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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