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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