Athletico Madrid fined over fans' racism

Athletico Madrid fined over fans' racism

Athletico Madrid have been fined €6000 by the Spanish Football Federation for the racial abuse of Espanyol's Cameroon goalkeeper Carlos Kameni in a league match last month. Although the fan abuse was not noted in referee Arturo Dauden Ibanez's match report, the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) said it acted after a complaint from the government-run…

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Espanyol investigate own fans’ racism

Espanyol investigate own fans’ racism

Espanyol are to open an investigation into goalkeeper Carlos Kameni's complaints he was racially abused by a section of the Primera Liga club's own fans during Sunday's match against Real Zaragoza. Espanyol president Daniel Sanchez Llibre told the club's website, “The player has stated it happened so we will try to get to the bottom…

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Di Canio fined over salute

Di Canio fined over salute

Aging Lazio striker Paolo Di Canio has been banned for one game and fined €10,000 for making a raised-arm salute in a match against Juventus on Saturday 17 December 2005. The former Italy international made the gesture after being substituted in the 1-1 draw against Juventus at the Olympic Stadium. The 37-year-old also made a…

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Blatter seeks tougher penalties for racist abuse

Blatter seeks tougher penalties for racist abuse

FIFA president Sepp Blatter has conceded that fines for racism in football have not been effective and is calling for a new unified approach. He wants confederations and national associations to issue defined penalties, including docking points and excluding clubs from competitions for persistent breaches. Mr Blatter said, “It is clear that in terms of…

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Portuguese ultra group support Zoro

Portuguese ultra group support Zoro

Portuguese ultra group, Frente Leiria, have publicly started their support for the actions of Marc Zoro, who threatened to walk off the pitch last month after being subjected to a torrent of racist abuse in an Italian Serie A league game. Frente Leiria began as an official ultra group of U.D.Leiria, back in 2001. After…

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Di Canio repeats fascist salute

Di Canio repeats fascist salute

Lazio's Paolo di Canio has defended making a raised arm salute at the end of last weekend's 2-1 defeat at Livorno. The incident happened as the controversial 37-year-old striker walked off after being substituted under the grandstands containing Lazio fans. It is not the first time Di Canio has made the raised arm gesture. He…

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Young Boys Berne united against racism

Young Boys Berne united against racism

The fight against racism will play a prominent role at the top Swiss Football League clash between Young Boys Berne and FC Basel in front of a sell-out crowd at the Stade de Suisse. In association with the BSC Young Boys, FARE partners Gemeinsam gegen Rassismus & HalbZeit are staging an anti-racism day at Saturday's…

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AC Ravenna supporters group joins the FARE network

AC Ravenna supporters group joins the FARE network

“Following a poll of website visitors, the supporters group Lineagiallorossa (http://www.lineagiallorossa.net/home.asp) has decided to give its website an anti-racist slant and support the campaign run by the FARE network (Football Against Racism in Europe). FARE aims to rid the game of racism by combining the resources of anti-racist football organisations throughout Europe. It helps to…

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Thuram, a life against racism

Thuram, a life against racism

TURIN – Lilian Thuram, you have lived in Italy for ten years now and have always been at the forefront of the fight against racism. Will Zoro's protest achieve anything? “I don't know, it's difficult to combat some people. And you can't gag everyone.” Unfortunately it's all too easy to jeer you just because you're…

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Anti-racism initiatives launched in Italy and elsewhere

Anti-racism initiatives launched in Italy and elsewhere

The response by Marc Zoro has finally triggered a series of debates and initiatives throughout the football world, especially in Italy, but also in other European countries. We hope this is just the start of some new, specific long-term projects in the future. The Italian Football Association (FICG) The Italian Football Association (FIGC) has decided…

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UEFA backs MEP’s tougher action on racism

UEFA backs MEP’s tougher action on racism

European football’s governing body, UEFA, is backing the European Parliament’s drive to tackle the problem of racism in European football. A group of MEPs have launched a declaration in Brussels commending the work of the Football Against Racism in Europe (FARE) network and calling for tougher action. The declaration strongly condemns all forms of racism…

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Zoro to captain next Messina game

Zoro to captain next Messina game

Ivory Coast international Marc Zoro, who was the target of racist abuse at the weekend, will be made captain of Messina at Treviso on December 4. Defender Zoro was reduced to tears after being subjected to awful levels of abuse by sections of the visiting fans in Sunday's 2-1 home defeat against Inter Milan in…

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Harpal Singh, on the Asain football revolution

Harpal Singh, on the Asain football revolution

UK newspaper, The Telegraph has an interesting interview with Stockport County’s Harpal Singh. Along with Fulham’s Zesh Rehman, Newcastle’s Michael Chopra and Huddersfield’s Adnam Ahmed, Singh is one of only four British football players of Asian decent playing in the English league. In the article, Singh describes how he made it into the professional game,…

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Hungarian Jews demand action after abuse

Hungarian Jews demand action after abuse

Representatives of Hungary's Jewish community have urged football authorities in the country to act after anti-Semitic slurs were chanted during a match. Ujpest FC fans made the remarks during a 2-0 victory on Saturday over MTK Budapest, a club founded by and still identified with Hungarian Jews. In a letter to the Hungarian FA, the…

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The loneliness of Zoro the defender

The loneliness of Zoro the defender

Marc André Zoro's gesture has seen a problem resurface that sport's governing bodies have seriously neglected and underestimated in recent years. The FC Messina defender screamed into our faces that racism is alive and kicking in Italian football and in society. His outcry was the desperate reaction of an injured player – not because he…

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European parliament to back drive against racism

European parliament to back drive against racism

Members of the European Parliament will add their voice to the drive to tackle racism as problems in European football hit the headlines again. On 30th November 2005, MEP’s will launch a Declaration in Brussels commending the work of the Football Against Racism in Europe (FARE) network and call for action by FA’s, Leagues and…

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Zoro threatens to walk after abuse

Zoro threatens to walk after abuse

Messina’s Ivory Coast defender, Marc Zoro threatened to walk off the pitch after being subjected to racist abuse by some Inter fans during their Serie A home match against Inter Milan. Matters came to a head 22 minutes into the second half, when after being abused throughout the game, Zoro went to collect the ball…

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Seyni N'Diaye speaks out about Cypriot racism

Seyni N'Diaye speaks out about Cypriot racism

The online Cyprus Mail features an interesting interview detailing Senegalesse striker, Seyni N'Diaye's experiences of racism whilst playing on the island. With the problem largely ignored by the Cyprus Football Association, N'Diaye describes how the constant abuse eventually drove him to move away.

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John Carew honoured with anti-racism award

John Carew honoured with anti-racism award

Lyon forward and Norwegian international, John Carew, was recently honoured with a prestigious award, recognising his contribution to ridding the game of racism. He received the award from FARE partner, Show Racism the Red Card (Norway) at the Norwegian Player of the Year awards, hosted by the Norwegian Players Union. Carew has been the main…

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Racism mars Royal League match

Racism mars Royal League match

Black players from the Swedish team, Djurgaarden, faced a torrent of racist abuse during their game at AaB in the Royal League on Thursday 24 November 2005. They faced constant monkey chanted whenever they had the ball, whilst Djurgaarden’s Gambian goalkeeper, Pa Dembo Touray had bananas thrown at him. Speaking in the Swedish newspaper, Expression,…

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Football club guilty of discrimination

Football club guilty of discrimination

Leeds United Football Club has been found guilty of racial and sexual discrimination by a tribunal in the UK. Yvonne Campbell, who is of Caribbean descent, will receive £20,000 compensation from the club, plus £1,058 from her boss after being passed over for promotion four times between 2001 and 2004. Up until 2001, Mrs Campbell…

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Stars celebrate 10 years of campaigning

Stars celebrate 10 years of campaigning

A host of footballing greats recently turned out to celebrate 10 years of anti-racist campaigning in the UK by FARE partner, Football Unites, Racism Divides. The sit down dinner event, kindly hosted by Sheffield United Football Club, highlighted some of the project’s fantastic achievements and the contribution made by people who have assisted it. The…

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FARE Public Hearing in the European Parliament in Brussels, 30 November 2005

FARE Public Hearing in the European Parliament in Brussels, 30 November 2005

Public Hearing: Tackling Racism in European Football The Football Against Racism in Europe (FARE) Network will be hosting a Public Hearing on Racism and Discrimination in European Football at the European Parliament in Brussels between 17:00 – 18:15 on the 30th November 2005. This meeting will feature speakers including former footballers, leading European Politicians and…

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Racism ruins Reds victory

Racism ruins Reds victory

Liverpool’s UEFA Champions League victory over Anderlecht was unfortunately marred by a racist incident. Danish referee Kim Nielsen, never shy of brandishing the red card, sent Anderlecht’s Serbian substitute Nenad Jestrovic walking after clashing with Liverpool’s Mohamed Sissoko in the 75th minute. The incident happened just yards from the ref, who claims he heard Jestrovic…

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European football stands united against racism

European football stands united against racism

Fans, Clubs, their players and ethnic minority groups throughout Europe have drawn a line in the sand against racism – enough is enough, we want our game back. Over the past month, fans and players at all levels of the game have come together to take a defiant stand against racism and discrimination. This huge…

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Floodlight shines on women’s football

Floodlight shines on women’s football

German FARE partner, Flutlicht (Floodlight), are holding a pioneering panel discussion focussing on ethnic minority women in football. The “Wanderers between Worlds” discussion is scheduled for 7pm on 27 October 2005 in the club house of Türkiyemspor Berlin football club, Admiralstr. 37, Berlin-Kreuzberg. A host of prominent footballing figures will discuss the meaning of ethnicity,…

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Is Italian basketball racist?

Is Italian basketball racist?

The Italian Basketball Association has announced that from next season, in addition to six foreign players, five Italians “by birth and passport” (whom someone has dubbed “genuine Italians”, perhaps alluding to the famous song by Toto Cotugno) and one Italian by passport “only” will be eligible to play. At first glance this would appear to…

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Two anti-racism days in Ancona

Two anti-racism days in Ancona

The two organised anti-racism days in Ancona were a great success. On Saturday, 22 October, a cricket match against Banglancona (a team of young Bangladeshi and Pakistani players from the Assata Shaker sports club) was staged at the stadium in the presence of the chairman of CONI (the Italian Olympic Committee), with whom negotiations are…

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Brøndby ban Action Week

Brøndby ban Action Week

Over 1000 activities, in 35 different countries including all UEFA Champions League games onboard and unprecedented efforts in Spain, France and Eastern Europe; yet no sign of Action Week at Brøndby IF in Denmark. For this, the most successful FARE Action Week to date, was shamefully banned by the board of the Copenhagen club. Banner,…

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First for Polish club

First for Polish club

Kolporter Korona Kielce have become the first Polish football club to produce a full team antiracist poster. Produced with FARE partner Never Again, the poster will be distributed as part of FARE Action Week. Korona hit the headlines earlier this season when sections of their fans began racially abusing their own players. Rather than brush…

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Austrian Bundesliga gets involved in the FARE Action Week

Austrian Bundesliga gets involved in the FARE Action Week

Unite against racism! This is the motto of the action being launched against xenophobia and discrimination in football at every match taking place in the Austrian Bundesliga (Week 15) and 1st Division (Week 16) this weekend (21 – 23 October). The action is being coordinated by the campaign group FairPlay. Viele Farben. Ein Spiel with…

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Stars back Action Week

Stars back Action Week

Europe’s top football stars stood united against racism recently, as their clubs lined up for UEFA Champions League matches. UEFA made use of its “Unite Against Racism” campaign during its premier club competition, to make a stand against racism during the FARE Action Week. Strong signal At all 16 Matchday 3 games played on 18…

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Cultures united through football

Cultures united through football

The English language edition of the dw-world.de website have an interesting article on a Berlin female football team. Comprised of women from multiple national and religious backgrounds, the team describe how they have overcome prejudice and their differences to unite through their love of the game.

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Never Again President wins Polcul Foundation prize

<i>Never Again</i> President wins Polcul Foundation prize

Marcin Kornak, founder and president of the anti-fascist „Never Again” Association, won the prize of POLCUL, Independent Foundation Supporting the Polish Culture in memory of Jerzy Boniecki. The prize (awarded since 1980) is “to recognize individuals in Poland actively committed to shaping civil society, with their attitude and work showing respect and tolerance for others”….

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Successful anti-racism day at Helmond Sport

Successful anti-racism day at Helmond Sport

The Brown White Tulips, a fan club from FC St. Pauli based in the Netherlands, have organised an anti-racism day in cooperation with second league club Helmond Sport on 14 October. The players turned up in special designed FARE jerseys (see photo) and displayed a banner saying “No to racism” before line up. The action…

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Racism gets the boot in Spain

Racism gets the boot in Spain

Fans, footballers and football clubs in Spain are making a defiant stance against racism as part of the Football Against Racism in Europe Action Week. Proceedings will kick-off with UEFA’s high profile Champion’s League games between Villareal – Benfica Lisboa on 18 October and the Real Madrid – Rosenborg Trondheim on 19 October. Watched by…

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The disabled can be Ultras too

The disabled can be Ultras too

I am disabled, someone, like many others in this 'category', whose journey through life has been fairly onerous at times. By that I'm not saying that life is easy now. I'm just trying to overcome as best I can all the 'injustices' that turn your life – which is difficult enough in itself – upside…

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Racist ref receives red card

Racist ref receives red card

A referee has been suspended following claims that he made a racist comment during a five-a-side football tournament at the PowerLeague centre in Edinburgh Scotland. Thomas Carter took charge of the match involving a Greek-Turkish team, but afterwards one of the footballers claimed that he had called the Scottish-based Myrthe team “Dirty greasy Greek b******s”….

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European Football to stand united as Action Week kicks-off

European Football to stand united as Action Week kicks-off

The biggest anti-racism campaign in European sport kicks-off today (October 13th). Over the next 13 days every part of the European footballing community will stand united against racism and discrimination in the game. The 6th FARE Action Week, organised by the Football Against Racism in Europe (FARE) network, will feature up to one thousand initiatives…

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Fans from Montevarchi and Ancona unite against racism

Fans from Montevarchi and Ancona unite against racism

On Sunday 9 October 2005, for the match between Montevarchi-Ancona in the Italian Serie C2, both fan groups decided to put aside their differences and unite together for their involvement in the FARE Action Week. They prepared a banner with the slogan “United Against Racism”, which was then displayed during the first half in the…

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Less than one week to go, one goal… kicking racism out of the game!

Less than one week to go, one goal… kicking racism out of the game!

The largest series of anti- racism activities staged in sport across Europe will take place in less than one week. Between 13 and 25 October 2005 the European football family will stand united against racism and discrimination for the sixth successive season. The Football Against Racism in Europe (FARE) network is co ordinating activities that…

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UEFA gets stuck in for FARE Action Week

UEFA gets stuck in for FARE Action Week

European Football’s governing body, UEFA, is putting its full weight behind FARE’s Action Week against racism and discrimination. Whilst some organisations are content with kind words of support, UEFA’s effort is slightly more physical. The UEFA staff team are to play a football match in support of the Action Week. Staff, picked from UEFA’s Nyon…

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Boardroom triumph at United

Boardroom triumph at United

Sheffield United, the first club in the world to carry the “United” moniker, have appointed Jason Rockett as their new Chief Executive. Pioneer The 36 year-old Rockett is one of a select few black individuals who have made it into the controlling structures of the game. Whilst black players have made excellent progress on the…

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EU sports ministers meet to promote equal opportunities

EU sports ministers meet to promote equal opportunities

Sports ministers from across the EU have met at a two day conference in Liverpool, hosted by the UK presidency and chaired by the UK Sports Minister, Richard Caborn MP. During the informal meeting, the ministers agreed to promote equal opportunities and diversity in and through sport at both national and European levels. A shining…

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Star tells of sadness at racist taunts

Star tells of sadness at racist taunts

Liverpool star Djibril Cisse has revealed how he was shocked and depressed after racist taunts during a European match. Speaking at FARE partner Kick It Out’s Week of Action launch in Merseyside, the Liverpool FC player joined Tranmere Rovers and Everton footballers to condemn prejudice in sport. Cisse, who had to endure monkey chants during…

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Football tournament in memory of Anthony

Football tournament in memory of Anthony

A football tournament is to be held in memory of murdered black teenager Anthony Walker. Anthony, a keen football fan, was brutally murdered with an axe earlier in the year whilst strolling through a park in Mersyside, UK. The tournament on October 23 is backed by FARE partner Kick It Out, as well as Merseyside…

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Stars join debate

Stars join debate

Some of the biggest names in UK football are to take part in a special Black History Month forum called “How Football Has Tackled and Improved Racism” to be held at the Hammersmith Town Hall, London on 27 October 2005. The debate will centre around a series of questions designed to explore just how much…

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Match ban for racist Imps fan

Match ban for racist Imps fan

Lifelong Lincoln City fan Benjamin Davis-Todd has been banned from attending football matches for three years after hurling racist abuse at a player. Davis-Todd (21) shouted an obscene racist comment at a Peterborough United player after he scored a goal during a derby game on Saturday 17 September 2005. Lincoln magistrates banned him from attending…

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Onuora breaks through management “Glass ceiling”

Onuora breaks through management “Glass ceiling”

Former Sheffield United striker Iffy Onuora has been placed in charge of Swindon Town FC after Andy King's five years in charge ended with the sack. The move, makes Iffy one of a select few black players who have progressed into football management in the UK. Although there has been fantastic inroads made by black…

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Italian and English FAs combine to combat racism

Italian and English FAs combine to combat racism

The Italian and English Football Associations have hosted a seminar about the ongoing fight against hooliganism and racism. The seminar, titled “Violence in the stadiums, zero tolerance: the Italian and British experiences”, was opened by Geoffrey Thompson, President of the Football Association (FA), and Franco Carraro, President of the Italian Football Federation (FIGC). The fight…

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Racist fans cost Sparta

Racist fans cost Sparta

UEFA have dealt AC Sparta Praha with a sever punishment following the racist behaviour of their fans during the Group B game against AFC Ajax in Prague on 14 September 2005. AC Sparta Praha must now play their next UEFA Champions League home match behind partially closed doors. The Czech club have also been fined…

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UEFA gets tough on racism

UEFA gets tough on racism

UEFA has explained its reasoning behind its recent decision to increase the punishment dealt to Steaua Bucharest, sending out a clear message to clubs who fail to deal with the racist behaviour of their fans. In a report of the disciplinary hearing, UEFA states, “The panel was particularly concerned about the Steaua’s attempts to play…

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Asians can play football

Asians can play football

A new report calling for far-reaching action from the football authorities to address the exclusion of Asians from UK football will be launched at Arsenal’s Highbury stadium on Thursday 22nd September 2005. The report, entitled ‘Asians Can Play Football: A Wasted Decade’, argues that young Asians are being “discriminated out of the game” by stereotyping…

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Ex-Pro's kick off Scottish initiative

Ex-Pro's kick off Scottish initiative

A group of ex-professional football stars have come together in an attempt to prevent racism against asylum seekers in Scottish schools. Former Partick Thistle stars Derek Whyte and Gerry Britton will work with FARE partner Show Racism the Red Card (Scotland) to provide football coaching combined with educational sessions designed to dispel racist myths against…

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Youngsters unite to challenge racism in Ireland

Youngsters unite to challenge racism in Ireland

More than 300 youngsters representing 17 countries came together in Ireland’s biggest anti-racism sports event in Phoenix Park, Dublin on 17 & 18 September 2005. 48 multi-cultural teams from the length and breadth of Ireland competed for the SARI Trophy and the SARI Plate in this, the 9th annual SARI Intercultural Soccerfest. The free event…

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Progress gathers momentum in Romania

Progress gathers momentum in Romania

The profile of the campaign against racism and discrimination in Romania has dramatically improved recently. Following the bitter medicine of a severe punishment from UEFA, there is now a growing awareness and debate about racism and anti-gypsyism in the country. On Friday 8 September 2005, following the disturbing racist incidents of Steaua Bucuresti fans, UEFA…

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Malaga plea to fans to curb racism

Malaga plea to fans to curb racism

Malaga have called on their fans to banish racist behaviour from their stadium, after abuse was directed at visiting Espanyol players during the Primera Liga match on Sunday 11 September 2005. The club was fined €600 for the behaviour of its fans, which is the club's second such fine this year. Similar incidents took place…

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Racist abuse sets the mood at Slovakia v Germany

Racist abuse sets the mood at Slovakia v Germany

Recent media and institutional reports on the disturbances at the Slovakia versus Germany match on 3.9.2005 have concentrated largely on the violence committed by German hooligans and the exaggerated response of the Slovak police. Yet none of this can excuse the racist and discriminatory conduct witnessed in Bratislava. If we consider the racist and far-right…

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Carew and Braathen abused by Slovenian fans

Carew and Braathen abused by Slovenian fans

Norway’s John Carew and Daniel Braathen faced a torrent of racist abuse during World cup qualifying matches recently. The pair were singled out for abuse by Slovenian fans during Norway’s 3-2 win at Slovenia on Saturday 3 September 2005. Braathen told Norwegian TV2 that there is little the players themselves can do during the match….

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Deadline looms for FARE Action Week small grant applications

Deadline looms for FARE Action Week small grant applications

Following the first call for action, the interest in the forthcoming FARE Action Week against Racism and Discrimination in European Football (13 – 25 October 2005) has been fantastic. With more than five weeks to go before the 6th FARE Action Week kicks off, dozens of NGOs, fan clubs, football clubs, ethnic minority organisations and…

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Henry calls on anti-racist groups to apply for cash

Henry calls on anti-racist groups to apply for cash

Arsenal skipper and inspiration behind Nike’s Stand Up, Speak Up wristband campaign, Thierry Henry has called on groups in the UK and Ireland to take up cash to help rid the game of racism. In a press release, Henry said, “Football has made great strides to combat racism within the game but there is still…

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Homeless World Cup receives UEFA Charity Cheque

Homeless World Cup receives UEFA Charity Cheque

UEFA has presented it’s annual 1 Million Swiss Francs Charity Cheque to the organisers of the Homeless World Cup. Brazilian star Ronaldinho and UEFA CEO Lars-Christer Olsson handed over the symbolic cheque (650.000 €) in Monaco. Every year, UEFA awards a cheque to a charity of its choice, to coincide with the UEFA Super Cup…

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Lazio apologise for racist abuse

Lazio apologise for racist abuse

Claudio Lotito, president of Italian club Lazio, has issued an apology for the racist abuse suffered by the Messina and Ivory Coast defender Marc Kpolo Zoro. The Ivorian was subjected to racist abuse by a section of Lazio supporters throughout the Serie A game on Sunday 28 August 2005. The Messina defender was said to…

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Fan arrested over anti-gay taunts

Fan arrested over anti-gay taunts

A football fan has been arrested for shouting homophobic chants during a game in the English Championship League between Hull City and Brighton and Hove Albion FC. The unnamed man was arrested for chanting abuse at Brighton during the game last weekend, according to the Hull Daily Mail. Police say they arrested just one man…

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Call for Action: FARE Action Week

Call for Action: FARE Action Week

The annual FARE Action Week against Racism and Discrimination has grown over last five season into Europes biggest anti-racism campaign in football. Last year more than 33 countries got involved in a united effort to rid the game from racism and discrimination. This October, the 6th FARE Action Week (13-25 October 2005) will once again…

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Hundreds expected at murdered Arsenal fan’s funeral

Hundreds expected at murdered Arsenal fan’s funeral

Hundreds of mourners are expected to attend the funeral of Anthony Walker. The black 18-year-old Arsenal fan was brutally murdered with an axe whilst walking with his girlfriend through McGoldrick Park in Merseyside, UK, in July 2005. The police have charged two men with his murder. The service, to be led by the Bishop of…

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Football match unites communities

Football match unites communities

A unique football match is helping to ease tensions and bring together communities near Malaga in Spain. The match, held annually in the stadium of Suel, pits the local Roma gypsy community against the local police in a friendly environment. Now in its sixth year, the “Football match against racism” was the brainchild of Juan…

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Polish club bans racists

Polish club bans racists

In a remarkable step forward, FARE partner Never Again, have worked with a Polish club to ban a group of racists from its ground following some disturbing scenes of racism. During the opening match of the season between Kolporter Korona Kielce and Cracovia Kraków, a group of racists abused their own team’s player – Brazilian…

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UEFA investigate racist chanting

UEFA investigate racist chanting

UEFA have begun investigations into the racist chanting suffered by Shelbourne players during their Champions League qualifier against Steaua Bucharest in Romania. Shelbourne’s Curtis Fleming and Joseph Ndo both faced a barrage of racist abuse from the Romanian supporters throughout the game. UEFA have confirmed that their match delegate witnessed and reported the abuse. Steaua…

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The Anti-Racist Football Championship of Poland on “przystanek woodstock” festival 2005

The Anti-Racist Football Championship of Poland on “przystanek woodstock” festival 2005

Karol Gierliński, deputy of International Roma Parlament, headquatered in Vienna, Austria, has opened the promotional game of a Second Anti-Racist Football Championship of Poland, during the Station Woodstock music festival in Kostrzyn. The final match between Kostrzyn Representatives & FC Station Woodstock was won 5:2 by a host team, cheerleaded by members of local Roma…

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Cisse rebukes racists

Cisse rebukes racists

Liverpool FC striker Djibril Cisse has fiercely stood firm against the racist abuse he suffered during Liverpool’s UEFA Champions League win on Wednesday 10 August 2005 in Bulgaria. The 24-year-old French international faced a torrent of racist abuse from the CSKA Sofia fans whenever he touched the ball. He told the Liverpool Echo newspaper, “It's…

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Racist yob banned

Racist yob banned

A football hooligan was banned from UK football matches for three years after shouting insults at former Birmingham City striker Dwight Yorke. David Ashcroft, 22, hurled abuse at the player as he warmed up to play against Blackburn Rovers in November 2004. Ashcroft admitted public order offences and was also fined £200 plus £80 court…

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School children unite against racism

School children unite against racism

More than 300 school children across the city of Manchester in the UK have been busy creating posters and poems on the theme of battling against racism. The exercise was part of the International Friendship Games organised to create a mini-Commonwealth Games in which children of all ages, religions and countries can come together under…

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Football at the EuroGames in Utrecht

Football at the EuroGames in Utrecht

From the 16th to the 19th of June 2005 the city of Utrecht was the host of the 10th EuroGames. Once a year the FARE partner European Gay and Lesbian Sport Federation – EGLSF celebrates this huge European gay sport event: 3.000 athletes were competing in 9 different sports: Badminton, Ballroom Dancing, Field Hockey, Football,…

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African footballers refused entry into Britain

African footballers refused entry into Britain

Five African football teams have been refused entry to Britain to play in this week's Homeless World Cup held in Edinburgh. Players from five African nations set to compete in the tournament for the first time have been issued with a blanket ban after British embassies withheld their visas – a decision branded “disgraceful” by…

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Quarter of English Premier League clubs have refugee players

Quarter of English Premier League clubs have refugee players

A quarter of clubs in the FA Premier League had a refugee in their playing squads during the 2004-5 season, revealed in a survey UK FARE partner Kick It Out. 64% of professional clubs in England and Wales responded to the survey, revealing that 15% had players who are refugees or former asylum seekers. Most…

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Rain fails to dampen Mondiali spirits

Rain fails to dampen Mondiali spirits

Torrential rain couldn’t dampen the spirits of the attendees at this year’s Mondiali Antirazzisti. Despite the terrible weather, thousands of football fans from across Europe descended upon the festival to stand united against racism. The FARE sponsored Mondiali Antirazzisti, or anti-racist world cup, is held every year in Montecchio in northern Italy. Its aim is…

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Eigenrauch blasts racists

Eigenrauch blasts racists

FC Schalke 04 legend, Yves Eigenrauch, spoke out recently about his experiences of dealing with racists whilst playing for the German Bundesliga side. The frank debate formed part of the FARE sponsored Mondiali Antirazzisti (The anti-racist world cup) – an antiracist football festival held each year in Italy. Yves Eigenrauch, who won the UEFA Cup…

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Racist abuse at big screen during Confederations Cup in Germany

Racist abuse at big screen during Confederations Cup in Germany

As FARE learned recently Tunisian fans were the subject of racist abuse from Germans on 18 June 2005 while watching the FIFA Confederations Cup match between Tunisia and Germany on a big screen at the Media Park in Cologne. “Two dozen Tunisia supporters, mostly from Cologne, were shouting the name of their star striker, Santos”,…

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Anti-racist tournament kicks off

Anti-racist tournament kicks off

Following a season in which racism has repeatedly hit the headlines across Europe, thousands of amateur footballers from across the continent have travelled to an international football festival in Italy to make a stand against racism and xenophobia. The ’Mondiali Antirazzisti’, also known as the Anti- racist World Cup, has been organised by Italian FARE…

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Irish FA Step Up Anti-Racism Training

Irish FA Step Up Anti-Racism Training

The Irish Football Association (IFA) has stepped up it’s commitment to use football as a vehicle to combat racism in Northern Ireland this week through a coach education programme in Belfast. This year’s IFA National Coaching of Coaches Courses has a star studded Tutor line up with Senior International Team Manager, Lawrie Sanchez and Scottish…

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FIFA finds its teeth

FIFA finds its teeth

FIFA, the world’s governing football authority, has given itself the power to sanction member associations who fail to take action following racist incidents. This latest initiative which toughens FIFA’s existing anti-discrimination rules, was agreed after a spate of racist incidents blighted international football games last season. In a statement, FIFA explained the new rules, “FIFA…

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FIFA shows stance against racism

FIFA shows stance against racism

Anti-Discrimination action at FIFA Confederations Cup Starting today with the quarter-finals of the FIFA World Youth Championship in the Netherlands and continuing on Saturday with the semi-finals of the Confederations Cup, FIFA will celebrate it’s 4th worldwide Anti-Discrimination Day. The top teams of both tournaments will deliver a clear anti-racism message before kick-off. The activities…

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Nazi salutes during Norway – Italy match

Nazi salutes during Norway – Italy match

Norwegian broadcast corporation NRK showed TV-footage of a group of Italian supporters repeatedly doing Nazi salutes and chanting “Sieg Heil” during the FIFA World Cup qualifier at Ullevaal stadium Saturday June 4th. The incidents at Saturday evening's match followed the arrest of eight other Italian soccer fans when they landed at the airport in Sandefjord…

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Fans, fair play and the 2006 FIFA World Cup

Fans, fair play and the 2006 FIFA World Cup

FARE at the Football Culture Forum in Nuremberg The German Academy of Football Culture [Deutsche Akademie für Fussballkultur] is marking the semifinal of the FIFA Confederation Cup by taking an in-depth look at the cultural, educational and social dimension of the forthcoming 2006 World Cup. Under the motto “Fans, fair play and football values”, World…

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Kick it Out: Education Conference at Old Trafford

Kick it Out: Education Conference at Old Trafford

Educationalists, academics, youth and community workers, and football coaches attended the second citizenship conference of FARE founding member Kick It Out on 14th June. The Manchester conference attracted more than 220 delegates from across the country. Energising morning session Delegates were welcomed to the event by Manchester United Chief Executive David Gill, before Lord Herman…

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Football teaches respect

Football teaches respect

FARE partner, Kick It Out, are to provide a national education conference in the UK, attracting leading educationalists who will highlight how football is helping to deliver key messages in the classroom. The one-day conference will draw upon good practice in the classroom, work taking place to engage school students at football clubs, and encourage…

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Communities united at football fun day

Communities united at football fun day

Thousands turned up for a family day out and to celebrate their love of football at the Football Unites, Racism Divides (FURD) Community Day on Sunday 22 May 2005. The event, hosted every year at Sheffield United’s Bramall Lane football ground in the UK, attracted people from all across the region’s diverse communities. Hundreds of…

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Ace football youngster faces deportation

Ace football youngster faces deportation

Football prodigy, Danillo Cadete, faces deportation after being told that he can no longer stay in the UK. The 14-year-old fled to the UK with his mother over 2 and a half years ago, following the brutal war in his native Angola. Despite settling in Newcastle and becoming the star of his local football team,…

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UEFA determined to stamp out racism

UEFA determined to stamp out racism

UEFA has stressed its determination to punish the racists and drive them out of football. In recent times, UEFA has made its intentions clear by issuing disciplinary sanctions against clubs and national associations, aiming to show that it will not accept racist conduct. UEFA's communications and public affairs director William Gaillard says that they are…

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Finnish athletes demand respect

Finnish athletes demand respect

With support of the FARE network a new, athletes-driven campaign to promote tolerance through sports has been launched at the Olympic stadium in Helsinki. The RESPECT – Sports without Prejudice campaign has been initiated by Liikkukaa!, a 3000 member strong NGO who have worked over the past ten years to use sports for social inclusion,…

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Anti-racism drive gains pace

Anti-racism drive gains pace

The impetus to drive racism out of football is continuing to grow – with UEFA joined by many of its member associations as well as European campaigners in a concerted effort. At the recent anti-racism conference in Bratislava, Slovakia, organised by the pan-European FARE movement, delegates heard that a wider spectrum of organisations and individuals…

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UEFA Cup final highlights the fight against racism

UEFA Cup final highlights the fight against racism

The UEFA Cup final played on Wednesday 18 May 2005 in Lisbon, has once again highlighted the fight against racism in football. UEFA sent out a powerful message via its ‘Unite against racism’ perimeter advertising at the match between Sporting and CSKA Moscow at the Estadio Jose Alvalade. Additionally, the official match programme carried a…

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Henry speaks about racism

Henry speaks about racism

UK newspaper, The Times, features a very interesting article by Thierry Henry, the spearhead behind Nike’s hugely popular Stand Up! Speak Up! campaign. In the article, he details his personal experiences of racism, assesses the current state of racism throughout Europe and gives his reasons for starting the Nike campaign.

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Police hunt racist owl

Police hunt racist owl

Police in the UK are hunting for a man, after racist abuse marred Sheffield Wednesday’s English League Division-1 play-off match against Brentford on Thursday 12 May 2005. The incidents, directed at Brentford striker Isaiah Rankin, originated from a small section of the Owls crowd. One man could clearly be seen on the live TV coverage…

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Lucarelli gives lesson on racism

Lucarelli gives lesson on racism

Money can’t buy Cristiano Lucarelli. The Livorno striker, who has become the Italian Serie A league’s top scorer with 22 goals, knows that with fame and fortune comes social responsibility. A resolute socialist, Lucarelli recently visited a Livorno school where he gave lessons to pupils on the problem of racism in football stadiums. Lucarelli said…

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Kick racism – International FairPlay Cup for Youth teams in Vienna

Kick racism – International FairPlay Cup for Youth teams in Vienna

This weekend, the FARE (Football Against Racism in Europe) Network will launch the International FairPlay Cup for youth teams. Kicking off on 14 May 2005 in Vienna, the tournament is supported by UEFA, European football’s governing body. It will bring together 51 teams to celebrate the diversity of cultures under the banner of “Kick Racism”…

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Hamburg-St. Pauli’s Tournament to unite anti-racist supporters

Hamburg-St. Pauli’s Tournament to unite anti-racist supporters

After last year’s hugely successful anti-racist football tournament, the Fanladen St. Pauli will again organise a repeat performance for 2005. For this tournament, fan clubs from 15 European countries have been invited to compete, extending the close anti-racist network between football supporters. It is hoped the event will give each group the power for the…

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Carlos gives shirt to extremist

Carlos gives shirt to extremist

Real Madrid fullback, Roberto Carlos, has been shown presenting his shirt to the former leader of the club's radical group of Ultra Sur fans following his side's 5-0 victory over Racing Santander on Saturday 7 May 2005. Spanish daily El Pais published photographs of the Brazilian international giving Jose Luis Ochaita his shirt and said…

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Daouda fed up with racism in Romanian football

Daouda fed up with racism in Romanian football

Universitatea Craiova's defender Mariko Daouda from Ivory Coast said he considers to quit the Romanian premier division club after he has been racially abused. 23 year old Daouda told Reuters “I'm disgusted with Romania,” after bottom club Craiova drew 1-1 at CFR Cluj. “In Romania you are considered good or bad judging by the colour…

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Pro footballer loses right to asylum

Pro footballer loses right to asylum

Tranmere Rovers' African-born asylum-seeker, Calvin Zola, has lost his right to stay in the UK. The 20 year old forward came to Britain as a boy with his mother and was taken on by Newcastle United before moving to Tranmere. Now, UK sports minister, Richard Caborn MP says that he will help to keep him…

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Pele was racially abused

Pele was racially abused

Pele has said that when he was a player he frequently heard insults referring to his colour from other players. The Brazil legend added, “I heard all sorts of things. I don't know if we should understand it as racism or provocation but it's not going to stop. In the heat of the dispute, players…

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Women attend football match for first time in Iran

Women attend football match for first time in Iran

Teheran, 20 April – A limited number of women have been allowed to attend a football match for the first time. A group of about 15 women coaches, referees and players were granted admission to the stadium to see an evening Asian league clash between Sepahan Isfahan of Iran and Syrian side Al Wahda, which…

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Bucharest derby marred by anti-Gypsy abuse

Bucharest derby marred by anti-Gypsy abuse

The National Council for Combating Discrimination (NCCD) – the main partner of the FARE network in Romania – announced today to sanction FC Steaua Bucharest with a fine of 40 Million Lei (1100 €) following the racist abuse at the league match against FC Rapid (0:0). In addition, Steaua stadium speaker who called the Rapid…

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Argentine player arrested for racially abusing opponent

Argentine player arrested for racially abusing opponent

RIO DE JANEIRO – Racist abuse against an opposition player. This was the reason given by the Brazilian police for arresting Leandro Desabato, an Argentine defender with Quilmes. Desabato was arrested at the end of the Copa Libertadores (the South American equivalent of the Champions League) match between San Paolo and Quilmes, which ended in…

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A Sunday of racism in Italian football

A Sunday of racism in Italian football

Sunday, 10 April SS Lazio v AC Livorno On the stands of the Olympic Stadium a different game was being played, a politically tinged game between football fans who emphasised their differences (as we know, some groups associate themselves with the extreme right and others with the extreme left) with banners, slogans and chants that…

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FARE conference calls for the sacking of Aragones

FARE conference calls for the sacking of Aragones

The closing day of a highly successful FARE conference saw keynote speeches by Jan Figel, European Commissioner for Education, Culture and Multilingualism, William Gaillard, UEFA Director of Communications, and Dusan Tittel, General Secretary of the Slovak Football Association. Mr. Figel underlined the growing importance of sport in combating racism under the forms of discrimination and…

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Bratislava conference kicks off with pledges from EC and UEFA

Bratislava conference kicks off with pledges from EC and UEFA

Ninety delegates gathered in the stadium of ASK Inter Bratislava this morning for the 2005 FARE networking conference “Using Football for Intercultural Dialogue and Anti-Discrimination”, which is taking place in Bratislava, Slovakia, on April 8 – 9. Delegates heard welcoming speeches by Daniel Milo, director of People Against Racism, Slovakia, Jozef Barmos, general manager ASK…

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Football anti- racism campaigners to raise fears

Football anti- racism campaigners to raise fears

UEFA Director of Communications, William Gaillard, and European Commissioner for Education and Culture, Ján Figel’, are to respond to calls from anti- racism campaigners for urgent and renewed action against racism and discrimination in football, at a major conference on the issue this weekend. Gaillard and Figel’ will address more than 100 members of the…

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Greek PFA slams abuse on player

Greek PFA slams abuse on player

Just one week after the World Cup qualifier Greece vs Albania when the Greek FA refused to sell tickets to Albanians, another racist incident in Greek football occured. The Greek Association of Professional Footballers released a statement condemning a racist incident by fans against Aegaleo player Kofi Amponsah. The 27-year-old Ghanaian defender was the victim…

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Greek FA gave no tickets to the ethnic minority of Albanians

Greek FA gave no tickets to the ethnic minority of Albanians

The Albanian national squad saw nearly no support from Albanian fans for their World Cup qualifier in Athens against Greece on 30 March. The Greek FA referred to debts of the Albanian FA in the amount of 7 000 Euro and refused to hand over the usual 5 % of the tickets. The 33 000…

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Anti-racism campaigners to meet in Slovakia

Anti-racism campaigners to meet in Slovakia

Anti-racism campaigners from across the FARE network will next month call for renewed action over what has been described as an ‘epidemic’ of racism in football across Europe. The call will come at a conference to be held by FARE in Bratislava, Slovakia, on the 8th and 9th April. The conference will bring together more…

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Rangers implement plan of action

Rangers implement plan of action

Scottish club, Rangers, have implemented a plan of action to deal with racism and sectarianism at their Ibrox ground. The move follows a documentary shown as part of the BBC’s Panorarma programme that criticised both Rangers and Celtic for not tackling the problem. David Murray, Chairman of Rangers, declared war on the abusive fans who…

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Falkirk pupils launch their own wristband

Falkirk pupils launch their own wristband

School children at Graeme High School, Falkirk in Scotland, have launched their own wristband to combat racism. The group, from the “Revolutionary” Young Enterprise designed the bracelet as their entry to a European-wide competition. Similar to Nike’s “Stand Up, Speak up!” campaign wristband, the bracelet is designed to allow the public to show their commitment…

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FURD set to celebrate ten years of campaigning

FURD set to celebrate ten years of campaigning

Football Unites, Racism Divides are to mark their tenth anniversary with a Gala Evening on Friday 11th November 2005. The date is outside the FARE week of action due to the timing of Ramadan this year. Celebrities lined up The evening will showcase the work of the project since it's inception in November 1995, and…

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Debate continues over Nike campaign

Debate continues over Nike campaign

The London Evening Standard has published an article discussing campaigners’ responses to the Nike “Stand Up, Speak Up” anti-racism campaign. Since Nike launched their high profile campaign, FARE and its member organisations have been inundated by the response from football fans, both in support of and against it. Our website alone, has received over 1500…

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Wanchope in racist scuffle

Wanchope in racist scuffle

Malaga striker Paulo Wanchope says he was involved in a scuffle with the club's fans after they racially abused him while he was warming down after a league match on Saturday 12 March 2005. The Costa Rica international said he was attacked when he went to confront the fans who had used a megaphone to…

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Di Canio fined for fascist salute

Di Canio fined for fascist salute

Lazio striker Paolo Di Canio has been fined €10,000 for the fascist-style salute he made in the derby win over Roma in January. The Italian Football League also handed Lazio a fine of the same amount. Di Canio, 36, had claimed that the gesture was a misrepresentation by the cameraman. But the League disciplinary commission…

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UEFA to renew support for FARE

UEFA to renew support for FARE

As the debate over racism in football continues, European football’s governing body, UEFA, is to renew its anti-racism partnership with the FARE Network during a special event staged at Highbury Stadium on Wednesday 9 March 2005. A financial donation of 400,000 Euros will be presented to campaigners by Arsenal FC’s vice-chairman, David Dein, and UEFA’s…

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UEFA threatens clubs with expulsion

UEFA threatens clubs with expulsion

UEFA have warned clubs that they could face expulsion from UEFA competitions if their fans are found guilty of racist behaviour. UEFA already have a range of sanctions for clubs found guilty of racist abuse, including fines and playing behind closed doors. UEFA spokesman, William Gaillard told the BBC, “There is no limit to the…

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Aragones slapped with paltry fine

Aragones slapped with paltry fine

Spain coach, Luis Aragones, has been fined 3000 euros by the Spanish Football Federation following his racist remarks about Arsenal’s Thierry Henry. The pitiful punishment was the result of a long drawn-out investigation into the remarks he made to Reyes about his Arsenal team-mate late last year. Aragones caused uproar, when in October 2004, he…

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Racism mars Milan derby

Racism mars Milan derby

Racist chanting and the displaying of neo-Nazi banners have marred the Inter – AC Milan derby, played on Sunday 27 February 2005 at the San Siro stadium. AC Milan’s Dutch midfielder, Clarence Seedorf was repeatedly “Monkey chanted” by sections of the Inter Milan crowd. The chants, so loud, could clearly be heard over Eurosport’s live…

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Player slams Spanish lack of action

Player slams Spanish lack of action

Osasuna’s Uruguayan international striker, Richard Morales, has criticised the Spanish authorities for their inability to deal with the racist abuse prevalent in the game recently. He said, “They talk a lot, but do nothing. I think you have to take a harder line against each and every one of the people who are shouting at…

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Racist fans sentenced

Racist fans sentenced

A Lincoln City fan has been fined and banned from attending future games after being found guilty of racist chanting. John-Joe McGovern, 18, of Lincoln in England was arrested at the Cambridge United verse Lincoln City game on 30 October 2004. Elsewhere, Robert McBride of Midlothian, Scotland, was fined £250 after he racially abused Hearts…

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Schalke 04 ban neo-Nazis

Schalke 04 ban neo-Nazis

FC Schalke 04 have again taken a clear stance against racism and xenophobia by banning extreme-right groups from the club. The Schalke 04 managing board has decided that membership of the National Democratic Party of Germany (NPD), the Republicans (REP), or of parties having the same or similar political aims is incompatible with membership of…

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Ref stops game after racist abuse

Ref stops game after racist abuse

Alfonso Perez Burrull has become the first Referee in Spain to halt a game due to racist abuse. Burrull stopped the game between Malaga and Espanyol on 20 February 2005 after Malaga fans “Monkey chanted” Espanyol’s Cameroon keeper Carlos Kameni. The ref told club officials to make a public announcement, asking their fans to decease…

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Racist banner mars match

Racist banner mars match

Racism has marred the UEFA Cup third round match, between Ajax and French club Auxerre played on 16 February 2005. Auxerre’s Ivory Coast striker, Bonaventure Kalou, was greeted by a racist banner as he entered the pitch. The banner suggested that Kalou, who used to play for Ajax’s bitter rivals Feyenoord, should go “To a…

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Spanish FA failing to deal with racists

Spanish FA failing to deal with racists

A leading Spanish referee has attacked the failure of the country's football authorities to deal with racist abuse and pledged his support to any black players who decide to walk off the pitch in protest. Primera Liga referee, Eduardo Iturralde Gonzalez, made his claims in the Spanish sports daily Marca. He said, “Those people who…

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Eto'o calls for a united stance against racism

Eto'o calls for a united stance against racism

Barcelona striker Samuel Eto'o has called on journalists and white footballers to help fight racism in sport. The Cameroon international was subject to racial abuse during his side's 4-1 victory in Real Zaragoza's La Romareda stadium on Saturday 12 February 2005, although referee Fernando Carmona Mendez did not mention it in his match report. Eto'o…

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Football not the cause of sectarianism

Football not the cause of sectarianism

Celtic and Rangers have joined forces to deny that football is at the root of sectarianism in Scotland. Both clubs were represented at a summit on sectarianism which was hosted by First Minister Jack McConnell in Glasgow. Various groups, including educational bodies, religious groups and local government, took part in the discussion on how to…

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Neville doubts Nike’s motives

Neville doubts Nike’s motives

England defender, Gary Neville, has questioned Nike’s motives for their prominent anti-racist campaign. Neville raised his concerns after the England – Holland friendly on Wednesday 9 February 2005, during which Holland dropped its famous orange strip in favour of Nike’ black & white “Stand Up, Speak Up” kit. England, who aren’t sponsored by Nike, wore…

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International sides back anti-racism campaign

International sides back anti-racism campaign

Holland, Portugal and Russia are to wear special black & white kits in support of the anti-racist campaign instigated by Arsenal’s Thierry Henry. The sides, who wear Nike kit, are taking the unprecedented step as part of the high-profile “Stand Up, Speak Up” campaign. During Holland’s game against England on Wednesday 9 February 2005 at…

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UEFA increased racism related fine for Lazio

UEFA increased racism related fine for Lazio

Last week UEFA's control and disciplinary committee has rejected an appeal by Lazio against punishments for racist behaviour by their fans. UEFA maintained Lazio must play their next European tie behind closed doors for racist abuse of its supporters against FK Partizan Belgrade at the Stadio Olimpico in November. And it also imposed an additional…

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Top stars launch anti-racism campaign

Top stars launch anti-racism campaign

Thierry Henry, the Arsenal and France striker, and Rio Ferdinand of Manchester United and England, have launched Nike’s anti-racism campaign. The Nike wristband is part of their campaign, Stand Up, Speak Up led by Thierry Henry. Henry first wore the two black and white interlocking bands as he accepted the runners-up award at the World…

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Ince blasts racist fans

Ince blasts racist fans

Wolves skipper, Paul Ince, has blasted a minority of Millwall fans for their disgraceful abuse of Wolves’ South Korean midfielder, Seol. Seol, who was subjected to racists chants throughout the game, responded by scoring an extra-time 2-1 winner. After the match, Ince was not so quiet, “The crowd were an absolute disgrace and some of…

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Big Ron digs himself deeper

Big Ron digs himself deeper

Disgraced UK football pundit, Ron Atkinson, has blurted out yet another racial slur just months after losing his job for racially abusing Marcel Desailly live on air. This time, the Chinese community bore the brunt of big Ron’s insults. Atkinson was speaking to more than 250 people at a fundraising event at Sheffield Wednesday Football…

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Racist fan gets sent down

Racist fan gets sent down

Stephen Marsh, 43, of Portsmouth UK, has been jailed for six months and banned from football matches for seven years after racially abusing his own side’s player. Shaka Hislop, Portsmouth’s goalie, received a torrent of abuse from Marsh and his 22-year-old son during their home game against Manchester United on 30 October 2004. A fellow…

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Outrage over di Canio fascist salute

Outrage over di Canio fascist salute

The football community is in disgust after witnessing Lazio’s Paolo Di Canio make a nazi salute after their 3-1 win over Roma in the local derby on Thursday 6 January 2005. The self-confessed admirer of former Italian dictator Benito Mussolini, made the stiff right-arm salute to the Lazio fans to celebrate the victory. At a…

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