FARE stalwart Bella Bello Bitugu receives special award from FIFA

FARE stalwart Bella Bello Bitugu receives special award from FIFA

World soccer's governing body has given its annual Fair Play Award to the 2006 World Cup fans in recognition of what it called a “highly impressive example of unity and understanding between different peoples”. The Fair Play Award was received by Dr Bella Bello Bitugu, together with Daniele Schumann from KOS at the FIFA World…

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Tension remains between Zoro and Inter fans

Tension remains between Zoro and Inter fans

Everyone will remember the terrible racist incident at the Serie A clash between Messina and Inter Milan at the San Filippo Stadium in Messina just over a year ago (27 November 2005) when the home side's Ivorian defender Marc Zoro attempted to leave the field after being subjected to repeated racist abuse by travelling Inter…

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Shock as racism ban overturned

Shock as racism ban overturned

Germany Under-21 player Aaron Hunt's two-game ban for “gross unsporting conduct” during a game against England has been overturned by Uefa. England's Anton Ferdinand and Micah Richards both alleged they received racial abuse during October's European Under-21 Championship play-off. Werder Bremen striker Hunt denied the accusations but was found guilty by governing body Uefa in…

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Former Pisa star lends support to campaign against racism in Italy

Former Pisa star lends support to campaign against racism in Italy

The UISP Pisa committee organized a meeting with ex-player Paul Elliott (formerly of Chelsea, Celtic and Pisa) on Saturday November 18th in Pisa, about the problems of racism and discrimination in the panorama of international football. Centre-half Elliott, two years a Pisa player between 1987 and 1989, went on to play for Glasgow Celtic and…

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Death of fan at PSG in atmosphere of racism and anti-Semitism

Death of fan at PSG in atmosphere of racism and anti-Semitism

Terrible scenes in Paris when a plain clothes police officer shot into a crowd of skirmishing soccer fans as he tried to protect a supporter of Hapoel Tel Aviv, killing one person and injuring another. The incident near the Parc des Princes stadium occurred after Hapoel Tel Aviv's 4-2 victory over Paris Saint-Germain in a…

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Austria and Trinidad & Tobago show racism the red card

Austria and Trinidad & Tobago show racism the red card

The friendly international between Austria and the World Cup participant from the Caribbean, Trinidad & Tobago, on Wednesday 15th November at the Ernst Happel Stadium in Vienna marked the start of a campaign being organised by the Austrian Football Association (ÖFB) in preparation for the UEFA EURO 2008. In partnership with the “FairPlay. Different Colours….

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Action Week in Poland biggest yet

Action Week in Poland biggest yet

FARE partner Never Again has helped coordinate a wide-ranging programme of initiatives in support of the FARE Action Week, including: – In Poznañ, the Social Initiatives Association held a football tournament under the banner “FOOTBALL AGAINST RACISM”. The purpose was to prove that the stadiums of Poznañ, and the city itself, are safe, free of…

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Racism Breaks the Game

Racism Breaks the Game

Exciting news from Romania! From October 27 – 29, The Romanian Football Federation, in cooperation with The Open Society Institute’s Roma Initiative Office, The National Council for Combating Discrimination, The Monitoring Press Agency, and The European Roma Grassroots Organisation, organised the campaign “Racism Breaks the Game” to stimulate social dialogue and promote tolerance and fair…

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Israel joins fight against soccer racism

Israel joins fight against soccer racism

In a move aimed at bolstering Israel's international image and ability to fight anti-Semitism and racism, Israel has joined European efforts to combat racism and violence at soccer games. Sponsored by Football Against Racism in Europe and UEFA, the action has targeted acts of racism and violence through a week-long publicity campaign at various soccer…

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Against homophobia in football!

Against homophobia in football!

Sunday, November 5, 2006, Paris Foot Gay (PFG) will play for the first time against a team of supporters of Paris Saint-Germain, during a gala game against discriminations. Karim OUMNIA, CEO of Baliston, will kick off this game which will launch the Carton Rouge à l'Homophobie (“Red Card to Homophobia”) operation, at the Parc des…

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Cadiz Action Week. Conference, artistic and sportive events.

Cadiz Action Week. Conference, artistic and sportive events.

Like in the last 2 years the collective CEPA-Andalucía took part in the European-wide anti-racist activities. During the Fare Action Week in Cádiz / Spain they organized the following activities. At the beginning of October they reparted information about FARE, CEPA and the Action Week during two days in the Streetsoccer event “Mundialito” (2.10. –…

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Action Week in Congo – against war and every form of discrimination

Action Week in Congo – against war and every form of discrimination

This year, thanks to the precious contribution of FIFA, a number of African organisations took part in the Action Week. An event staged by the Congolese organisation LISPED (Ligue Sportive pour la Promotion et la defence des droits de l'Homme), for example, which was designed to raise public awareness for the fight against all forms…

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UEFA Cup events to close FARE Action Week

UEFA Cup events to close FARE Action Week

The 7th edition of the FARE Action Week, after hitting the highest point with a series of high profile and grassroots events at the week-end of the 28-29 October, closes with a prominent symbolic action at the UEFA Cup match between FK Partizan and AS Livorno on 2 November in Belgrade. The players of both…

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Antirazzisti Mondiali campaign against racism in sport launched in Italy

Antirazzisti Mondiali campaign against racism in sport launched in Italy

As part of the Action Week the Italian sports association UISP, the supporters group Progetto Ultrà and the weekly magazine Carta, along with the FARE network, launched a new campaign called 'Antirazzisti Mondiali. Tante tattiche una sola squadra” (Anti-racists of the world. Many game plans, just one team). The campaign aims to establish a national…

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Special Day for Blades and Football Unites

Special Day for Blades and Football Unites

FARE partner Football Unites, Racism Divides held their biggest ever Week of Action event at the game between Sheffield United and Premiership champions Chelsea on 28th October. Football Unites have worked together with Sheffield United since 1997 on their Anti-Racist days. “The match against Chelsea provided the perfect opportunity of a packed stadium, plus Sky…

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Kick It Out welcomes Mijailovic ban

Kick It Out welcomes Mijailovic ban

FARE UK partner, Kick It Out, have welcomed UEFA's decision to ban Wisla Krakow defender Nikola Mijailovic for five UEFA competition games for the racial abuse of Blackburn striker Benni McCarthy. The Serbian was found guilty of the offence that took place when the sides met on 19 October, by European football's governing body Uefa….

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FARE Action Week peaks this weekend

FARE Action Week peaks this weekend

The 7th annual FARE Action Week against racism and discrimination reached its second peak at the weekend 28-29th October. PSV lead the way in Holland Leading Dutch club PSV Eindhoven organised an anti-racism day at the home match against Sparta Rotterdam on 25th October. This was the fourth time PSV had joined the FARE Action…

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Fan groups in Germany against racism

Fan groups in Germany against racism

Article: In addition to the Red Card campaigns run by the German Football Association (DFB) and the German Football League (DFL), numerous fan groups in Germany again took part this year in the FARE Action Week. Fans from every league, ranging from RSV Göttingen in the lowly District League to Bayern Munich in the top-flight…

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PSV lead the way in Holland

PSV lead the way in Holland

Leading Dutch club PSV Eindhoven organised an anti-racism day at the home match against Sparta Rotterdam on 25th October. This was the fourth time PSV had joined the FARE Action Week. The match day programme featured a special on the fight against racism; captain Phillip Cocu read a letter with an anti-racism message and the…

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United Colours of Bohemka

United Colours of Bohemka

The Czech second league club “FC Bohemians 1905” and the “Bohemians Ultras” made a strong anti-racist statement at the match against Usti nad Lebam last weekend. Before the game the players presented a banner with the slogan “Bohemka proti rasismu” and the fans were informed that FC Bohemians proudly joined the international FARE Action Week….

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FARE Action Week in Varese – city streets awash with colour

FARE Action Week in Varese – city streets awash with colour

On Sunday 22 October UISP Varese combined the activity already scheduled for the FARE Action Week with a further event under the title “Let's reclaim our space”, that was taking place for the second time this year. So, as well as the traditional march through the city of Varese, a five-a-side tournament was organised that…

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Anti-racist activities in Ancona

Anti-racist activities in Ancona

One of the most important activities during the FARE Action Week was doubtless the event organised in Ancona by the sports association Polisportiva Antirazzista Assata Shakur along with the umbrella sports body U.I.S.P Ancona, the organisations Ambasciata dei Diritti (Embassy of Rights) and Circolo Africa (African Circle), and local radio stations Radio Arancia Network and…

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Austrian League speaks out

Austrian League speaks out

Over the week-end of the 21-22 October, the Austrian Bundesliga ran activities involving all first division clubs. For the first time team captains and ethnic minority players read out statements against racism. Players taking the microphone included the Austrian Internationals Sebastian Martinez (SV Ried) whose background is Uruguayan, Bosnian-born Zlatko Junuzovic (GAK) and the Swiss-Congolese…

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German Week of Action off to a great start

German Week of Action off to a great start

Early signs are that the Week of Action in Germany is proving to be a huge success, with activities taking place at all thirty-six 1st and 2nd division games played so far, as well as at some 3rd division games. Altogether 800,000 red cards bearing the message Show Racism the Red Card in German on…

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Hughes demands action over racism

Hughes demands action over racism

Blackburn manager Mark Hughes has asked Uefa to take action over claims Benni McCarthy was racially abused during the Uefa Cup tie in Poland on Thursday. McCarthy said he was a target during the 2-1 group win against Wisla Krakow. Uefa has warned it may be difficult to find any “hard evidence”, but Hughes says:…

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European Football fights Racism and Celebrates the Beautiful Game

European Football fights Racism and Celebrates the Beautiful Game

The seventh annual FARE Action Week got underway with a Europe-wide campaign to eradicate the cancer of racism and intolerance from the beautiful game. Running from 17 to 30 October, the annual show of strength coordinated by the FARE network and implemented with support of UEFA is uniting football fans, clubs and those targeted by…

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Football Association of Ireland Unites Against Racism

Football Association of Ireland Unites Against Racism

The Football Association of Ireland have launched a fortnight of action against racism in Ireland in association with UEFA’s partner in the campaign against racism, Football Against Racism in Europe (FARE). The FAI have encouraged all members of the association to make strong efforts to contribute actively to the programme of the fortnight by designing…

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FARE Action Week kicks-off today

FARE Action Week kicks-off today

Tonight UEFA’s flagship club competition, the Champions League, will kick-off the 7th Action Week. Europe's top football stars will help to spread the message too as they stand united against racism. All 32 teams taking part in the UEFA Champions League will show their opposition to racism as part of UEFA's contribution to the FARE…

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Racist incident at Borac Cacak in Serbia

Racist incident at Borac Cacak in Serbia

The following incident occurred in the 24th minute of the Serbian first division game between Borac Cacak and Vozdovac on Saturday, 14 October: A total of 37 Borac supporters put on Ku Klux Klan hoods and displayed banners bearing the messages “The player should go, no one wants him here” and “The South will rise…

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Broad support from Venice fans for 2006 Action Week

Broad support from Venice fans for 2006 Action Week

The various activities are being supported by the fan groups of Venezia Mestre as well as the Venetian Football Society. The first activity was conducted by fans as part of the Stand Up, Speak Up campaign. It consisted of an event staged at the Rialto fish market on Thursday 12 October under the heading “Attacco…

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Get ready for the FARE Action Week!

Get ready for the FARE Action Week!

The biggest series of single anti-racism activities in football will come through the pan-European FARE Action Week. In just one week on 17 / 18 October the UEFA Champions League will kick off the Action Week against racism and discrimination of the network Football Against Racism in Europe (FARE). More than a thousand activities in…

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Exhibition in Berlin: Jews in German football

Exhibition in Berlin: Jews in German football

Kickers, Fighters and Legends (Centrum Judaicum / Berlin, shown till 15th of December, 2006) They were football pioneers. Jewish footballers, coaches, journalists and functionaries were responsible for making football popular in Germany. The visionary: Walther Bensemann, 1873-1934, established football in Germany. Around 1900, he organized the first international football matches and was involved in the…

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Polish fans displayed Nazi banner in Vienna

Polish fans displayed Nazi banner in Vienna

The first round UEFA cup tie between the national champions FK Austria Vienna and Legia Warszawa on 28 September in Vienna has been marred by the display of Nazi symbols. A huge 20 meter banner saying “White Legion” featuring the Nazi emblem “Wolfsangel” was exposed in the sector of the Legia fans. The “Wolfsangel” (“Wolf’s…

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Germany's professional football is getting actively involved in the fight against racism and discrimination

Germany's professional football is getting actively involved in the fight against racism and discrimination

As part of the international week of action organised by the Football Against Racism in Europe (FARE) network in association with the the European governing body (UEFA), the German Football League will stage an extensive event in Week 8 of the season (20-23 October). Spectators at every stadium will be handed a red card bearing…

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Hansa Rostock fined, investigations against Alemannia Aachen and Mönchengladbach

Hansa Rostock fined, investigations against Alemannia Aachen and Mönchengladbach

German FA´s (DFB) strong reaction on racism When Dr. Theo Zwanziger was elected to be the new president of the German Football Association (DFB) on 8th of September he immediately mentioned social integration and the support of young women’s football as two of his main targets. Zwanziger always pushed the issue of social inclusion in…

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Racist insults at Israel v Andorra

Racist insults at Israel v Andorra

West Ham's Israeli midfielder, Yossi Benayoun, claims to have been a victim of racism at the match between Israel and Andorra. He accused Andorra coach David Rodrigo of saying Israelis were “murderers”. Rodrigo is also alleged to have said: “You're a country of criminals. You fire rockets at civilians and kill children.” The incident took…

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Gilardino interview appears in gay daily

Gilardino interview appears in gay daily

“I don't deny that I was delighted to read in the papers that I've become a sex symbol for both women and homosexual men.” Disproving the traditional image of the male footballer, Alberto Gilardino agreed to give gay.it an interview. He is thus the first professional footballer to consider the delicate subject of homosexuality in…

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Finals in Cup of Friendship and Tolerance in Slovakia

Finals in Cup of Friendship and Tolerance in Slovakia

The antiracist Roma project „Football is joining us together“ will come to its climax on Saturday 23th of September 2006 in Kokava nad Rimavicou (Slovakia). The finals of the antiracist tournament „Cup of Friendship and Tolerance“ are organised by FARE partner Ľudia proti rasizmu (People against racism) with support of FARE and the Slovak Football…

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We won the Collecchio Film Festival!

We won the Collecchio Film Festival!

The video of the Mondiali Antirazzisti realised on 2005 by Enza Negroni and presented at the Collecchio Film Festival 2006, won the section Ethic and Sport. This is the motivation of the award: for the great social valence of the manifestation and how it has been told in the documentary of the director Enza Negroni….

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Israeli-Palestinian Peace Team win respect

Israeli-Palestinian Peace Team win respect

Peace won – if not in the world of politics and military, then at least on the football pitch. Even though a mixed Israeli-Palestinian Peace Team that participated in the 4th International Swiss U16 Cup in Bad Ragaz (Switzerland) only finished 9th out of 12 teams, they also won in some way: Friendship, respect, solidarity…

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FIFA investigates Croatian fans

FIFA investigates Croatian fans

Following the report sent by FARE, FIFA told the network yesterday that they have immediately opened a disciplinary proceeding against the Croatian Football Federation, based on art. 55 of the FIFA Disciplinary Code regarding racism. During the international friendly between Italy and Croatia in Livorno on Wednesday, Croatian fans have arranged themselves into a Nazi…

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Croatian fans form human swastika in Italy

Croatian fans form human swastika in Italy

Croatia's victory over World Cup winners Italy has been marred by the racist behaviour of their travelling fans last night. During the warm up match ahead of the EURO 2008 qualification in Livorno, a group of Croatian fans created a human swastika in the stands while making nazi salutes. Photographic and video evidence sent to…

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Pokazi Rasizmu Crveni Karton – international youth tournament against racism and nationalism in the Balkans

Pokazi Rasizmu Crveni Karton – international youth tournament against racism and nationalism in the Balkans

In association with Serbian first-division club FK Smederevo, FARE Serbia and the Balkan Alpe Adria Project (BAAP), the network Football Against Racism in Europe (FARE) organised an international football tournament against discrimination and nationalism in the Balkans in the small Serbian town of Smederevo on 4-6 August 2006. In addition, the first-division clash between FK…

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SRTRC Scotland announces FARE Week of Action plans

SRTRC Scotland announces FARE Week of Action plans

FARE partner, Show Racism the Red Card Scotland has unveiled its plans for the 2006 SRTRC Fortnight of Action, 17-30 October 2006, part of the FARE Week of Action taking place Europe-wide. As well as anti-racist action at all 42 Scottish professional clubs, this year's SRTRC Fortnight of Action will again see communities and fans…

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Balkans youngsters unite through football

Balkans youngsters unite through football

International youth tournament in Smederevo, Serbia The Football Against Racism in Europe (FARE) network will come together with Serbian First Division Football Club FK Smederevo and the Balkan Alpe Adria Project (BAAP) to hold a football tournament against racism and nationalism this weekend in Serbia (4 – 6 August). This will be the first time…

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Football without frontiers

Football without frontiers

This year the anti-racist football tournament in Kittlitz in the German state of Saxony is taking place for the fourth time. Inspired by the Mondiali Antirazzisti in Italy, the tournament stands out clearly from others held in the region. The organisers attach great importance to the involvement of teams from the immediate neighbouring countries of…

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UEFA demonstrate tough stance on homophobia

UEFA demonstrate tough stance on homophobia

FARE partner, European Gay & Lesbian Sport Federation (EGLSF), and the English FA have both received letters from UEFA explaining their tough stance against homophobia in the game. The letters have outlined the sanctions imposed on Levski Sofia and the club’s president, Todor Batkov, for the homophobic remarks he made after his side’s UEFA Cup…

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FIFA punishes Zidane

FIFA punishes Zidane

FIFA, the world’s football governing body, has slapped Zinedine Zidane with a €4700 fine and ordered him to do three days community service for the ex-France captain’s headbut on Italy’s Marco Materazzi during the World Cup final. Materazzi has also been fined €3000 and banned for two matches for his part in provoking Zidane. The…

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Displaced communities the winners

Displaced communities the winners

A weekend of friendship through football at the Unity Cup Festival in Sheffield, UK came to an exciting climax on Sunday 16th July. The national festival, organised by FARE partner Kick It Out, in conjunction with fellow FARE partners Football Unites, Racism Divides; brought 20 teams of refugees and asylum seekers together from all corners…

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Football festival brings together players from across the world

Football festival brings together players from across the world

One week after the biggest gathering of world football a national festival will revive the hopes of footballing success for refugee players from more than 40 countries. The Unity Cup Festival, organised by UK FARE partners Kick It Out, in conjunction with Football Unites, Racism Divides,/i> will feature 20 teams of refugees and asylum-seekers from…

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Mondiali kicks off

Mondiali kicks off

The tenth Mondiali Anti-Razzisti, (Anti-racist World Cup) kicked off yesterday as the small northern Italian town of Montecchio came to terms with the arrival of thousands of amateur footballers from across Europe. The arrivals include a vast array of players, friends and hangers on of varying talents, nationalities and ethnicities. Perhaps the most surprising contestants…

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Campaign moves forward in Wales

Campaign moves forward in Wales

FARE partner, Show Racism the Red Card is about to step up the campaign in Wales with the recruitment of their first campaign coordinator for the country. SRtRC, who have long been involved in FARE activities, are a high-profile UK anti-racist campaign. They harness the role model status of professional footballers to combat racism in…

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Bigots face 10-year football match bans

Bigots face 10-year football match bans

Bigots and racists can be banned from football games in Scotland for up to 10 years from early next season. Banning orders, which can prevent troublemakers from attending SPL, SFL or Scotland matches, come into force in September, it was confirmed today. Under the new powers, fans convicted of shouting sectarian or racist abuse in…

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World Cup finalists back FARE

World Cup finalists back FARE

The captains of the World Cup finalists have come together to support football’s fight against racism ahead of the final on Sunday in Berlin. France and Italy captains, Zinedine Zidane and Fabio Cannavaro, have both written statements to the FARE network in support of our efforts and calling for an end to racism in the…

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Italian press conference launches the Anti-Racist World Cup

Italian press conference launches the Anti-Racist World Cup

The Italian press conference to launch the 2006 Mondiali Antirazzisti (Anti-Racist World Cup) took place in Bologna today. This year will see some significant changes with regard to the programme and the participation of foreign teams. The Mondiali is a tournament that “relies strongly on the involvement of Italian groups”, said Carlo Balestri, spokesperson for…

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Streetfootball World Cup kicks off without Nigeria and Ghana

Streetfootball World Cup kicks off without Nigeria and Ghana

The inaugural edition of the Streetfootballworld festival has kicked off in Berlin –Kreuzberg without the teams of Nigeria and Ghana, who were refused entry visa. The German consulates in both countries gave reasons bothering on migration. Yomi Kuku, the project director of Search and Groom, the organisation who selected Nigeria's team told in an open…

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Mandela backs anti- racism initiatives

Mandela backs anti- racism initiatives

Nelson Mandela has offered his support to anti- racism initiatives at the World Cup quarter finals, which have been designated as 'Anti-Discrimination Days'. FIFA will use the quarter-finals to convey their message at the stadiums and to a TV audience of billions, about their stance against racism. At all four quarter-final matches, team captains will…

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World Cup Quarter Finals to highlight football's drive against racism

World Cup Quarter Finals to highlight football's drive against racism

The World Cup Quarter Finals will be used to send out an unwavering message against racism in football, reaching a global audience of billions. As part of a joint initiative between FIFA, the German Organising Committee and FARE to challenge racism and discrimination in the game, FIFA have declared all of the Quarter Final matches…

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Largest Online Stadium supports FARE

Largest Online Stadium supports FARE

The designers of the website www.largestonlinestadium.com, Floyd, Miri, Eylem and Dali take the motto of the World Cup “A time to make friends” seriously. Too many fans find themselves at closed doors, they didn't get tickets. The Largest Online Stadium invites them for free to take place in the stadium. Register, create an image and…

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Spanish fans accused of racism

Spanish fans accused of racism

The BBC website is reporting that France coach, Raymond Domenech, has alleged that his players were subjected to racist taunts by some Spanish fans before their second-round World Cup match against Spain on Tuesday 27 June 2005 in Hanover. Domenech claims that, “When I arrived with the bus there were fans making monkey chants.” The…

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Cruyff regrets Kalou absence

Cruyff regrets Kalou absence

Football great Johan Cruyff has criticised the immigration minister of the Netherlands for the exclusion of Salomon Kalou from their World Cup team. Writing in the Dutch paper De Telegraaf, Cruyff said Rita Verdonk's decision not to grant the Ivorian-born player citizenship contributed to their early exit from the tournament. “I don't want to say…

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FARE Media Information: Football fans come together to pay respects at Dachau

FARE Media Information: Football fans come together to pay respects at Dachau

Football fans at the World Cup will travel to a former concentration camp outside of Munich to pay their respects to those who lost their lives during the holocaust tomorrow (23 June 2006). More than 150 fans from England, Poland and the host nation Germany will travel to Dachau where they will hear from two…

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Würzburg is in Ghana

Würzburg is in Ghana

The Black Stars unleash a wave of euphoria and friendship in Würzburg, the home of their World Cup headquarters. At a festival on the banks of the River Main in Würzburg some 5,000 people hailed the “Heroes of the Rhine”, who were more than a match for tournament co-favourites the Czech Republic in Cologne on…

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Anti-racism network sees positive start to World Cup

Anti-racism network sees positive start to World Cup

With nearly half of the 64 World Cup matches played, the Football Against Racism in Europe (FARE) network has reported a positive start to the tournament. With few exceptions football fans from all over the world have come together in a peaceful and celebratory atmosphere in the city centres and stadiums. However campaigners have witnessed…

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FIFA and FARE come together for Streetkick event

FIFA and FARE come together for Streetkick event

Campaigners from the Football Against Racism in Europe (FARE) network and officials from FIFA will come together to play football in Cologne ahead of England's clash with Sweden to promote a message against racism at the World Cup. FIFA will visit FARE's mobile football game, Streetkick, in the heart of Cologne at 14:00 (EST) to…

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FARE fanzines spread the message

FARE fanzines spread the message

Anti- racism fanzines produced by FARE for the World Cup have proved extremely popular with fans visiting Germany from all over the World. The FARE Football Unites! fanzines feature statements against racism in football from some of the World's biggest names including David Beckham, Zinedine Zidane, Michael Ballack and Juan Pablo Sorin. The publication, which…

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FARE receives presidential support

FARE receives presidential support

The President of Trinidad and Tobago visited FARE's Streetkick game ahead of his countries clash with England last Thursday 15 June 2005 in Nuremberg. President George Maxwell Richards joined campaigners from UK FARE partners Football Unites, Racism Divides and Kick It Out to lend his support to the fight against racism in the game and…

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Polish national team send out a clear message

Polish national team send out a clear message

The Poland football squad have used the World Cup as a platform to pledge their support to Polish FARE partner Never Again Association and stamping racism out of football. The players posed for photographs wearing specially designed t-shirts with the campaign's slogan, Let's kick racism out of stadiums across the front. The picture of the…

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FARE and FIFA launch World Cup programme

FARE and FIFA launch World Cup programme

Campaigners from the FARE network came together with FIFA and the German local organising comittee on the opening day of the World Cup in Berlin to launch the Football Unites! anti-racism initiative. The announcement was made at a press conference held last Friday where Alain Leiblang from FIFA, Hans Florin and Gerd Graus from the…

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Streetkick off to a succesful start

Streetkick off to a succesful start

The FARE World Cup Streetkick tour has got off to a succesful start with thousands of football fans engaging with the mobile football game. Fans from Germany, Costa Rica, Poland, Ecuador, Iran, Mexico, Argentina and the Ivory Coast have come together for Streetkick games, learning more about anti-racism campaigns in football and sharing their footballing…

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Exhibition celebrates Football diversity at World Cup

Exhibition celebrates Football diversity at World Cup

An exhibition celebrating the diversity of football will be launched at the World Cup on Wednesday 14 June 2006 in Berlin. Ball Work, Scenes from Football and migration has been developed by German FARE partner Flutlicht and will be on display at the Museen Dahlem (Lansstr.8) for the duration of the World Cup up until…

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FARE and FIFA joint World Cup programme announced

FARE and FIFA joint World Cup programme announced

The Football Against Racism in Europe (FARE) network and FIFA have announced a series of joint measures to tackle racism at the World Cup in Germany. The announcement was made at a press conference held this morning in Berlin where Alain Leiblang from FIFA Media, Hans Florin and Gerd Graus from the LOC, Director of…

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Football against racism at the 2006 FIFA World Cup™ – alliance between FIFA, LOC and FARE

Football against racism at the 2006 FIFA World Cup™ – alliance between FIFA, LOC and FARE

New system of “fan embassies” in all host cities Joint Media Release of FIFA, LOC and FARE When the 2006 FIFA World Cup™ kicks off today in Munich, the slogan of the event, “A time to make friends”, will dominate the game on the pitch as well as off it. At each of the 64…

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FARE at the World Cup 2006

FARE at the World Cup 2006

What has kicked-off sucessfully at the EURO 2004 in Portugal, will now see a further development at the FIFA World Cup in Germany. Under the slogan Football Unites the FARE network will carry out an anti-racism programme, which is backed by the German World Cup Organising Committee and FIFA. 1. A mobile Streetkick game will…

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Nations unite together in Ireland

Nations unite together in Ireland

Players from the 32 nations represented in the World Cup, came together for a football tournament in Ireland, prior to their countrymen playing in the real thing. The players, made up from immigrants living throughout Ireland, converged on Dublin on 27 & 28 May 2006 for the friendly tournament. Organised by FARE partner, Sport Against…

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Youth teams to meet in Vienna for 4th FairPlay Cup

Youth teams to meet in Vienna for 4th FairPlay Cup

Youth teams from across Austria, Hungary, Serbia, Germany and Slovakia are to meet in Vienna for the 4th FairPlay Cup. The tournament, organised by FARE partner FairPlay and the Viennese club Favoritner AC will take place over Pentecost on 3-5 June 2006, under the motto: Kick Racism! Patron of the event is the former Yugoslavian…

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Steaua and Dinamo fined by the Romanian Football Federation

Steaua and Dinamo fined by the Romanian Football Federation

The Disciplinary Commission of the Romanian Football Federation decided on 25 May to sanction Steaua Bucharest and Dinamo Bucharest with a fine of 30.000 Swiss francs. Additionally, both team have to play their next home match behind closed doors. The FARE network have forwarded reports and a video to FIFA and UEFA showing racist chants…

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Steaua Bucharest fans caught racially chanting on TV

Steaua Bucharest fans caught racially chanting on TV

A TV-report of the Romanian Division A match between CF Sportul Studentesc vs. FC Steaua Bucuresti (1:2) on 21st May 2006 caused major outcry due to the racist behaviour of Steaua supporters and the players. According to several reports that the FARE network have received from Rapid Bucharest supporters, the fans chanted: “Am avut si…

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Danish Show Racism the Red Card campaign started

Danish Show Racism the Red Card campaign started

The show racism the red card campaign started up in Denmark on 7 May. At all games in the top league a “show racism the red card” banner was presented – first by fans, then by players. The campaign has three aims: visibility at football games, education at schools and visits at working places, which…

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“Show Racism The Red Card” officially presented in Finlands Women Super Championship League on 25 May

“Show Racism The Red Card” officially presented in Finlands Women Super  Championship League on 25 May

As named “Finnish Football Family” the FARE member, FiMu- Finnish Multicultural Sports Federation together with the Finnish Fotball Association, the Finnish League, the Finnish Players Union, the Referees Union, and the Women SM-Serie league organize a big “Show Racism the Red Card” event on 25 May in the womens Super Championship League. A similar event…

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EURO can boost anti-racism drive

EURO can boost anti-racism drive

UEFA Chief Executive Lars-Christer Olsson said the UEFA EURO 2008™ final round in Austria and Switzerland will provide a crucial platform in the fight against racism in football. Fan support Mr Olsson was speaking as Austrian fair-play organisations staged a discussion in the Austrian parliament about fan support and anti-racist activities for the tournament. The…

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Show Racism the Red Card pilot scheme has 'dramatic benefits'

Show Racism the Red Card pilot scheme has 'dramatic benefits'

Show Racism the Red Card pilot scheme has 'dramatic benefits' An anti-racism pilot scheme for children involving football coaching and educational workshops has had dramatic benefits. The first evaluation of the Show Racism the Red Card project found that almost three-quarters of pupils with racist or negative attitudes towards asylum seekers and refugees had changed…

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Global Family Award 2006 in Finland

Global Family Award 2006 in Finland

Event: V Global Family -award Time and place: Thursday 11.5.2006 at 18. (befor the 18:30 premium match HJK-KUPS) in Finnair Stadium Urheilukatu 5, Helsinki FARE member Liikkukaa is short for sports and culture internationally. Liikkukaa!org´s main objective is to use sports and culture for moving towards social inclusion, intercultural respect and equal sports opportunities. Liikkukaas…

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UEFA Cup final to “Unite Against Racism”

UEFA Cup final to “Unite Against Racism”

The UEFA Cup final tonight in Eindhoven will send out a powerful message via its ‘Unite against racism’ perimeter advertising. Additionally, the official match programme carries a prominent feature about joint efforts of FARE and UEFA to eliminate racism from the game. As one of four partners of the UEFA Corporate Social Responsibility Programme FARE…

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“Ball work”: New exhibition on football and migration opens in Hamburg

“Ball work”: New exhibition on football and migration opens in Hamburg

Exhibition “Ball work. Scenes from football and migration” “We wanted labour, and what we got was people” (Max Frisch) A new exhibition called Ball work. Scenes from football and migration opened at the KNUST Culture Centre in Hamburg (Neuer Kamp 30) on 3 May 2006. It will be on show there until 4 June 2006…

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Online registrations for the Anti-Racist World Cup (Mondiali Antirazzisti) now being accepted

Online registrations for the Anti-Racist World Cup (Mondiali Antirazzisti) now being accepted

Teams wishing to take part in the Anti-Racist World Cup (Mondiali Antirazzisti) can now register online at: www.mondialiantirazzisti.org. The tournament will take place in Montecchio (Reggio Emilia) for the tenth time on July 12-16. We would like to remind you that the Mondiali is open to everyone. There are no separate tournament groups or restrictions….

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Schools and football unite against racism

Schools and football unite against racism

Once again Hampden Stadium was the proud host for the Show Racism The Red Card/Educational Institute of Scotland anti-racist schools competition prizegiving event. The magnificent display of poetry, posters and films covering the large reception hall demonstrated the hard work, imagination and determination of pupils to stamp racism out of football and society. 12% of…

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Inter fined after further Zoro abuse

Inter fined after further Zoro abuse

Inter Millan have been fined €25000 by the Italian Football Federation (FIGC) following Inter fans’ racial abuse of Messina’s Ivory Coast international Marc Zoro. Sections of the San Siro crowd monkey chanted whenever Zoro touched the ball, during Messina’s 3-0 away defeat on Sunday 2 April 2005. The punishment would have been more severe if,…

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FARE and FIFA announce World Cup plans

FARE and FIFA announce World Cup plans

Campaigners from the Football Against Racism in Europe network have met with FIFA President Sepp Blatter and high-ranking delegates from the United Nations, European Parliament, FIFpro and German government. At the meeting FARE and FIFA announced their partnership for the forthcoming World Cup in Germany. A series of anti- racism measures will be put in…

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Campaigners urge tolerance

Campaigners urge tolerance

Campaigners in Romania are urging fans to refrain from racist abuse ahead of the UEFA Cup quarter final matches between Rapid Bucharest and Steaua Bucharest on 30 March and 6 April 2006. The Romanian National Council for Combating Discrimination, together with the Romanian Football Federation and The National Youth Authority have jointly launched their “Put…

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“Cadismo contra el racismo” – “Cadism against racism”

“Cadismo contra el racismo” – “Cadism against racism”

A great manifestation against racism and discrimination was hold on the 25th and 26th of march in Cádiz/Spain where a lot of activities against racism in football were realized. The project was part of the european action week against racism of UNITED. Various banners were prepared during the last weeks in the CEPA colective by…

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FIFA toughens rules on racism

FIFA toughens rules on racism

Clubs whose fans are guilty of racist abuse can be deducted points or even relegated under new regulations approved by FIFA's executive committee. The new penalties range from match suspensions to deductions of points; three for a first offence, six for a second and relegation if there are further offences. FIFA have ordered all its…

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European Parliament team up against racism

European Parliament team up against racism

The President of the European Parliament, Josep Borrell has been joined by MEPs of different political families, campaigners and representatives of European football in Strasbourg where a formal resolution on racism in the game was adopted. The one page document received more signatures than any other previous written resolution of the parliament with more than…

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MEP's call for action on racism

MEP's call for action on racism

Euro MP’s, campaigners and representatives of European football will be joined by the President of the European Parliament, Josep Borrell, on 14th March 2005 as a formal resolution on racism in the game is adopted. The resolution calls on all stakeholders in the game to do more to fight racism and asks for tougher sanctions…

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Spanish government ups the ante

Spanish government ups the ante

Spanish sports minister, Jaime Lissavetsky, has announced that the country will introduce tougher legislation to deal with racism in football stadiums. The minister said, “The government is preparing changes to the law so that it can act with greater rigour, will be able to hand out heavier sanctions and make individual actions punishable. We have…

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Chelsea step up anti-Semitism campaign

Chelsea step up anti-Semitism campaign

Chelsea Football Club has joined forces with anti-racism campaigners, sections of the Jewish community and the Football Association to urge supporters to unite against anti-Semitism during their match against Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday 11 March 2006. Chelsea FC have made huge strides in tackling racism and want to ensure that any fans who use anti-Jewish…

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UN slams football racism

UN slams football racism

A United Nations human rights investigator has accused politicians and sporting bodies of not doing enough to halt rising racism and discrimination in sport. Doudou Diene, who is UN special rapporteur on contemporary forms of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance said, “In view of the gravity of some racist acts and the coverage…

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FARE calls for leadership from the Spanish FA

FARE calls for leadership from the Spanish FA

Representatives from the Football Against Racism in Europe (FARE) network, and FIFPro, the worldwide representative organisation for all professional players, have attended a press conference organised by Spanish anti- racism campaigners, CECRA, to issue statements calling for action against racism in football from the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF). The press conference, which took place before…

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Eto’o – FARE calls for action from the Spanish Football Federation

Eto’o – FARE calls for action from the Spanish Football Federation

The Football Against Racism in Europe network are convinced that the problem of racism in Spanish football will continue to escalate unless the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) recognise the seriousness of the problem. The fears come following a succession of problems within Spanish football, the latest being during the Real Zaragoza vs. Barcelona game on…

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Croatia's PM slams racist abuse

Croatia's PM slams racist abuse

The racist abuse of African and South American players featuring in Croatia's league has been condemned by the country's prime minister. “We are living in a century in which tolerance should be cultivated. We have to stop racist acts,” Ivo Sanader told the Sportske Novosti newspaper. Cameroonian Mathias Chago and Brazilians Eduardo da Silva and…

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Real Zaragoza handed paltry fine for racist abuse

Real Zaragoza handed paltry fine for racist abuse

Real Zaragoza have been fined a pathetic 600 euros ($718.7) by the Spanish Football Federation after a section of their fans directed racist insults at Brazilian forward Robert during their league match against Real Betis. “During the latter stages of the game monkey chants were directed at Betis player Robert whenever he touched the ball,”…

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Scottish Executive launch anti-sectarianism action plan

Scottish Executive launch anti-sectarianism action plan

Patricia Ferguson, Scottish Executive Minister for Culture, Tourism & Sport sets out below the Executive's anti-sectarianism action plan for sport, designed to tackle the religious hatred that has blighted the Scottish game for over a century. “Sport exerts a huge influence on society. It is very easy for us to get caught up in the…

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Conference finds Spanish still in denial

Conference finds Spanish still in denial

Angel Maria Villar Llona, the president of the Royal Spanish Football Federation, astonished the European football family by seeming to downplay the seriousness of racism in football. Speaking at UEFA’s 2nd Unite Against Racism conference held at Barcelona’s Nou Camp, the Spanish football boss told the packed auditorium, “Of course we are against racism, but…

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Racism the most serious problem facing football today

Racism the most serious problem facing football today

FC Barcelona president Joan Laporta has described racism as “The most serious problem facing football today.” Laporta was speaking at a one-day conference, the repeat of the highly successful 2003 Unite Against Racism conference held at Chelsea, which brought together more 300 delegates from all corners of European football. The gathering, hosted by FC Barcelona,…

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European football looks to Unite Against Racism

European football looks to Unite Against Racism

Stars of Spanish football will join former players, leading administrators from across European football and campaigners at a major gathering to look at racism in Barcelona this Wednesday (1st February). The 2nd UEFA-led Unite Against Racism conference will look at the problems of racism in Europe, highlight examples of good work and provide an opportunity…

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European football meets on racism at Nou Camp

European football meets on racism at Nou Camp

The 2nd Unite Against Racism conference in European Football, supported and promoted by UEFA, Football Against Racism in Europe (FARE) and the RFEF is to take place at the Nou Camp in Barcelona, Spain on Wednesday 1st February 2006, with FC Barcelona acting as hosts. Event at Camp Nou The conference participants include delegates from…

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Matteo Ghione, a young anti-racist footballer

Matteo Ghione, a young anti-racist footballer

The footballer Matteo Ghione is nearly 19 and the son of a Brazilian mother and an Italian father. At the moment he plays for FC Bolzano-Bozen 1996 in Italy's Serie D, though he did start his career in the youth scheme at Juventus. We hope to publish an interview with him soon. Here we reproduce…

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Neo-Nazis among fans at forthcoming World Cup in Germany

Neo-Nazis among fans at forthcoming World Cup in Germany

Neo-Nazi groups in several eastern European countries are gathering forces against black players (such Sol Campbell and Ledley King) in the England team. According to the Sunday Times skinheads from Serbia and Montenegro, Croatia and the Czech Republic have organised a number of meetings to coordinate racist abuse at matches during the forthcoming World Cup…

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Kerr reveals race hate mail

Kerr reveals race hate mail

Ex Republic of Ireland Coach, Brian Kerr, has revealed that he received racist hate mail during his time in charge. Kerr disclosed, “I had to put up with a series of fairly vile abusive letters. That was because I had Chris Hughton, a very Irish black man on the staff, and I had black players…

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UEFA speak about racism

UEFA speak about racism

UEFA Director of Communications, William Gaillard, talks frankly in UEFA.com’s magazine about UEFA’s commitment to eradicating racism and their upcoming Unite Against Racism conference to be held in Spain. “Football has a unique opportunity, first of all, because it is a racially integrated sport – we see all kinds of origins, beliefs and cultures playing…

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Ultras Hapoel take a stand against Racism

Ultras Hapoel take a stand against Racism

Last Tuesday night the Ultras Hapoel, a supporters group of Hapoel Tel-Aviv, displayed several banners to show their stand against racism. Ultras Hapoel unfurled ten banners saying “No to racism” in ten different languages – Arabic, Russian, Amharic, Italian, German, French, Greek, Turkish, English and Spanish. Additionally they displayed a large flag with the symbol…

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African football calls for action on racism

African football calls for action on racism

The Confederation of African Football (CAF) president, Issa Hayatou, has called for Europe to do more to stamp out racism in football. Talking at the CAF congress in Cairo, he also asked European clubs to free up Africa's players to play for their countries. “The fight against racial discrimination is never over. The news we…

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Football unites against racism

Football unites against racism

A huge forthcoming anti-racism conference in Barcelona is set to bring the European football community together in an important show of strength against intolerance and discrimination in football. This 2nd Conference Against Racism in European Football, this time at the Camp Nou stadium on 1 February, is being organised by UEFA in co-operation with FARE…

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2005 in review

2005 in review

UEFA toughens up 2005 saw FARE’s relationship with European Football’s governing body, UEFA, develop further. Early in 2005, UEFA renewed its charity donation to FARE, funding that underpins all our important work. UEFA’s Director of Communications, William Gaillard, said of the relationship with FARE, “We recognise the need to be working alongside those who have…

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Clemente denies racism slur

Clemente denies racism slur

Spanish coach Javier Clemente has denied that comments he made about Cameroon striker Samuel Eto’o were racist. The manager of Athletic Bilbao criticised Eto’o after it appeared he spat at Bilbao defender Unai Exposito during a league match. Clemente was accused of racially abusing Eto’o after describing the spitting incident as “Something that people who…

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Nazi Salutes by football fans in front of Austrian Concentration camp

Nazi Salutes by football fans in front of Austrian Concentration camp

A scandal rocked Adolf Hitler's birthplace Braunau this week with a picture of local football fans making Nazi salutes during a visit to a nearby concentration camp memorial site. Pictures had until recently been on the homepage of the fan club Braunau Bulldogs, in the small town not far from the German border. It showed…

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