President of German FA supports coming out of lesbian and gay players

President of German FA supports coming out of lesbian and gay players

A gay Bundesliga footballer? A lesbian international? According to the statistics there should be dozens of them, but in Germany they do not exist as yet. There are no openly homosexual football stars. The fear of negative effects is too great. The president of the German Football Association (DFB), Dr Theo Zwanziger, has now broken…

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www.fanguide2008.net goes online!

www.fanguide2008.net goes online!

The official UEFA EURO 2008TM fans website is set to be unveiled on 2 December. The website www.fanguide2008.net will go online following the draw for the UEFA EURO 2008TM finals. In keeping with the motto of the fans embassies (“for fans by fans”), the website has been designed by a supporter of longstanding Austrian club…

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Mama Mia – Northern Irish FA chalks up away victory in Dublin!

Mama Mia – Northern Irish FA chalks up away victory in Dublin!

The Irish Football Association won a prestigious award on Monday 19th November in Dublin at the 2007 Metro Éireann Media and Multicultural Awards (MAMA) for its highly innovative Football For All Community Relations Programme and being the only football governing body involved in the setting up of the new UK and Ireland wide anti-racism and…

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Bulgarian FA address racism problems at national conference

Bulgarian FA address racism problems at national conference

For the first time the Bulgarian Football Union (BFU) hosted a national-level conference to discuss problems associated with racism and xenophobia in football. On 12 November the FA invited all 44 professional clubs, fan groups, representatives of ministries and NGOs as well as players and high profile athletes, including Stefka Kostadinowa, the world record holder…

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Racist abuse in Bratislava derby: 'We didn't show racism the red card, but showed it to ourself'

Racist abuse in Bratislava derby: 'We didn't show racism the red card, but showed it to ourself'

With President Ivan Gasparovic and chairman of the Slovak Football Association (SFZ) Frantisek Laurinec sitting in the stands, football fans at the derby match between Bratislava teams Slovan and Artmedia shouted racist abuse at Artmedia's black midfielder Karim Guede, reports Slovak daily Plus Jeden Den The Slovan fans made monkey noises every time Guede touched…

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Football Unites, agrees Pele

Football Unites, agrees Pele

The world's greatest ever footballer, Edson Arantes Do Nascimento, better known as Pele, has given his full support to FARE founder member Football Unites, Racism Divides during a visit to Sheffield United on 8th November. He joined FURD and Sheffield United staff at the Legends of the Lane museum to officially unveil the new exhibition…

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Sampdoria UC against racism on 2 December

Sampdoria UC against racism on 2 December

Due to bureaucratic delays, Sampdoria players were not given permission to enter the ground holding a banner against racism in a game scheduled during the Action Week. Nevertheless, UC Sampdoria and the group “Rude Boys & Girls” strongly believe in the significance of such an initiative in their stadium and have therefore decided to reschedule…

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Succesful first evening against homophobia in German Football

Succesful first evening against homophobia in German Football

Football is everything….Succesful first evening against homophobia in German Football October 12, 2007 Olympic Stadium, Berlin The invitation went out to Football governing bodies, pro clubs, officials and sport professionals. Only a handful of Football governing bodies and pro clubs showed up, which illustrates that raising awareness of the reoccurring problem of homophobia in Football…

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Events in Belgrade and Genoa to close FARE Action Week

Events in Belgrade and Genoa to close FARE Action Week

The 8th year of the FARE Action Week closes today with prominent action at league matches in Italy and Serbia, after almost two weeks of a series of high profile and grassroots events. Italian action In Italy players from UC Sampdoria and AC Milan will enter the pitch with a banner against racism. The project…

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Israel steps up campaign in second Week of Action

Israel steps up campaign in second Week of Action

This weekend Israel has participated in the FARE Action Week for the second time. Pre-match anti-racism ceremonies were due to be held at all six of Israel's Premier League matches. “We have been able to mobilize all NIF's Israeli stakeholders in the KIO Israel campaign – the Israel FA, Israel PFA and Israel Police –…

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Fight against racism takes centre stage at Champions League

Fight against racism takes centre stage at Champions League

UEFA's flagship club competition, the Champions League, provides a platform for the Action Week being staged by the Football Against Racism in Europe (FARE) network. Europe's top football stars will help to spread the message that racism and discrimination have no place in European football. All 32 teams taking part in the UEFA Champions League…

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Austrian and Swiss leagues unite against racism

Austrian and Swiss leagues unite against racism

Austria's T-Mobile Bundesliga and the Swiss Axpo Super League will take part in anti-racism activities organised by the Football Against Racism in Europe network (FARE) at the weekend. For EURO 2008 co-hosts Switzerland it is the first time they have been involved in the FARE week of action. Players and match officials will hold up…

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Pele to open exhibition of black football in Sheffield

Pele to open exhibition of black football in Sheffield

Staff and young people at FARE partner Football Unites, Racism Divides (FURD) have been thrilled by the news that one of the greatest footballers in the history of the game, Pele, is to officially unveil a showcase about black football at Sheffield United's Bramall Lane ground on 8th November. Pele will also open an exhibition…

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Start of the FARE Action week (17 – 30 October 2007)

Start of the FARE Action week (17 – 30 October 2007)

Several EURO qualifying matches are opening this year's FARE Action Week, which starts on the 17 October – a highlight in the fight against racism eight months before the kick-off of the UEFA EURO 2008(tm) in Austria and Switzerland. Action at EURO 2008 – Qualifiers At the match Bosnia-Herzegovina against Norway, players will present a…

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Ivory Coast and Austria united against racism

Ivory Coast and Austria united against racism

The eighth FARE Action Week against racism and discrimination kicks off in Austria with an anti-racism event at the international friendly between Austria and Ivory Coast on 17 October. The activities at the Tivoli Stadium in Innsbruck – one of the eight UEFA EURO 2008 venues – also mark the launch of the action programme…

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Preparations for European Action Week against racism in football underway

Preparations for European Action Week against racism in football underway

Football’s biggest campaign to rid the game of racism and related discriminations kicks off in one week’s time. For the eighth successive season, the Football Against Racism in Europe (FARE) network is co‑ordinating action against racism and discrimination in and around football stadiums across Europe. Between 17 and 30 October 2007 large sections of the…

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French voice on the FARE admin group

French voice on the FARE admin group

FARE decided, on September 15th in Vienna, to include LICRA into the admin group of the network. This decision was taken after five years of collaboration. Indeed, each year, LICRA (Ligue Internationale Contre le Racisme et l’Antisémitisme) is involved in FARE activities, including administrating the french part of the web site, coordinating the FARE action…

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Czech international fined for Nazi gesture

Czech international fined for Nazi gesture

The Czech football association has fined Pavel Horvath, Czech international midfielder for Sparta Prague for giving a Nazi salute during the game between Sparta and Viktoria Zizkov. The player is to pay about 7.000 Euro for repeatedly raising his right hand towards fans during the league game on Aug 25th, the gesture resembling the Nazi…

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Here we go!

Here we go!

UEFA Euro 2008TM fan hosting launch in Klagenfurt The heads of the fans embassies in all Austrian EURO 2008 host cities have been in office since 1 September. Their job is to organise and coordinate the setting up and running of the fans embassies, and thus make a significant contribution to the hosting of fans…

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Scotland Celebrates Diversity and Tackles Racism

Scotland Celebrates Diversity and Tackles Racism

FARE founding member Show Racism the Red Card will join once again the concerted action across Europe to free the game from racism and discrimination. The 4th annual Fortnight of Action in Scotland takes place from October 16 – 30, 2007. During this period all professional football clubs and all sections of Scotland’s communities will…

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Spartak Moscow fined for racist fans

Spartak Moscow fined for racist fans

As has been reported by various newspapers, Spartak Moscow have been fined 50,000 rubles (14,000 euros) by the Football Union of Russia. At a game on 11 August Spartak fans hung up a banner directed against Suarez Velliton, one of their own players. “Go home, you monkey”, was the message. According to media reports the…

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Racist incidents mar UEFA competitions

Racist incidents mar UEFA competitions

A number of racist incidents have occurred in UEFA competitions in recent weeks. An investigation has now been launched by UEFA's Control and Disciplinary Body. We have a policy of zero tolerance on racism, said UEFA director of communications William Gaillard. Nothing would be done until the UEFA delegation had submitted its report, however. Meanwhile…

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Scottish Government Minister launches Kick-Out Bigotry campaign website

Scottish Government Minister launches Kick-Out Bigotry campaign website

Minister for Communities and Sport Stewart Maxwell has launched the ‘Kick-Out Bigotry’ website , part of Scottish football’s united campaign against sectarianism – 'Kick-Out Bigotry'. The website features news, views and much more as the Kick-Out Bigotry campaign gathers momentum during the 2007-2008 football season. It also includes a Sectarian Incident Notification Form providing fans…

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Successful anti-racism action at Polish Woodstock

Successful anti-racism action at Polish Woodstock

Young people from Algeria, Kosovo, France, Germany, Moldova, Austria, England and Poland participated in anti-racist activities of the Polish 'NEVER AGAIN' Association during the annual Przystanek Woodstock rock festival on 2-4 August 2007. As part of the festival, which this year gathered 100,000 people, the Association organized the Antiracist Football Championship of Poland and a…

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Football unites Alps, Adriatic and Balkans

Football unites Alps, Adriatic and Balkans

International youth tournaments in Montenegro and Serbia, with finals in Bosnia & Herzegovina, 4-12 August 2007. The “Football Unites the Alps, Adriatic and Balkans” project launched its activities for the year with a regional tournament against Balkan nationalism in the Serbian town of Paracin on Saturday, 4 August. The tournament was won by the youth…

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Albania coach fined for homophobic remarks

Albania coach fined for homophobic remarks

For the first time in its history European football's governing body UEFA has penalised an official for making homophobic comments. Albania coach Otto Baric was handed a 3,000 Swiss franc fine by the UEFA Disciplinary Committee last week. In 2004, while still Croatia national coach, Baric said in an interview with the newspaper Jutarniy List…

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FURD volunteers singled out for praise by new British Prime Minister

FURD volunteers singled out for praise by new British Prime Minister

Two volunteers from Football Unites, Racism Divides are featured in a new book by British Prime Minister Gordon Brown. In his book, ‘Britain’s Everyday Heroes’, Gordon Brown tells the stories of 33 everyday heroes – ordinary people whose willing commitment to a cause or a community has informed and inspired him. A keen football enthusiast,…

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Keepers take stand against racism in Mexico

Keepers take stand against racism in Mexico

In April Mexican side CF Pachuca won a penalty shootout to lift the CONCACAF Champions Cup and qualify for the 2007 FIFA Club World Championship, which will take place in Japan in December. Goalkeeper and club captain Miguel Calero was a key factor in this success. The Columbia shot-stopper joined Pachuca in 2000 and has…

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UEFA Under 19 championship highlight anti-racism work

UEFA Under 19 championship highlight anti-racism work

The fight to rid football of racism is being given high-profile coverage at the UEFA European Under-19 Championship in Austria. From the opening games, spectators and the general public have understood the message that racism, intolerance and discrimination have no place in the game. Schools have also been key players in the campaign. Captains' messages…

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Mondiali 2007 kicks off!

Mondiali 2007 kicks off!

The Mondiali Antirazzisti 2007, or Anti-Racist World Cup, kicked off yesterday at a new venue in Casalecchio di Reno (Bologna). More than 8,000 people from over 50 countries will celebrate a great festival over the next few days. Mondiali Antirazzisti 2007 The Mondiali Antirazzisti is a non-commercial, international small-side football tournament against racism and discrimination…

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“More than playing Games” Conference @ Eurogames 2007

“More than playing Games” Conference @ Eurogames 2007

“More than playing Games” Conference FARE-Partner European Gay and Lesbian Sport Federation (EGLSF) invites this week to an international conference on Homophobia in Football in the build-up for the 11th Eurogames at Antwerp. The „…More than Playing Games“ – Conference in Antwerp, held in cooperation with the Belgian HolebiFederation, offers two workshops which give the…

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Racist incidents again during Slovan game

Racist incidents again during Slovan game

After the racist incidents at the UI-Cup Game at Differdange (FARE reported), there has also been trouble at Slovan's next round game away to Rapid Vienna. FARE observers witnessed small groups of fans doing the nazi salute and wearing neo-Nazi shirts both inside and outside the stadium, carrying the numbers 88 (code for “Heil Hitler”)….

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Racist chants by Slovan Bratislava fans in European competition

Racist chants by Slovan Bratislava fans in European competition

The first appearance of ŠK Slovan Bratislava on the European stage after winning promotion to the first division has been marred by acts of racism and neo-Nazism. At the UEFA Intertoto Cup match Slovan against FC Differdange 03 (0:2) played in Luxembourg on Saturday 23rd June a group of Slovan fans engaged in racist „monkey…

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Serbian fans and players face Under-21 racism probe

Serbian fans and players face Under-21 racism probe

UEFA are set to investigate the incidents of racist chanting that marred England's victory over Serbia in the European Under-21 Championships on Sunday 17th June. Manchester City's Nedum Onuoha was apparently racially abused by Serbia fans during the first half of the 2-0 win in Nijmegen. UEFA were forced to make an impromptu anti-racism announcment…

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Draw for EURO 2008 schools project takes place in Interlaken

Draw for EURO 2008 schools project takes place in Interlaken

With one year to go until the start of the 2008 European Championships in Austria and Switzerland, the EUROSCHOOLS 2008 schools project was launched as part of the “One Year to Go” festivities in Interlaken on June 7. The various Austrian states and the 26 cantons of Switzerland and Liechtenstein were each drawn a UEFA…

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United in the Balkans – 5th Vienna FairPlay Cup

United in the Balkans – 5th Vienna FairPlay Cup

In association with the Balkan Alpe Adria Project (BAAP) Austrian FARE partner FairPlay-vidc are organising a series of activities until the end of 2008 designed to overcome nationalism and racism in the Balkans. FairPlay-vidc are being supported in this by the Belgian King Baudouin Foundation as a part of Nike's Stand Up, Speak Up campaign…

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Hungarian Football challenges racism at first FARE Round Table

Hungarian Football challenges racism at first FARE Round Table

Hungary's most popular football club in, Ferencváros TC, hosted on Thursday (24 May) the first of a series of FARE Round Table discussions. Organised by national FARE partner Mahatma Gandhi Human Rights Organisation the meeting gathered representatives of professional clubs, the football association, human rights groups, Roma organisations, supporter clubs and ministries to exchange good…

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Paris conference reveals shortcomings in opening up football to ethnic minorities

Paris conference reveals shortcomings in opening up football to ethnic minorities

The FARE network conference, 'Football, Ethnic Minorities and Equality', held in Paris on 19th-20th May 2007 brought together over 100 representatives from NGOs, ethnic minority organisations, supporters groups, clubs and governing bodies including UEFA. Representatives of Brent Ladies Football Club in the UK raised FIFA's ban on wearing the the hijab whilst playing football with…

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FARE conference highlight issues facing ethnic minorities in football

FARE conference highlight issues facing ethnic minorities in football

The FARE network conference, 'Football, Ethnic Minorities and Equality', to be held in Paris on Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th May, will attract 150 representatives from NGOs, ethnic minority organisations, supporters groups, clubs and governing bodies including UEFA. Key issues to be discussed include the involvement of ethnic minorities and migrants as fans, the trafficking…

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FARE grassroots conference “Football, Diversity and Equality”

FARE grassroots conference “Football, Diversity and Equality”

The Football Against Racism in Europe (FARE) network announces details of a conference to bring together ethnic minorities involved in football in Paris this month. The FARE grassroots conference “Football, Diversity and Equality”, to be held in Paris on 19th and 20th May, has attracted 200 representatives from NGOs, ethnic minority organisations, supporters groups, clubs…

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“Mondiali Antirazzisti” open for registration

“Mondiali Antirazzisti” open for registration

Great success in registrations for this years “Mondiali Antirazzisti”! In three days over one hundred registrations were received, by teams filling in the form on the website to participate to the 11th edition of the “Mondiali”. The “Mondiali Anrazzisti” is to be held from 11th -15th July, at its new location in Casalecchio di Reno,…

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Let’s get fan instruments back into Italian stadiums!

Let’s get fan instruments back into Italian stadiums!

Sign up Progetto Ultrà’s online petition against the new regulations in Italian stadiums! www.petitiononline.com/sast07/petition.html Following the latest special law against football violence (law 41/2007), the Osservatorio sulle Manifestazione Sportive – the responsible body for security around Italian football and sports – applied a regulation prohibiting all banners, flags, drums and other fan-paraphernalia in stadiums. All…

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Public display of nazi propaganda at Slovak first division match.

Public display of nazi propaganda at Slovak first division match.

On Friday 20th April a group of supporters of SK Slovan Bratislava displayed a banner to celebrate the birthday of Adolf Hitler. The banner carried the words “Alles Gute Adi (“Happy birthday Adolf”) and a smiley face in a form of Adolf Hitler. The letter S in this sign was replaced by a sigurnia –…

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Working seminar on Racism in Football in Prague

Working seminar on Racism in Football in Prague

On the 25th & 26th of April the Multicultural Centre Prague is organising a two-day working seminar on “Racism in Football” in Prague, Czech Republic. The seminar called “Scene of the Crime” is held with the aim of exploring creative responses to racism in football as well as building networks and creating ties between football…

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Racist banner exhibited at Lithuania-France Euro 2008 qualifier

Racist banner exhibited at Lithuania-France Euro 2008 qualifier

During the match Lithuania-France (March 24th, qualifying match for Euro 2008), a racist banner was shown by Lithuanian supporters. It was opened out after the national anthems, and was directed against the French black players. It represented a map of Africa, painted with the French flag colors (blue, white and red), and the slogan was:…

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Ghanaian community celebrate at Austria friendly

Ghanaian community celebrate at Austria friendly

The first ever meeting between Austria and World Cup finalists Ghana in Graz (1-1) was flanked by numerous activities organised by the Ghanaian community in Austria. With their flags, drums and banners, more than 300 visiting fans staged a vibrant and impressive show of support for the Ghana team. Tickets and travel for refugee fans…

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FIFA/FARE call for projects to tackle racism in football

FIFA/FARE call for projects to tackle racism in football

FIFA and the FARE network are calling for projects that address the problem of discrimination in football and benefit ethnic minority communities in non-European countries. Knowledge criteria FIFA and FARE wish to identify organisations/associations/NGOs that can demonstrate: • A knowledge and understanding of the local situation and problems related to social exclusion and discrimination •…

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Interview with the lawyer Alain Makengo Kikandou, president of the Congolese organisation LISPED

Interview with the lawyer Alain Makengo Kikandou, president of the Congolese organisation LISPED

Mr Makengo, please tell us how your organisation LISPED (Ligue Sportive pour la Promotion et la defence des droits de l'Homme) came about. LISPED was formed in March 1999 following the celebrations to mark the 50th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights that took place at the University of Kinshasa from 18 November…

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Press release: Italian minister for sport paves way for social fan projects

Press release: Italian minister for sport paves way for social fan projects

Representatives of the Italian organisation Progetto Ultra, partners to FARE (Football Against Racism in Europe) and the FSI (Football Supporters International), met with the minister for youth and sport, Giovanna Melandri, on 9 February to discuss the relevance of social initiatives designed to tackle violence and racism in football. After twelve years of striving to…

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Sport Without Borders!

Sport Without Borders!

“Sport Without Borders” is a Greek non-governmental organisation created to promote the true ideals of sport and to fight against violence and racism. Founder Mike Belay says “Our aim is to report the phenomena of violence and racism, in every form, in football and sport in general. We defend individual freedoms, encourage respect of human…

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Nairobi 2007. 20,000 people in run for human dignity.

Nairobi 2007. 20,000 people in run for human dignity.

2007 January, the 25th. Twenty thousand people passed through Nairobi slums, starting from Korogocho (sadly known as “world dump”) and arriving in the Uhuru Park, crossing six shanty towns of Nairobi. A run for hope and for human dignity, a run symbolizing that sport can be a great tool against environmental and social degradation, giving…

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Julius Hirsch Prize 2006 goes to fan projects from Dortmund and Gelsenkirchen

Julius Hirsch Prize 2006 goes to fan projects from Dortmund and Gelsenkirchen

The German Football Association (DFB) has awarded the 2006 Julius Hirsch Prize to two fan projects from Dortmund and Gelsenkirchen. Joint winners of the 20,000 euro prize are the Fan-Projekt Dortmund and the Gelsenkirchen-based association dem ball is´ egal, wer ihn tritt. The decision was taken by a jury headed by former minister of the…

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Fears in Ukraine of neo-nazi group hijacking football fans agenda

Fears in Ukraine of neo-nazi group hijacking football fans agenda

The Ukrainian neo-nazi group UNTP (Ukrainian National Labour Party) has announced a so-called ‘Defend Our Football’ action on Sunday, 21st January in Kiev. They are planning a rally outside Dynamo Kiev´s stadium, and also amongst the initiators are several ukrainian hooligan firms. In a blatant attempt to increase their influence among football fans and involve…

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Social sport arrives in Nairobi: Uisp at Social Forum.

Social sport arrives in Nairobi: Uisp at Social Forum.

The sport will be in the Nairobi World Social Forum, since January the 20th up to January the 25th with two workshops and a 14 kilometres run insert in the official work closure program. The presentation of the events will hold in Rome, on January, the 17th in FSNI office, during the press conference of…

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Getafe fans in repeat racist abuse incident

Getafe fans in repeat racist abuse incident

A section of Getafe fans chanted racist abuse at Valencia's Portuguese fullback Miguel during their King's Cup last 16 first leg match on Wednesday 10th January. Match stopped The referee stopped the match in the second half and asked the club to put out an announcement in the stadium asking for fans to stop making…

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