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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