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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