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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