Ultras fight racism in Campobasso

Ultras fight racism in Campobasso

ULTRANTIRAZZISTA is an anti-racist Ultra group that was founded during the Week of Action in October 2004. FARE and the promoter of the Ultras Smoked Heads from Campobasso organised the first official meeting/discussion on 22 December. Here we would like to publish a brief report on the meeting. “The initiative was formed as an initial…

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FIFA punishment too lenient

FIFA punishment too lenient

Anti-racism campaigners have expressed their severe disappointment following the decision by FIFA to fine the Spanish FA 100,000 Swiss Francs (€65,000), after the recent racism during the Spain – England friendly in Madrid. England duo Shaun Wright-Phillips and Ashley Cole were the main victims during the game on 17 November, suffering “Monkey chants” throughout. FIFA’s…

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Aragones investigated

Aragones investigated

The Spanish Football Federation has announced that it has finally begun disciplinary proceedings against national coach Luis Aragones. Way back in October 2004, Aragones made racist remarks about Thierry Henry to Jose Antonio Reyes during a training session. Unfortunately for Aragones, the remarks were picked up by a film crew and broadcast. Aragones has flatly…

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Clubs appeal over fines

Clubs appeal over fines

Real Madrid and Lazio have both lodged appeals with UEFA over the punishments handed to them for the behaviour of their fans. Real were fined €9780 after their fans racially abused Bayer Laverkusen’s black players during their Champions League match. Broadcast live on TV, sections of the Real crowd could be seen making Nazi salutes….

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Athens derby gets ugly

Athens derby gets ugly

Ugly scenes of racist chanting have brought shame upon the Athens derby between Olymiakos and Panathinaikos on Saturday 4 December 2004. During the game, second-half substitute, Emmanuel Olisadebe was repeatedly subjected to “Monkey chanting” from the home fans. The abuse was so loud it could be clearly heard on TV. It is unclear whether any…

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Getafe players to blacken faces in racism protest

Getafe players to blacken faces in racism protest

In a clear rejection of racism the players of Spanish first division side Getafe will take the field with blackened faces at their next home game. “We are against racism and xenophobia and will express this in the clearest terms”. The initiative comes in response to some racist chanting by a group of Getafe fans…

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Danish survey finds racism

Danish survey finds racism

The Danish television station TV3, who own the rights to broadcast all Danish top football, have commissioned a survey on racism in Danish football. The results show that there are 23 black players, who play on a regularly basis in the top Danish league. Out of them 22 engaged to participate in the survey. The…

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Danish FA still blinkered

Danish FA still blinkered

The Danish Football Association is still struggling to accept that there are problems of racism in Danish football. This startling stance comes as the country’s media is embraced in debate following some recent racist incidents at Danish football clubs. The Danish FA claim that there is no problem, that the recent episodes were initiated by…

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Barcelona's Eto'o suffers racist abuse

Barcelona's Eto'o suffers racist abuse

Yet another racist incident in football, again in Spain. This time the victim was Barcelona star Samuel Eto'o. The Cameroon international was the target of racist chanting and abuse during last night's La Liga clash with Getafe, which Barcelona won 2-1. Around 50 Getafe fans directed monkey chants at Africa's player of the year each…

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“Racism is to be found among players, too, not just the fans,” says Seedorf

“Racism is to be found among players, too, not just the fans,” says Seedorf

Europe's stadia are experiencing a flood of racism, what's your opinion on this, Clarence Seedorf? “In my view these incidents are a reflection of society in general, where discrimination against people with black or yellow skin, people who wear glasses, anyone who is different, predominates.” You don't think it is the consequence of racist conviction?…

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UEFA fines clubs for racism

UEFA fines clubs for racism

UEFA’s Appeals Body have slapped Czech club AC Sparta Praha with a €40,000 fine after their fans racially abused Olympique Lyonnais players during a UEFA Champions League match on 29 September 2004. UEFA’s Control & Disiplinary Body originally fined Sparta €33,000 on 7 October, but Sparta appealed and after reconsidering the offences, UEFA increased the…

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Irish step up fight against racism

Irish step up fight against racism

The Irish Football Association (IFA) is stepping up their fight against racism in Northern Irish football. IFA staff, referees, coaches and players are to attend a training day in Belfast; at a time when racist and homophobic attacks are on the rise in Northern Ireland. IFA President, Jim Boyce, has given his full backing to…

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Racism returns to Brøndby

Racism returns to Brøndby

After nearly 2 months with no incidents, racism has returned to Danish club Brøndby IF. On 14 November 2004, small sections of the Brøndby crowd made “Monkey chants” against FC Nordsjælland’s Francis Dickoh and on 21 November against AGF’s Jeffrey Aubynn. Jais Tindborg, chairman of the official Brøndby Support fanclub, has contacted the board of…

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Double shame of Bernabeu

Double shame of Bernabeu

Real Madrid fans have brought shame upon the Bernabeu less than a week after the disgusting scenes there that shocked the international football community. This most recent episode occurred during Real’s UEFA Champions League match against Bayer Leverkusen, played on Tuesday 23 November 2004. Again, the Spanish crowd “Monkey chanted” whenever Leverkusen’s Roque Junior had…

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Fined & banned for racist abuse

Fined & banned for racist abuse

A Blackburn Rovers fan has been fined £1,000 and banned from attending football matches for 5 years, after admitting to racially abusing Birmingham's Dwight Yorke. 22 year old Jason Perryman from Chorely in north east England, admitted to a racially aggravated public order offence before Blackburn magistrates court. Another man charged with an alleged incident…

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Dutch campaigners fear PSV progress unacknowledged

Dutch campaigners fear PSV progress unacknowledged

There is concern amongst anti-racist campaigners in Holland that the English media are unfairly building up expectations of racist abuse from PSV Eindhoven supporters at this week’s Champions League game against Arsenal. Illya Jongeneel, of Euro Support commented, “PSV is now an example for all other Dutch clubs in how to campaign against racism. They…

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Racial abuse allegations mar match

Racial abuse allegations mar match

The Blackburn Rovers verse Birmingham match in the English Premier League has been marred by allegations of racist abuse directed at Dwight Yorke. The incident happened as Dwight Yorke, a former Blackburn player, was warming up prior to the match. Two spectators taunted Yorke from the corner of the stand. Dwight went over to confront…

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FARE calls for action over England abuse

FARE calls for action over England abuse

The Football Against Racism in Europe network (FARE) has called upon FIFA to take far-reaching action against the Spanish Football Association to ensure that Wednesday’s racial abuse is effectively dealt with. The network is calling for the suspense of Spanish participation in footballing competition until the Spanish Football Association can satisfy Europe’s governing bodies that…

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England suffer 90 minutes of abuse

England suffer 90 minutes of abuse

The footballing community is apalled over the racist abuse suffered by England’s black players in their 1-0 defeat in a friendly against Spain on Wednesday 17 November 2004. Throughout the match, the Santiago Bernabéu crowd “Monkey Chanted” England’s Jermaine Jenas, Ashley Cole and Shaun Wright-Phillips. England midfielder, Jermaine Jenas, says that it’s the worst abuse…

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Condemnation floods in over Spanish racism

Condemnation floods in over Spanish racism

Yet again, the football world is in shock at yet another sequence of racist incidents in an international game. On Wednesday 17 November, England’s black players were constantly abused during a friendly against Spain at the Santiago Bernabéu. The UK Prime Minister, Tony Blair has joined in the criticism, stating that he was very disappointed…

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Kick It Out calls for action over England abuse

Kick It Out calls for action over England abuse

FARE partner, Kick It Out, has called upon UEFA and FIFA to take far-reaching action against the Spanish Football Association to ensure that racial abuse on Wednesday 17 November 2004, is effectively dealt with in Spanish football. The campaign are calling for Spanish participation in European footballing competitions to be suspended until the Spanish Football…

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Players’ union wanted England to walk off

Players’ union wanted England to walk off

Gordon Taylor, chief of the UK players’ union (PFA), has said that England should have pulled its players off the pitch after the racist abuse during their game with Spain. Jermaine Jenas, Ashley Cole and Shaun Wright-Phillips faced a barrage of racist abuse from the Spanish fans throughout the game. Players union chief Gordon Taylor…

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FIFA respond to Spanish racism

FIFA respond to Spanish racism

FIFA, the world’s governing football authority, has issued a statement after the appalling racial abuse suffered by England in Spain. The match, which fell under FIFA jurisdiction, was marred throughout by racist chanting from large sections of the Spanish crowd towards England’s black players. The statement, on the FIFA website reads, “FIFA is concerned about…

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Nazi salutes in Spain

Nazi salutes in Spain

Disturbing racist scenes occurred during the Spanish national cup (Copa del rey) match between Cádiz CF and Betis Sevilla, played at Cadiz’s Ramón de Carranza stadium on the 10 November, 2004. A group of about 80 people belonging to the Betis Sevilla ultra group Supporters Gol Sur, shouted racist and anti-Semitic chants throughout the game….

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TV pundit in race slur

TV pundit in race slur

Sky TV pundid, Frank McLintock, has sparked another TV race row in the UK after using the word “n*gg*r” on a live broadcast. The Arsenal FC legend, now a Sky Sports TV presenter stunned viewers during a phone-in show as he criticised the management set-up at Spurs which caused Jacques Santini to quit. Referring to…

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Babelsberg 03 & Tennis Borussia make a stand against racism

Babelsberg 03 & Tennis Borussia make a stand against racism

During the FARE Action Week the supporters, players and officials of German 4th Division outfits Babelsberg 03 and Tennis Borussia Berlin expressed their collective rejection of racism. Fans of both clubs organised a joint choreography with the slogan “Our kops are seeing red – against racism, chauvinism and anti-Semitism”, while the players ran onto the…

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FC St. Pauli commemorates victims of Nazi dictatorship

FC St. Pauli commemorates victims of  Nazi dictatorship

To mark the 66th anniversary of the Jewish pogrom on November 9, Corny Littmann, president of German 3rd division club FC St. Pauli, and Roger Hasenbein, representing the national supporters clubs, unveiled a commemorative plaque in honour of the victims of National Socialism. “FC St. Pauli and its fans have a long tradition of campaigning…

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Zesh makes Premiership history

Zesh makes Premiership history

Zesh Rehman has become the first British-born Asian player to play in the English Premiership. Rehman, who has played for Fulham FC since childhood, started in their 2-0 victory over Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday 31 October. Rehman, 21, was born in Birmingham to Pakistani parents. Like most football mad kids, he honed his skills playing…

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Swiss football hero faces racism allegations

Swiss football hero faces racism allegations

Swiss national hero, Stéphane Chapuisat, has allegedly made racist remarks towards Selver Hodzic, a FC Thun player who is of Bosnian origin. Chapuisat is accused of making the abusive remarks during the Swiss super league game between Young Boys Bern and FC Thun. Ironically, the alleged incidents happened during a match designated by the club…

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FARE Action Week – Follow-up activities

FARE Action Week – Follow-up activities

Overwhelming success The 5th FARE Action Week against racism and discrimination saw activities in 33 countries. Hundreds of football clubs, supporter groups, ethnic-minority initiatives, youth groups and schools participated in activities as part of the Action Week. Anti-racism events had been organised in the top leagues in England, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Austria, Romania, Serbia…

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Football Unites down the lane

Football Unites down the lane

FARE partner, Football Unites, Racism Divides showed their support for the FARE Action Week on Saturday 23 October. Staff and volunteers from the project distributed Stickers, Kick It Out fanzines and Show Racism the Red Card team posters at the Sheffield United Vs Plymouth match in the English Coca Cola Championship. Before the match, both…

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Action Week under way

Action Week under way

Over the coming week (22 Oct. 2004), the fifth FARE Action Week against Racism and Discrimination in European football, will peak with a series of high-profile and grass-roots events. In line with the emphasis of the FARE network to campaign in Central and Eastern Europe for a football culture free of racism, anti-Semitism and discrimination,…

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Liverpool footballing pioneers unite against racism

Liverpool footballing pioneers unite against racism

Liverpool’s pioneering footballers are set to give football’s anti-racism week of action their support at an event hosted by the Royal Philharmonic Hall on the 25th October at 2pm. Liverpool footballing legend John Barnes will join former Liverpool players, Michael Thomas and Howard Gayle, current Liverpool forward, Neil Mellor, and Tranmere player, Paul Hall to…

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European Action Week will reach its peak

European Action Week will reach its peak

Over the coming week the fifth FARE Action Week against Racism and Discrimination in European football, launched on the 14 October, will hit the highest point with a series of high-profile and grass-root events. In line with the emphasis of the FARE network to campaign in Central and Eastern Europe for a football culture free…

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Kids get involved in Italy

Kids get involved in Italy

Action Week in Italy got off to a fun start with a series of events for the younger children. UISP Sporty, the children’s sector of FARE partner, UISP, organised a series of events in Rome on 10th October followed by Lecce on 16 October, with Sicily soon to follow on 23 October. Central to the…

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FARE Action Week kick-off in Belgrade

FARE Action Week kick-off in Belgrade

Last weekend the FARE activities started in Serbia & Montenegro. Kick off was a press conference on Friday 15 October together with FK Partizan in Belgrade. Partizan players Pierre Boya and Ifeany Emeghara together with Michael Fanizadeh from FARE promoted the ideas of FARE. FK Partizan announced the planned activities before the kick off at…

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Champions League joins FARE Action Week

Champions League joins FARE Action Week

The UEFA Champions League is featured heavily in the FARE Action Week, with all 16 games in the competition featuring symbolic action against racism. Europe’s football governing body UEFA will offer the spotlight of their top club competition to send out a powerful anti-racism message. At the Champions League matches played in the Week of…

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Forum to encourage more black and Asian fans into football

Forum to encourage more black and Asian fans into football

A unique gathering of celebrities, fans and professional footballers will come together in the UK to look at issues related to the involvement of black and Asian fans in football on Thursday 21st October 2004. The United Colours Of Football forum will involve leading people in the game such as England’s most capped black player…

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Metz supporters celebrate freedom

Metz supporters celebrate freedom

Metz supporters in France have celebrated the end of the Nazis with style, with a giant 40 metre wide banner. The display was part of FARE’s action week and remembers the towns liberation from the Nazis 60 years ago. 40 dedicated people spent 3 weeks working on the choreography. The display was a great success,…

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FARE Action Week: Schalker Fan-Initiative launches creative competition

FARE Action Week: Schalker Fan-Initiative launches creative competition

Prize to be awarded in front of over 60,000 fans – Frank Rost on the jury As part of the 5th European Action Week against racism and discrimination (14-26 October) staged by the network Football Against Racism in Europe (FARE), the Schalker Fan-Initiative e.V. and FC Schalke 04 are organising a creative competition on the…

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Action Week against racism to kick off today- Events in 33 countries

Action Week against racism to kick off today- Events in 33 countries

In what will be the largest series of anti-racism activities in European football, the FARE (Football Against Racism in Europe) Action Week in football kicks off today. Over the next twelve days large sections of the European football family will stand symbolically united against racism and discrimination through the FARE Action Week. Hundreds of football…

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2004 European Fair Play Award goes to FairPlay-vidc

2004 European Fair Play Award goes to FairPlay-vidc

The anniversary celebration of the European Fair Play Movement was held at Vienna City Hall on September 23 as a part of the 10th European Fair Play Congress. At the event, the Vienna Institute for Development and Co-operation (VIDC) received the 2004 European Fair Play Award for its antiracist football campaign “FairPlay. Many Colours. One…

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Spanish national coach in race slur

Spanish national coach in race slur

Spanish national team coach, Luis Aragones is in hot water after referring to Thierry Henry using racist language. It was during a training session whilst motivating Henry’s Arsenal team-mate Reyes, that Aragones refered to Henry as “That black sh*t”. Unfortunately for Aragones, the session was being filmed with his words picked up by the microphones….

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England squad to back anti-racism week of action

England squad to back anti-racism week of action

The countdown to football’s anti-racism week of action continues this week with a boost from the England squad on Wednesday 6th October. The squad will wear anti-racism T-shirts at an open training session at Manchester United’s Carrington training ground before the vital World Cup qualifier against Wales this weekend. The FA and campaigners hope public…

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UEFA vows swift punishment for racism

UEFA vows swift punishment for racism

European football’s governing body, UEFA, have confirmed that they will take swift action against Hungarian champions Ferencvaros after the ugly scenes during their 3-1 UEFA Cup victory over Millwall in Budapest on Thursday 30 September 2004. Throughout the match, the Ferencvaros crowd showered Millwall’s Paul Ifall and Mark McCammon with a torrent of racist abuse….

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The English FA supports gay football play

The English FA supports gay football play

The Football Association has shown support for “Gaffer!”, a new play that deals with homophobia in sport. Written by Chris Chibnell, the play focuses on a football manager who struggles privately with his own homosexuality. At a press conference, Chris Chibnell said, “It's about a guy in a very closed world who discovers something that…

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Racism rears its ugly head again

Racism rears its ugly head again

Racist abuse has again reared its ugly head during a major European football match. Racist banners and abuse were witnessed during the Legia Warzawa – FK Austria Vienna UEFA Cup match played on 30 October, 2004. The banners, clearly visible on Austrian TV, featured “Legia 88” with the “88” being in a circle – a…

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Concerns over racist abuse in Eastern Europe

Concerns over racist abuse in Eastern Europe

Campaigners have expressed renewed concern over the continuing situation with regard to racism and disorder in East European football following events in Budapest on 30 September 2004. The Ferencvaros v Millwall UEFA cup tie in Budapest was marred by disorder inside and outside the stadium, and by racist chanting directed at midfielder Paul Ifill and…

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Survey shows shocking results

Survey shows shocking results

UK newspaper, The Guardian, has publish the results of a survey of Asian football fans in the UK. Nearly a quarter of Asian supporters said that they had witnessed racist abuse at matches. Most respondents did not let this deter them from attending matches and 60% thought that their club were active in stamping out…

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Racial violence flares in Greece after defeat

Racial violence flares in Greece after defeat

Numerous outbreaks of violence flared up in Greece after the Euro 2004 champions were defeated 2-1 in a World Cup qualifying match against neighbouring Albania. Albanians, who make up the largest immigrant group in Greece, came under threat up and down the country. The situation deteriorated so dramatically in Athens that police used tear gas…

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England team humbled by Auschwitz

England team humbled by Auschwitz

Players from the English national squad took time out from football yesterday to reflect upon more important matters. David Beckham, Michael Owen, Frank Lampard, Gary Neville and team-mates visited Auschwitz ahead of the team’s World Cup qualifier against Poland. Located in the southern Polish town of Oswiecim, Auschwitz-Berkenau was the largest of the Nazi’s World…

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UEFA buries racism

UEFA buries racism

To mark its Golden Jubilee year, UEFA has buried a time capsule at its Nyon headquarters in western Switzerland. The capsule, to be opened in 50 years time, was sealed at a ceremony attended by UEFA chief executive Lars-Christer Olsson. The capsule contains a wealth of football paraphernalia donated by some of Europe’s top clubs….

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Police clamp down on football bigotry

Police clamp down on football bigotry

Police in Scotland have arrested 23 people for race or religious-related offences during the Celtic V Rangers match on Sunday 29 August. Under the recent Criminal Justice (Scotland) Act, aggravated racist or religious prejudice is unlawful. Both Celtic and Rangers have encouraged their supporters to cease bigotry and racism at their football matches. Celtic have…

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Racist chanter banned from football

Racist chanter banned from football

Kenneth Holmes, 28, has been banned from all UK football matches for three years and fined after shouting racist abuse during a Millwall FC match against Leicester City on August 14. Holmes was convicted at Greenwich Magistrates' Court in London on August 18. Police superintendent Brian Pearce said he hoped the ban would serve as…

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Red Star Belgrade punished

Red Star Belgrade punished

UEFA have slapped a fine of €37,700 on FK Crvena Zvezda (Red Star Belgrade) as a punishment for the racism shown at two Champions League Qualifier matches in Belgrade. During the first-leg tie against PSV Eindhoven on 11 August, large sections of Red Star Belgrade supporters repeatedly made “Monkey chants” whenever PSV’s No 11, DaMarcus…

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Players flock to AsiaEurope Football Festival

Players flock to AsiaEurope Football Festival

The BBC is carrying a news article about a recent football festival that hopes to give Asian players their chance to impress major clubs. Every week thousands of young Asians play football in amateur leagues, yet there are only five South Asian professionals in the UK. The AsiaEurope festival, hosted by Liverpool Hope University College,…

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Brøndby Fans Against Racism

Brøndby Fans Against Racism

Fans of Danish first league club Brønby IF, are set to launch their anti-racist campaign on 15 August at the match against FC Midtjylland. The official fan club Brøndby Support, whose members total more than 10,000, have decided to react to recent racist incidents in the stadium and in Danish football at large. The campaign…

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PSV’s DaMarcus Beasley racially abused

PSV’s DaMarcus Beasley racially abused

PSV winger DaMarcus Beasley faced a torrent of racial abuse during his side’s UEFA Champions League match on Wednesday 11 August 2004. Red Star fans repeatedly made “Monkey chants” whenever Beasley had the ball at the Marakana Stadium. UEFA have started an investigation into this matter and have made inquiries with PSV officials.

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Gambian keeper abused in Stockholm derby

Gambian keeper abused in Stockholm derby

Gambian goalkeeper Dembo Touray was subjected to racist abuse and pelted with bananas by opposing fans while playing for Swedish champions Djurgarden on Monday. Touray was shocked by the fans' action in the match Djugarden lost 3-0 to Hammarby. He said that the racist action, which suggests that he is a monkey, affected his performance…

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Unity cup kicks off this weekend

Unity cup kicks off this weekend

Hundreds of Refugee and Asylum seeker footballers from all over the UK are preparing to travel to Manchester this weekend for a national football festival of sport, music and entertainment. The Unity Cup Festival, organised by FARE partner Kick It Out, will be played over the weekend of the 17th and 18th July at the…

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Brigate GialloBlu Modena win the Mondiali Antirazzisti 2004 Cup

Brigate GialloBlu Modena win the Mondiali Antirazzisti 2004 Cup

The Mondiali Antirazzisti (Anti-racist World Cup) 2004 has ended with Brigate GialloBlu Modena being awarded the Mondiali Antirazzisti 2004 Cup by Paul Elliot, former Chelsea and Bari defender. The Antirazzisti Mondiali is an annual anti-racist football festival, held every year in Montecchio, Italy. It is a friendly 5-a-side multicultural football tournament where football fan groups…

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Anti-racism event in Moscow

Anti-racism event in Moscow

Russian first league club, FC Moscow, started a series of anti-racism actions with a press conference on 8 July 2004. At the league match against FC Rubin Kazan on 11 July, the players from FC Moscow will wear T-shirts with the slogan “Moscow Against Racism” during the warm-up. A declaration will be announced by the…

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6000 fans expected for Anti-Racist World Cup

6000 fans expected for Anti-Racist World Cup

The 8th edition of the annual Mondiali Antirazzisti (Anti-Racist World Cup) is set to kick-off on Thursday, 8 July. Over the week-end 168 teams representing 40 countries and more than 6.000 participants will gather in the small Italian town of Montecchio in Italy for five days of football, music and action against discrimination. The friendly…

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Football unites the most marginalised

Football unites the most marginalised

A national football festival will show how football can be used to reach out to some of the most marginalised groups in the UK later this month. The Unity Cup will bring together teams of asylum seekers and refugees from across the country to Manchester in the largest sporting gathering of refugees and Asylum seekers…

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Holland star backs international anti-racism football tournament

Holland star backs international anti-racism football tournament

Chelsea and Holland defender, Mario Melchiot, has offered his support to an international football festival in Italy where thousands of amateur footballers from across Europe will flock to make a stand against racism and discrimination in early July. The “Mondiali Antirazzisti”, which translates into the Anti-racist World Cup, has been organised by Italian fan group…

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StreetKick hailed as a success by Lisbon authorities

StreetKick hailed as a success by Lisbon authorities

The Authorities in Lisbon praised the success of the “StreetKick” project today, as having had a positive impact on the atmosphere in the lead up to the England v Croatia game yesterday evening. A FARE initiative, the project was operated by the Sheffield based group and FARE member, Football Unites Racism Divides. The inflatable footballing…

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Campaigners call for action over Croatia racism

Campaigners call for action over Croatia racism

Representatives of the Football Against Racism in Europe (FARE) network will today call for urgent action after racist chanting and neo- nazi banners were reported at the Croatia vs. France game in Lieira last night (17th June 2004). FARE observers and other fans present, reported mass abuse of the French team of “Go back to…

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Racist incidents mar Croatia versus France match

Racist incidents mar Croatia versus France match

Openly racist behaviour limited to minority, however Members of the Football Against Racism in Europe (FARE) team at the European Championships in Portugal have witnessed racist behaviour by a small number of fans at several matches during the group stages. Their provocations have not met with the approval of the mass of supporters, however. The…

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Successful kick-off for FARE Streetkick before Germany – Netherlands

Successful kick-off for FARE Streetkick before Germany – Netherlands

After a slow start before the Italy – Denmark game in Guimaraes, due to problems with the local authorities, things got serious for the FARE workers yesterday. Streetkick was based in the central square Praga de D. Joao, which had been used as the German fan zone for hundreds of their supporters, it was the…

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FARE activities in Portugal kick off

FARE activities in Portugal kick off

FARE reception in Porto FARE’s activities in Portugal were officially launched at a reception held at the Sheraton Hotel in Porto on Saturday, 12 June. High-ranking politicians, officials from several football associations and travelling fans gathered to celebrate FARE’s past successes and discuss the various aspects of the work that needs to be done in…

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Euro 2004 fans come together for friendlies

Euro 2004 fans come together for friendlies

After a trial run in Porto on Friday the serious stuff begins today (June 14) for the FARE workers from the UK-based “Football unites, Racism divides” organisation. In the run-up to the Denmark versus Italy game their inflatable Streetkick game will be in use on the campus of Guimarães University between 10.30 and 15.00. Thanks…

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Lisbon Chief of Police sacked due to alleged racist remark

Lisbon Chief of Police sacked due to alleged racist remark

A day before kick-off and the first racist incident of EURO 2004 has led to the taking of a very public scalp. The Mayor of Lisbon, Pedro Santana Lopes, sacked his Chief of Police because of a racist remark he is said to have made. The Police Chief, José Almeida Rodrigues, had turned down a…

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England against racism

England against racism

The England squad have reaffirmed their commitment against racism prior to the Euro 2004 championships. TheFA, England’s football governing body has collaborated with FARE partner Show Racism the Red Card, to produce posters displaying the England team in front of an “England Against Racism” banner. The posters are available from from Show Racism the Red…

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Anti-racist event to kick off Euro 2004

Anti-racist event to kick off Euro 2004

On the opening day of UEFA EURO 2004, the Football Against Racism in Europe (FARE) network, in cooperation with the EU’s European Monitoring Centre on Racism and Xenophobia (EUMC), will host a lunch reception in Porto. Members of the international media present in Portugal are cordially invited. With the support of UEFA, the European Union,…

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Top names support Euro 2004 anti-racism project

Top names support Euro 2004 anti-racism project

Top name players, administrators and campaigners will underline the urgency of tackling racism in football across Europe this weekend, as the Football Against Racism in Europe (FARE) network launch a series of activities at Euro 2004. Players from Champions League winners FC Porto will join Paul Elliott (formerly of Celtic, Chelsea and Bari); legendary Ghanaian…

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FARE launch racism hotline for Euro 2004

FARE launch racism hotline for Euro 2004

A new initiative to help tackle racism at Euro 2004 is being launched next week by the Football Against Racism in Europe (FARE) network. For the first time a telephone reporting number [00 351 966 027 283] will be available to fans to call and report racism or xenophobia at a major international sporting tournament….

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Anti-racist group firebombed

Anti-racist group firebombed

Friday 7th May was a sad day for People Against Racism, an anti-racist group based in Slovakia. A day before the national holiday celebrating the wartime victory over fascism, their office was firebombed. A bottle of flammable liquid and used matches were found near to the site. The blaze is being treated as arson, with…

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Fans to host anti-racist street party at UEFA Champions League final

Fans to host anti-racist street party at UEFA Champions League final

On Wednesday, 26 May, the final of the UEFA Champions League takes place at the Arena AufSchalke in Gelsenkirchen, Germany. The flagship European club football event will again highlight the fight against racism in football. FARE partner Schalker Fan-Initiative, in association with the City of Gelsenkirchen, will be organising a number of activities at an…

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UEFA co-hosts conference to combat racism

UEFA co-hosts conference to combat racism

UEFA has teamed up with the European Union’s Committee of the Regions (CoR) and the European Monitoring Centre on Racism and Xenophobia to host an international conference about using sport to combat racism. The conference began on Wednesday 19 May, 2004 in Braga, Portugal – one of the hosting cities of this year’s Euro 2004…

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Scottish clubs urged to 'Fight racism'

Scottish clubs urged to 'Fight racism'

The Scottish Parliament has urged all of Scotland’s professional football clubs to challenge racism by implementing the FARE/UEFA 10-point plan. Labour MSP (Member of Scottish Parliament) Bill Butler has started the debate to put pressure on the clubs to take part in the campaign. Originally drafted by FARE, and adopted by UEFA, the 10-point plan…

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Hill backs Big Ron

Hill backs Big Ron

UK football pundit Jimmy Hill has launched an astonishing defence of Ron Atkinson’s recent on-air racist abuse of Chelsea’s Marcel Desailly. He claims that Ron’s racist insults are just “Fun” between footballers. The former BBC “Match of the Day” presenter said, “In that context, you wouldn't think that words like ‘n****r’ were particularly insulting: it…

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Dundee FC ban racist fanzine

Dundee FC ban racist fanzine

Dundee Football Club in Scotland has banned supporters’ group Dee 4 Life from selling a fanzine containing racist material in its ground. The fanzine, containing racist terms and sexual cartoons, has been widely condemned for what one senior church figure described as a “careless” fund-raising initiative. Dundee FC said that the club “abhors racism in…

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SK Brann bans racists

SK Brann bans racists

SK Brann in Norway has banned a group of supporters who subjected an opposing player to a flood of racist abuse. Sogndal IL defender Robbie Russell was subjected to racial taunts from a small number of Brann supporters during his team's 3-1 home win against local rivals SK Brann on Sunday 9 May 2004. Russell,…

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Racism endemic in football

Racism endemic in football

An investigation by the Mirror Newspaper in the UK, has shown that racism is still endemic at the top levels of the game. The article shows that although black players have made great progress on the pitch as players, their numbers are few and far between in the game’s controlling structures. It seems, black players…

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Top players dispel asylum myths in video

Top players dispel asylum myths in video

FARE partner, Show Racism the Red Card has gathered together some of the UK’s top footballing personalities in an educational video that aims to dispel some of the myths around asylum seekers. Supported by Amnesty International and the Refugees Council, the video features Gary Lineker, Thierry Henry, Shaka Hislop, Lomana Lua Lua, David James, Shola…

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TV football pundit quits after racist slur

TV football pundit quits after racist slur

Ron Atkinson, a legendary football pundit on the UK’s ITV channel, has quit his job after making a racist slur live on air. The incident occurred after the Monaco – Chelsea Champions League game on Tuesday 20 April 2004. His comments were directed at Chelsea defender Marcel Desailly, whom Atkinson referred to as a “f*****g…

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Play tackles football racism & xenophobia

Play tackles football racism & xenophobia

Roy William’s play, “Sing Yer Heart Out for the Lads,” returns to the Cottesloe Theatre in London this week. The play, which was first performed in 2002, is set in a Pub during England’s World Cup Qualifying match against Germany in 2000. It explores the issues of national identity and racism in football, as the…

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Budapest derby marred by anti-Semitic chanting

Budapest derby marred by anti-Semitic chanting

The Budapest premier league derby between MTK Hungária FC and Ferencváros on Sunday 18 April 2004 was marred by anti-Semitic chanting. During the game, supporters of Ferencvárosi engaged in continuous anti-Semitic chanting whilst waving a Neo-Nazi flag. The incident at the Hidegkúti Nándor stadium occurred during the second half when MTK were leading 1-0. MTK…

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Anti-Semitism spoils Slovakian game

Anti-Semitism spoils Slovakian game

During a match between Spartak Trnava and SK Slovan Bratislava on 10 April 2004, hooligans from both sides began anti-semitic chants towards each other. Trnava fans shouted “Jude, Jude, Jude, all of Blava” repeatedly as well as some racist chants referring to Bratislava as “Gypsies”. In an act of pre-organised intolerance, they even held aloft…

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Belgians step up campaign

Belgians step up campaign

Belgium's top clubs, coaches, players and officials have stepped up their efforts to combat the evil of racism within the game. The Belgian Football Association (URBSFA) has been working in close conjunction with the country's Centre for Equal Opportunities and the Samen Kleurrijk Sporten foundation. Together, the 'Samen Kleurrijk Sporten – Carte Rouge au Racisme'…

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SV Mattersburg join anti-racist campaign

SV Mattersburg join anti-racist campaign

Austrian Bundesliga club SV Mattersburg marked their joining of the anti-racist campaign FairPlay-vidc with an organised event at the match against SV Salzburg on 3 April 2004. “Against Racism in a United Europe” was the slogan of the event, welcoming the Austria’s neighbouring countries into the European Union on 1 May 2004. More than 9000…

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Police & FA target amateur football racists

Police & FA target amateur football racists

The police and the Football Association in England have launched a new campaign to tackle racist abuse in amateur football. Previous campaigns have been aimed at players and fans in the professional game, leaving fans and players in the amateur game vulnerable. Footballers in schools and local league games are being warned that racist behaviour…

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Clubs unite against racism

Clubs unite against racism

Two clubs in the Netherlands recently put aside their differences and joined forces to present a united front against racism. This ground-breaking event occurred before the match between PSV Eindhoven and Feyenoord on Sunday 14 March 2004. Prior to the kick-off, children from both the PSV Juniorclub and the Feyenoord juniorclub (de Kameraadjes) together with…

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Racist fans face lifelong ban

Racist fans face lifelong ban

Dundee have promised to impose lifelong bans on two fans involved in racial abuse during their Scottish Premier League match against Celtic at Dens Park. The pair were questioned by police after being notified by fellow supporters. They are accused of directing a tirade of racist abuse towards Celtic’s Guinea defender, Bobo Balde. A Dundee…

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Sport must stop homophobia

Sport must stop homophobia

The “Building Bridges” conference has concluded that sporting authorities must do more to prevent discrimination due to sexual orientation. To counteract the silence on homophobia and the discrimination on sexual orientation in Sport, the conference called for a European Year against Homophobia. The year against Homophobia in 2008 would follow previous years: against racism, for…

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Anti-racist artwork floods in

Anti-racist artwork floods in

A staggering 900 pieces of artwork have flooded in to an art competition from 68 Irish schools. The Show Racism the Red Card arts competition was part of FARE’s two-year work programme, co-funded by the European Commision and UEFA. An CD-ROM was distributed to every school in the country along with posters, leaflets and information…

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Fans gather to combat racism

Fans gather to combat racism

Members of the FARE network gathered over the weekend for a major conference at the Arena Auf Schalke in Gelsenkirchen, Germany. FC Schalke 04 hosted the gathering of 70 fan groups, anti-racist initiatives and ethnic minority organisations from 19 countries across the continent. The conference was designated an official part of Schalke's centenary celebrations. The…

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FARE conference to tackle racism & discrimination

FARE conference to tackle racism & discrimination

The Arena AufSchalke is set to host the latest initiative by FARE to challenge racism & discrimination within the game. The prestigious FARE conference 2004 will bring together grassroots activists from all across Europe to the home of FC Schalke 04 on Friday 6th February. The conference is titled “Networking against racism and discrimination in…

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Top names toast the UK’s Kick It Out campaign

Top names toast the UK’s Kick It Out campaign

Some of the biggest names in football gathered in central London to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the Let’s Kick Racism Out of Football campaign on Wednesday 21st January. England manager, Sven Goran Eriksson, FA Chief Executive, Mark Palios, and Premiership players including Sol Campbell, Ashley Cole, Les Ferdinand, Martin Keown and Chris Powell, joined…

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Croatian national coach blasts gays

Croatian national coach blasts gays

Otto Baric, the Croatian national team coach, has blasted gays in an interview published in “Jutarnji List”, a Zagreb newspaper. He said that he could never work with a team that includes a gay player because he felt it was wrong. He views homosexuality as “abnormal and should not be practiced by young people.” “I…

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Top footballers gather for action

Top footballers gather for action

Scotland’s top SPL football stars gathered at Hampden Park today to help launch this weekend’s Show Racism the Red Card Weekend of Action. Saturday and Sunday will see the Bank of Scotland Premierleague and all its member clubs uniting to support Show Racism the Red Card. This marks the first such weekend of action in…

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UEFA wants greater ethnic minority participation

UEFA wants greater ethnic minority participation

UEFA says that efforts to combat racism in football can only be totally successful if there is greater ethnic minority participation in the game at all levels – and especially if a greater number of ethnic minorities go to stadiums to watch matches. Good Practice FARE recently helped UEFA prepare a “Guide to Good Practice”…

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“Never Again” receive prestigious award

“Never Again” receive prestigious award

Marcin Kornak, the founder the “Never Again” Association, received a prestigious annual award at the Warsaw Centre for the Promotion of Voluntary Work. He was the winner of the “Democracy and Development in 2003” award for work such as their successful anti-racist sports campaign “Let's Kick Racism Out of the Stadiums”. “Never Again” are core…

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Lipa punished for racist remark

Lipa punished for racist remark

Austrian international Andreas Lipa has been fined by the English FA for making a racist remark to Plymouth Argyle FC's Jason Bent. The 32-year-old player was charged with 'using insulting words aggravated by a racist element' during Port Vale FC’s home match against Plymouth on 18 October 2003. The fine was limited to just £500…

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Officials urged to act on racism

Officials urged to act on racism

UEFA has urged Europe's top assistant referees to look out for and report racist incidents. They were told that they could play a crucial role in the Europe-wide campaign to eliminate racism, intolerance and discrimination from the game. It is not only the top assistant referees who are performing in front of large crowds who…

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FARE’s Review of 2003

FARE’s Review of 2003

2003 began with FARE forging even stronger links with UEFA. The fruits of this working relationship began to pay off. In January, UEFA introduced racism into the curriculum for their international referees. In March, after months of preparation by FARE, UEFA and The (English) FA; the hugely successful “Unite Against Racism” conference was held at…

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