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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