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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