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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