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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