problems of racism in UK

New statistics highlight continuing problems of racism in UK

Two surveys highlight the continuing presence of fan racism in English professional football and the need to focus greater attention on efforts to eradicate the problem. The Times newspaper (UK) reports a survey in which 41 per cent of supporters polled claim to have seen or heard racial abuse, particularly racist chanting, in the last…

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Finland says ‘No’ to racism

Finland says ‘No’ to racism

The Football Association of Finland (SPL-FBF) and the country’s Veikkausliiga have launched a joint campaign – ‘Red Card for Racism’ – for the 2003 domestic season. The campaign is a response to UEFA’s call for member nations to take an active stance in the fight against racism. Successful campaign The overall campaign proved to be…

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Honours even as Unity Cup Festival hits stride

Honours even as Unity Cup Festival hits stride

A Newcastle based team of Cameroonians, Le Camer, walked away with the main prize at the weekend-long Unity Cup Festival, as over 200 asylum seekers and refugees from 14 towns and cities took part in Manchester, UK. The competition saw a plethora of celebrities and footballers attend to offer their support to the cause of…

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Never Again Help Clubs Remove Racist Symbols

Never Again Help Clubs Remove Racist Symbols

On 3 August a joint publication of Never Again and the Polish FA was presented at a Warsaw conference that gathered representatives of all the 1st and 2nd league clubs in Poland. The joint publication is designed to help football officials identify and remove racist and neo-fascist symbols appearing in stadiums. A Never Again representative…

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Polish Woodstock Kicks Racism Out

Polish Woodstock Kicks Racism Out

32 teams from all over Poland took part in a football tournament “Let’s Kick Racism Out Of The Stadiums” organized by the anti-racist Never Again Association at this year’s Przystanek Woodstock rock festival. This year’s festival was one of the largest music events in the world, with more than 300,000 participants. It took place in…

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UEFA & FARE issue good practice guide

UEFA & FARE issue good practice guide

UEFA and FARE have been working together to produce the Guide to Good Practice to help the European football community tackle racism. UEFA has distributed the guide to all of Europe’s FAs, leagues, clubs, referees, match delegates and venue directors. The guide is just one of many practical steps being taken as a result of…

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MTV kicks racism out of football

MTV kicks racism out of football

MTV Networks Europe has taken a look at a more sinister aspect of the world’s favourite sport football – with a thought provoking documentary ‘Free Your Mind: Kick Out Racism’ which will air across MTV Networks Europe to over 110 million homes from 26 June 2003. Free Your Mind:Kick Out Racism, is a 30-minute documentary…

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Solidarity with refugees and asylum seekers through sport

Solidarity with refugees and asylum seekers through sport

As Refugee Week has drawn to a close over a hectic weekend of activities, Kick It Out is revealing details of a national football tournament for refugees and asylum seekers in Manchester later this summer. The Unity Cup will bring together teams of footballers who are refugee and asylum seekers from every part of the…

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200 teams meet to overcome hatred and intolerance

200 teams meet to overcome hatred and intolerance

The 17th edition of the Upper Austria Cup will take place between 7th and 12th of July in the town of Wels, near Linz. The youth tournament for boys and girls will gather some 200 teams and 4000 participants from 30 nations from around the world. In the European series of great youth soccer tournaments,…

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‘Football against racism…We are people’: Slovakia says no to racism

‘Football against racism…We are people’: Slovakia says no to racism

The Slovakian FA is to hold it’s second set-piece anti-racist event following the widespread abuse of black England players during the Slovakia – England Euro 2004 qualifier in Bratislava last October. The imaginatively titled “Football Against Racism, We Are People” event will take place this coming weekend in the city of Nitra with a packed…

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Russia To Play Anti-racism Match

Russia To Play Anti-racism Match

The Russian national team are to show their support for the campaign to rid the game of racism. They will play a special match at the Lokomotiv stadium in Moscow on 20 June against a Russian Premiere League foriegn all-star side. The coach of the all-star side has yet to be named, but the team’s…

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Conference to tackle Homophobia in Sport

Conference to tackle Homophobia in Sport

The EGLSF (European Gay & Lesbian Sport Federation), a FARE partner, are holding a major conference looking at the issue of homophobia in sport. The conference will be held Friday the 30th of May in DGI-Byen in Copenhagen. It is aimed not only at gays and lesbians, but politicians, journalist and organizers of sports clubs….

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“Never Again” and Dospel Katowice FC Promote Positive Attitudes

“Never Again” and Dospel Katowice FC Promote Positive Attitudes

The ‘NEVER AGAIN’ Association, a FARE partner and anti-racist organization, together with DOSPEL Katowice, a leading Polish football club, have reached a formal agreement on co-operation in promoting positive attitudes among football fans. Joint activities will promote anti-racism and tolerance under the slogan “Let’s Kick Racism Out Of The Stadiums”. The first joint initiative was…

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UEFA Sends Out Anti-racist Message At Cup Final

UEFA Sends Out Anti-racist Message At Cup Final

European football’s governing body, UEFA, sent out a powerful message during its UEFA Cup Final at the Stadio Olimpico in Seville. Before the kick off between Celtic FC and FC Porto, a board carrying the message “Unite against racism” was displayed. Over 1200 T-shirts bearing the same slogan and information kits were also distributed to…

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Anti-Racism Event at new EURO 2008 stadium in Salzburg

Anti-Racism Event at new EURO 2008 stadium in Salzburg

SV Austria Salzburg dedicated their home-coming match on 10th May 2003 against the new champions FK Austria Wien to the fight against racism, together with the FairPlay campaign. 30,000 magazines and posters carrying the slogan Austria Salzburg shows racism the red card were produced. Players entered the field of play with special T-shirts and presented…

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UEFA Interview Kick It Out’s Piara

UEFA Interview Kick It Out’s Piara

UEFA.com has an interesting interview featuring Piara Powar, Director of UK campaign and FARE partner, Kick It Out. In the article, Piara explains the work of FARE and the role that the footballing community has to play in ridding racism from the game at all levels. See the article in full, over at UEFA’s site:

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Record Fine For English FA

Record Fine For English FA

The English Football Association have been handed a record fine by UEFA following the racist chanting and crowd disturbances at the UEFA EURO 2004 game between England and Turkey, played on 2 April at Sunderland. The FA was also been given a final warning as to the future conduct of England supporters. Racist chanting UEFA’s…

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English FA Changed With Racist Abuse

English FA Changed With Racist Abuse

UEFA has began investigations into alleged racist abuse by England fans during the Euro 2004™ qualifying match between England and Turkey on 2 April 2003. England’s 2-0 victory at Sunderland’s Stadium of Light was marred by two pitch invasions, racist chanting, trouble outside the ground and improper conduct of officials in the tunnel after the…

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UEFA Clear Vieri of Racism Charge

UEFA Clear Vieri of Racism Charge

UEFA has cleared striker Christian Vieri of all allegations of racism during Internazionale FC’s UEFA Champions League match against Newcastle United FC at the San Siro on 11 March. No witnesses The Inter forward was accused of making racist remarks towards Newcastle’s Tresor Lomana Lua Lua. Newcastle made an official complaint to the UEFA delegate…

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Vieira Blasts UEFA

Vieira Blasts UEFA

Arsenal captain, Patrick Vieira, has accused UEFA of not doing enough to challenge racism in football. His comments come after Arsenal’s 2-1 UEFA Champions League exit at Valencia’s Mestalla stadium. The game was marred throughout by racist abuse, directed at all of Arsenal’s Black players. At one point Valencia’s John Carew and Arsenal’s Thierry Henry…

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Racism Doesn’t Stop At The Terraces

Racism Doesn’t Stop At The Terraces

Sports journalist, Gabriele Marcotti, has written an interesting article for UEFA’s online magazine. In it, he argues that, although still abhorrent, racist abuse from the terraces is only part of the picture. He feels that racism runs much deeper than that and is engrained within the game at all levels. Clubs need to do more…

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Vieri Faces Racism Investigation

Vieri Faces Racism Investigation

European Football’s governing body, UEFA, is to investigate claims that Christian Vieri racially abused Newcastle United’s Lomana Lua Lua. The alleged incident occurred during Newcastle’s UEFA Champions League 2 –2 draw against Iternazionale FC in Milan on Tuesday 11 March, 2003. The two players clashed two minutes from time over a disputed fowl given in…

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Charlton Commit To Stamping Out Racism

Charlton Commit To Stamping Out Racism

Premiership side, Charlton Athletic are putting their money where their mouth is by committing £32,000 this year to the Charlton Athletic Race Equality (CARE) partnership. They will also donate over £70,000 in funding in kind, comprised of free office space, match tickets and other items. CARE were delegates at the UEFA/FARE “Unite Against Racism” conference….

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FC Saint Pauli Stand Against Racsim

FC Saint Pauli Stand Against Racsim

German side FC Saint Pauli, have reaffirmed their commitment to stamping out racism and discrimination. The team can be seen, photographed with the “St. Pauli fans against discrimination & racism” banner that was produced by St. Pauli fans during the last FARE Action Week. FC St. Pauli are capitalising on the positive role model that…

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Time For Action

Time For Action

After the recent “Unite Against Racism” conference in London, we must all ensure that discussions blossom into practical steps to challenge racism in the sport. John Williams, representing Leicester’s “Foxes Against Racism” at the conference, has written an excellent article in his regular column for the Leicester Mercury newspaper. He feels that the first step…

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Landmark Event Against Racism In Football

Landmark Event Against Racism In Football

The “Unite Against Racism” conference has been hailed as a landmark event in the struggle to rid the game of the evil of racism. Jointly organised by FARE, UEFA and the English FA and Hosted at Chelsea FC’s Stamford Bridge; the event brought together 52 European football associations and many leading leagues and clubs to…

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UEFA Unites Against Racism With FARE

UEFA Unites Against Racism With FARE

Next week sees the much-anticipated UEFA conference against racism, jointly organised with the FARE Network. The conference hopes to bring together Europe’s football authorities in order to develop a united response against racism in football. It is hosted by the English Football Association at Chelsea FC’s Stamford Bridge in London on 5th March. The conference…

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Red Devils See Red

Red Devils See Red

The Flemish Show Racism the Red Card-campaign, Stichting Samen Kleurrijk Sporten (The United colours of Sports!), have been working with the Belgium national squad on anti-racist publicity. They have produced glossy posters of the Red Devils holding “Show racism the red” placards. Interestingly, half of the Belgium squad are of ethnic minority descent, being Belgium…

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UEFA Call On Refs To Eliminate Racism From Football

UEFA Call On Refs To Eliminate Racism From Football

UEFA has called on Europe’s top referees to make their contribution to eliminating racism from football. The call was made by UEFA’s director of competition operations, Jacob Erel, to a meeting of more than 100 élite referees gathered on the Greek island of Corfu for the annual UEFA referee courses. “UEFA considers the phenomenon of…

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French Parliament Proposes Tough Measures

French Parliament Proposes Tough Measures

On Thursday 23rd January, the French parliament unanimously backed new anti-hooligan measures proposed by Interior Minister Nicolas Sarkozy as part of a new security bill. The measures include a two-year jail sentence and 30,000 euro fine for hooligans who break their stadium ban; and allow police to give sporting authorities a list of people banned…

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Refs To Look At Racism

Refs To Look At Racism

UEFA is to introduce racism into the curriculum for referees. Europe’s international referees will gather on the Greek island of Corfu for the annual UEFA referee courses from 28-30 January. This year, racism will form part of the course. Participants of both the advanced and introductory courses will hear a presentation about activities to counter…

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Protests Over Bowyer Move

Protests Over Bowyer Move

Angry fans voiced their concerns today, following West Ham’s signing of Lee Bowyer from Leeds United. Hammers manager, Glenn Roeder, snapped up the midfielder for a mere £100,000, a fraction of the £9million he was valued at over a year ago. Bowyer does however come with a hidden cost – his troubled past. At the…

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