Photos of Spurs fans suspected of homophobic Campbell chants released

Photos of Spurs fans suspected of homophobic Campbell chants released

Images have been released of 16 Tottenham fans police want to trace over indecent and homophobic chanting directed at Portsmouth's Sol Campbell. The investigation follows abuse aimed at the former Arsenal and England defender during a game with Spurs at Fratton Park on 28 September. Police are asking the public to help them trace the…

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Atletico ban reduced by court of arbitration

Atletico ban reduced by court of arbitration

The Court of Arbitration in Sport has partially eased the sanctions imposed on Atletico Madrid after the incidents that arose during their Champions League match against Marseille. Sitting in Lausanne, Switzerland, the Court confirmed that Atletico must play a match behind closed doors while reducing the club's fine. The Court agreed that Atletico Madrid “committed…

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Austria and Turkey combat racism

Austria and Turkey combat racism

The national teams of Austria and Turkey will show support for European football's anti-racism campaign at tonight's friendly match at the Ernst-Happel-Stadion in Vienna. Captains act Both teams and the match officials will show racism the red card in a ceremony before the match which aims to demonstrate that racism and intolerance have no place…

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Online the Mondiali Antirazzisti Blog

Online the Mondiali Antirazzisti Blog

As it was decided during the meeting in Casalecchio on Sunday 13 July, which closed the last edition of the Mondiali, we want to start a new phase, with changes and developments for 2009 being discussed together with the participants. This is the reason the blog finally online: http://blog.mondialiantirazzisti.org/?lang=en, where you can find a sort…

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Superleague Greece organised anti-racism weekend

Superleague Greece organised anti-racism weekend

All over Greece in 8 stadiums fans showed the RED card to Racism! Immigrant children wearing t-shirts with the slogan “Red Card to Racism” escorted players wearing FARE t shirts on to the pitch and raised the FARE banner. Announcements were made explaining the significance of FARE and the meaning of the RED card. All…

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Young Boys Berne to don black shirts against violence and racism

Young Boys Berne to don black shirts against violence and racism

Swiss football club Young Boys Berne (YB) and supporters club Gemeinsam gegen Rassismus [All together against racism] are joining forces to stage a follow-up to the 9th FARE Week of Action. The Super League game against FC Zurich at the Stade de Suisse in Berne on 2 November has been designated a FARE Day of…

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Football Unites wins Score4Africa award

Football Unites wins Score4Africa award

FARE partner Football Unites, Racism Divides (FURD) has beaten off competition from Rio Ferdinand to scoop a top honour at a prestigious ceremony. Football Unites clinched the Diversity award at the first ever SCORE4Africa Awards run by the development agency AFFORD (African Foundation for Development). FURD co-ordinator Howard Holmes and football development worker Desbon Bushiri…

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FARE Action Week reaches peak this weekend

FARE Action Week reaches peak this weekend

Over the weekend the European Action Week of the Football against Racism in Europe (FARE) network will hit the highest point with a series of high-profile and grassroots events involving fan groups, players, clubs, NGOs and ethnic minority organisations. The 9th edition of the FARE Action Week running from 16 to 28 October is engaging…

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FARE calls for letters of support for Santos Mirasierra

FARE calls for letters of support for Santos Mirasierra

FARE is adding its voice to the campaign to release fellow anti-racist activist Santos Mirasierra from a Madrid prison. The letter of support below can be used as a template by other groups or individuals wishing to protest against his wrongful imprisonment. Letter of support for Mr. Santos Mirasierra Velardo: With this letter we –…

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Paul Elliott on Football's Final Taboo

Paul Elliott on Football's Final Taboo

Former Chelsea and Celtic defender Paul Elliott said that he has known 12 top players who are gay. Elliott, 44, revealed that they are reluctant to come out because they fear negative reactions. The ex-central defender, who now advises the Equality and Human Rights Commission in the UK, was speaking at 'Homophobia – Football's Final…

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Champions League gets behind the fight against racism

Champions League gets behind the fight against racism

Hundreds of football clubs, fan groups, leagues and minority organisations across Europe came together at the weekend (18-19 October) to take a stand against discrimination, as the annual FARE Week of Action kicked off. This week, UEFA will use its premier club competition, the Champions League to spread a joint message with FARE urging fans…

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European Action Week against Racism in Football takes off

European Action Week against Racism in Football takes off

The next 13 days will see European football stand united against racism and discrimination, with the launch of the Football Against Racism in Europe (FARE) Action Week. The initiative, coordinated by the European network and supported by UEFA will feature nearly one thousand initiatives by campaigners, fans, clubs, national associations and ethnic minority groups across…

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Campaigners welcome UEFA decision on Atletico racism

Campaigners welcome UEFA decision on Atletico racism

European campaigners today welcomed the decision of UEFA to impose a fine and ban on Atletico Madrid for racism as a “momentous” decision, and called for renewed efforts to tackle all forms of discrimination. Campaigners from FARE and players have spoken about the impact that today's decision will have in helping to tackle racism as…

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Biggest-ever European Action Week against Racism in Football kicks off!

Biggest-ever European Action Week against Racism in Football kicks off!

Europe’s largest anti-racism campaign in sport kicks off on Thursday, 16th October. For the 9th successive season the Football Against Racism in Europe (FARE) network is calling on all stakeholders across European football to make a joint stand for equality and against racism and discrimination. This year the FARE Action Week will see an unprecedented…

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Sol Campbell: Portsmouth report racist and homophobic abuse to FA

Sol Campbell: Portsmouth report racist and homophobic abuse to FA

English Premier League club Portsmouth intend to make an official complaint to the Football Association over insults aimed at Sol Campbell by Spurs fans at Fratton Park last Sunday, whilst Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has urged authorities to act. Campbell, who chose to leave Tottenham on a free transfer to rivals Arsenal in 2001, was…

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FIFA Croatia fine highlights inconsistencies

FIFA Croatia fine highlights inconsistencies

The Croatian Football Federation has been fined £14,920 for the racist behaviour of some of their supporters in the World Cup qualifier against England earlier this month. England striker Emile Heskey was subjected to monkey chants from a small section of the crowd at the Maksimir Stadium in Zagreb after being booked during the 4-1…

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Marseille to lodge complaint over claims of racist abuse in Madrid

Marseille to lodge complaint over claims of racist abuse in Madrid

Marseille are set to file a complaint to UEFA regarding the treatment of their fans and alleged racism during their Champions League match with Atletico Madrid on Wednesday. Marseille president Pape Diouf admits he was left with a bitter taste following the incidents at Atletico's Vicente Calderon stadium, and believes European football's governing body needs…

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Euroschools Youth Camps kicked off in Austria

Euroschools Youth Camps kicked off in Austria

This week 400 football passionate teenagers from 53 European countries come together in the Alps to take part in the EUROSCHOOLS YOUTH CAMP 2008. After one year of taking over the ambassador role for 26 member countries of the UEFA nations, 26 Austrian schools have welcomed on Monday delegations from the UEFA nations at the…

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Danish Neo-nazi Hooligans sentenced

Danish Neo-nazi Hooligans sentenced

The Police and courts in the danish city of Aarhus have struck against the extreme right wing hooligan organisation Ultra White Pride. Ultra White Pride has been terrorizing Aarhus for 15 years and in the spring they celebrated the birthday of Adolf Hitler at a football game at Aarhus Stadium. But now it seems that…

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Botev Plovdiv docked three points due to racist chants

Botev Plovdiv docked three points due to racist chants

Bulgarian club Botev Plovdiv have been docked three points by the Bulgarian Football Union (BFU) after fans carried a racist banner during their league match against Levski Sofia last month, the BFU said. It is the first time that a Bulgarian soccer club has been stripped of points for racism. Botev were also fined 37,500…

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English FA wants probe into Heskey abuse during WC Qualifier

English FA wants probe into Heskey abuse during WC Qualifier

The FA has submitted a report to FIFA urging the game's ruling body to investigate the racist chanting directed at the England striker Emile Heskey by Croatian fans during Wednesday's win in Zagreb. Home fans behind Croatian goalkeeper Stipe Pletikosa's goal made monkey chants after Heskey was booked for a foul on Nico Kovac, whose…

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Television spot brings home anti-racism message

Television spot brings home anti-racism message

UEFA, the European Commission and the Football Against Racism in Europe network have launched an anti-racism television spot to spearhead the ongoing campaign to kick racism and discrimination out of football. Key message The 30-second film will spread the No to Racism message to more than 140 million TV viewers worldwide when it is broadcast…

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Fan Friendly scheduled ahead of Montenegro World Cup Qualifier

Fan Friendly scheduled ahead of Montenegro World Cup Qualifier

The Football Association of Ireland and the Football Association of Montenegro in cooperation with FIFA and Football Against Racism in Europe and the Balkan Alpe Adria Project will, during the forthcoming FIFA World Cup qualifying match between Montenegro and the Republic of Ireland on the 10th of September, host a “Fan Friendly” tournament as part…

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Sophina breaks new ground in DR Congo

Sophina breaks new ground in DR Congo

Football Unites coach Desbon Bushiri has returned to the Democratic Republic of Congo to help the Football Between Communities project that he established there last year to organise a big Unity Festival, bringing displaced young people and communities together. The DR Congo and surrounding counties have suffered civil war, tribal and ethnic conflict and more…

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FARE Action Week against Racism and Discrimination in European Football takes place from 16th to 28th October 2008

FARE Action Week against Racism and Discrimination in European Football takes place from 16th to 28th October 2008

Ignoring racism, is accepting racism – take your stand and join the FARE Action Week! Discrimination and racism is sadly a regular occurrence in European football and is all too often swept under the carpet. Therefore, for the 9th successive season the Football Against Racism in Europe (FARE) network is coordinating action in and around…

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United against Racism in the Balkans

United against Racism in the Balkans

Youth camp with teams from Serbia, Bosnia and Montenegro plus youth tournaments in Kragujevac (Serbia) and Cetinje (Montenegro) Following the successful initiation of a campaign against nationalism in the Balkans in 2006 and 2007 by the Balkans Alps Adriatic Project (BAAP) in association with FARE, the activities are set to continue in August 2008 with…

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Honved fans display neo-Nazi symbols in UEFA Intertoto Cup

Honved fans display neo-Nazi symbols in UEFA Intertoto Cup

Austrian and Hungarian clubs SK Sturm Graz and Budapest Honvéd FC joined forces at their UEFA Intertoto Cup third round first-leg match last Saturday (19 July) and made a stand against racism and discrimination. Despite the efforts of the clubs to raise anti-racism awareness, Honved supporters displayed several neo-Nazi symbols and performed Nazi salutes at…

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Red card for Austrian Euro 2008 ref

Red card for Austrian Euro 2008 ref

Speaking about his taste in music on Austrian radio last Sunday morning, Konrad Plautz, said he liked traditional music, “but not techno or hard rock, you know, N****-Musik [pej.: negro music]. The racist remark was reported by all the major Austrian dailies and Internet news sites. In an initial response Gerhard Kapl, vice-president of the…

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Sturm Graz and Honved unite against racism in Intertoto Cup

Sturm Graz and Honved unite against racism in Intertoto Cup

Sturm Graz and Honved will make an active stand against racism and discrimination when they meet in the UEFA Intertoto Cup at the UPC Arena in Graz on Saturday (kick-off: 1800 CET). As at Euro 2008, the team captains will wear armbands bearing the message Unite Against Racism. On entering the stadium spectators will be…

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Mondiali Antirazzisti: the winners are the ladies

Mondiali Antirazzisti: the winners are the ladies

The Mondiali Antirazzisti have been upsetted by the news of the unconfirmed rape that might have been taken place during the night between friday and saturday in the surroundings of the event area. Even if the organisation of the Mondiali do not recognise – as, on the contrary, some media have stated – any link…

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Mondiali Antirazzisti: the winners are the ladies

Mondiali Antirazzisti: the winners are the ladies

The Mondiali Antirazzisti have been upsetted by the news of the unconfirmed rape that might have been taken place during the night between friday and saturday in the surroundings of the event area. Even if the organisation of the Mondiali do not recognise – as, on the contrary, some media have stated – any link…

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Mondiali Antirazzisti 2008 starts today

Mondiali Antirazzisti 2008 starts today

Huge numbers gather at Mondiali to send anti-racist message across Europe More than 6000 people from 50 countries will be joining one of the largest football festivals in Europe this weekend in a stand against racism and discrimination. Over 200 teams will be taking part in the Mondiali Antirazzisti 2008 as it kicks off today…

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Grasshoppers and Partizan Belgrade unite against racism

Grasshoppers and Partizan Belgrade unite against racism

The friendly game on 16 July 2008 (kick-off: 18.30 CET) at the home of FC Solothurn has a dominant anti-racism theme. Following the activities organised by UEFA and the Football Against Racism in Europe (FARE) network during Euro 2008, the friendly is FC Solothurn's contribution to the European Unite Against Racism campaign. “There's no place…

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Fans kick off a European football fans’ network – 1st European Football Fans’ Congress proved a great success

Fans kick off a European football fans’ network – 1st European Football Fans’ Congress proved a great success

Football fans from 28 countries, from Norway to Israel, Ukraine to Portugal, have launched a European Football Fans’ Network, to be known as Football Supporters International (FSI). More than 250 fans, representing over a million supporters, registered for the inaugural European Football Fans’ Congress, which was held at the Emirates Stadium in London last weekend…

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Anti-Racist World Cup 2008: introductory press conference

Anti-Racist World Cup 2008: introductory press conference

The introductory press conference for the 2008 UISP [Italian Sport for All Union] Anti-Racist World Cup took place at the Sesto Senso club in Bologna. Like last year the event itself will be held in Salvador Allende di Casalecchio Park in Reno, Bologna province from 9 to 13 July. Among those present were Carlo Balestri,…

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FARE welcomes UEFA decision to sanction Croatia

FARE welcomes UEFA decision to sanction Croatia

The Football Against Racism (FARE) network has welcomed the swift action taken by UEFA to deal with the racial abuse and banners displayed by Croatian supporters during UEFA EURO 2008™. Croatia's football federation has been fined 20,000 Swiss Franc (12,468 €) over the racist behavior of some of the team's fans during the Tournament game…

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Euro 2008: FARE Streetkick in Vienna comes to an end

Euro 2008: FARE Streetkick in Vienna comes to an end

In Vienna the FARE Streetkick tour offered potential stars of the future, ethnic minority youth and fans a chance to show off their skills from 20 to 26 June. Among the highlights were the tournaments staged by the Vienna Mini School Kids League on 23 and 24 June and the National African Football Academy (NAFA)…

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EURO 2008: Observers record racism and homophobia but welcome greater vigilance

EURO 2008: Observers record racism and homophobia but welcome greater vigilance

The Football Against Racism in Europe (FARE) network today presents a report into incidents of racism and discrimination at UEFA EURO 2008™. The network reports that overall the tournament has passed with isolated incidents given the numbers of supporters attending, but notes “a number of issues that are a cause for concern”. FARE has had…

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Anti-Racism campaign peaks at Basle semi-final

Anti-Racism campaign peaks at Basle semi-final

The first semi-final encounter at St. Jakob-Park in Basle on 25th June represented a highlight of the joint FARE and UEFA Unite Against Racism campaign at UEFA EURO 2008. The team captains of Germany and Turkey addressed the 40.000 fans in the stadium and many more millions of TV viewers around the globe with a…

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LICRA – FURD collaboration in Geneva during Euro 2008

LICRA – FURD collaboration in Geneva during Euro 2008

June 7 2008: LICRA takes part in the FARE opening ceremony in Basel, Switzerland. At this event, a number of professional players from past and present, football fans and various non-government organisations emphasised how football can play an important and necessary role in the fight against racism. FURD (Football Unites, Racism Divides) and LICRA (International…

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EURO 2008: Captains to lead message of equality at semi-finals

EURO 2008: Captains to lead message of equality at semi-finals

The activities of the Unite Against Racism campaign in Austria and Switzerland take centre stage this week as the team captains of the UEFA Euro 2008 semi-finalists will deliver a message against racism and for diversity directly from the pitch. Michael Ballack of Germany and Recber Rüstü of Turkey as well as Iker Casillas of…

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Sport and Social Inclusion Symposium in Berne

Sport and Social Inclusion Symposium in Berne

Following the last EURO 2008 match at the Stade de Suisse between Romania and the Netherlands, a symposium at the Paul Klee Centre in Berne looked at the potential of sport for social inclusion. Academics, policy–makers, athletes, professionals and young people, mainly from Switzerland and the UK, came together to share knowledge on the power…

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EURO 2008: Anti-racist film turns half time heads at UEFA EURO 2008™

EURO 2008: Anti-racist film turns half time heads at UEFA EURO 2008™

Take one American film director, a German film company and European actors from across the continent. Throw in one of the world’s biggest sporting events for good measure and the result is a piece of film that encapsulates just how football, and UEFA EURO 2008™, can be a force for good. ‘Different Languages – One…

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Media reports on racism and FARE

Media reports on racism and FARE

Regrettably, media reporting of racism and xenophobia often remains superficial and lacking in nuance; it would appear there is not enough time and space to explain complex realities. This week CNN International has demonstrated that it doesn't have to be that way by focusing on racism and homophobia in sport in a series of reports….

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EURO 2008: LISA lay down marker for internationalism – FARE Streetkick in Innsbruck

EURO 2008: LISA lay down marker for internationalism – FARE Streetkick in Innsbruck

One day after the mass turnout for the Spain versus Sweden match on 14 June, the Innsbruck football family showed another side of the game when the League for Integration, Sport and Anti-racism (LISA) staged the third day of a small, yet impressive integration tournament – the LISA Euro 2008 – at the Hofgarten (Fennerareal),…

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EURO 2008: Turkish fans provoked in several Swiss cities

EURO 2008: Turkish fans provoked in several Swiss cities

Travelling Turkey supporters and local migrant youth joined together in the centre of Basel to celebrate their team's narrow 2-1 victory over hosts Switzerland on Wednesday evening. Whereas things remained calm and peaceful for the most part in and around the St. Jakob-Park after the host nation's exit from the tournament, fighting broke out between…

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EURO 2008: Streetkick returns to unite fans at Euros

EURO 2008: Streetkick returns to unite fans at Euros

The UEFA EURO 2008 bring together some of the finest footballing talent on earth. But it wont just be the likes of Ronaldo and Torres wowing the crowds. Thanks to Streetkick fans from all over Europe can show off their own ball-skills too. Streetkick, an inflatable, portable street football game is touring Switzerland and Austria…

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EURO 2008: Croatia manager Bilic plays ultra-nationalist rock band to players after victory

EURO 2008: Croatia manager Bilic plays ultra-nationalist rock band to players after victory

Slaven Bilic played the music of an ultra-nationalist Croatian rock band to his players in the team dressing room after their 1-0 victory over Austria. “Our players were not entirely satisfied,” said Bilic “so I turned on the CD player and told them to sing because after all we won.” Bilic, who himself plays in…

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EURO 2008: Euro stars speak at anti-racism reception

EURO 2008: Euro stars speak at anti-racism reception

In Basel representatives of UEFA and FARE – Football Against Racism in Europe came together with administrators, former footballers and non-governmental organisations to signal the beginning of a three-week anti-discrimination programme at UEFA EURO 2008™. They pledged their overwhelming support to the Unite Against Racism campaign during a reception organised by FARE and supported by…

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EURO 2008: 157 arrests after violence and racist chanting in Austria

EURO 2008: 157 arrests after violence and racist chanting in Austria

Police arrested 157 people after violence flared before, during, and after Germany's Euro 2008 victory against Poland on Sunday, Uefa have confirmed. Supporters clashed in the Austrian city of Klagenfurt although Uefa played down reports of injuries. A spokesman for Uefa said: “Klagenfurt reported 157 arrests during the match, mainly Germany supporters who were arrested…

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EURO 2008: Fans’ Embassies: supporting football fans at the UEFA EURO 2008TM

EURO 2008: Fans’ Embassies: supporting football fans at the UEFA EURO 2008TM

With the UEFA EURO 2008TM about to kick off on Saturday, Fans’ Embassies staff are already welcoming the first fans arriving in the host cities and are looking forward to provide support and information services to the thousands more who are planning to travel to Austria and Switzerland from all over Europe. The Fan Embassies…

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EURO 2008: FARE lunch reception, Saturday, 7 june, at the Hilton Hotel Basel

EURO 2008: FARE lunch reception, Saturday, 7 june,  at the Hilton Hotel Basel

UEFA EURO 2008™ Anti-Racism Campaign to be kicked-off on opening day in Basel On the opening day of the UEFA EURO 2008TM the joint campaign „Unite Against Racism“ of the European network FARE – Football Against Racism in Europe and UEFA will be launched at the Hilton Hotel Basel. Representatives of the media are cordially…

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Win EURO Match Tickets and help landmine victims in Afghanistan to walk again!

Win EURO Match Tickets and help landmine victims in Afghanistan to walk again!

UEFA EURO 2008TM will be a football festival; with your help it can also be a giving festival! The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), the official UEFA charity partner, has launched the website www.scorefortheredcross.org. Log on and score goals for your favourite team, supporting the Red Cross at the same time. The teams…

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European Football Fans’ Congress to be launched at the Emirates Stadium

European Football Fans’ Congress to be launched at the Emirates Stadium

Football supporters from across Europe will come together following Euro 08 for the first ever European Football Fans’ Congress at Arsenal’s Emirates Stadium in London on July 6th 2008. Final preparations are being made by the Football Supporters International (FSI) network for the Congress, with over 250 football supporters from 27 countries having registered to…

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Action of a FARE partner at the Maracanã in Rio de Janeiro

Action of a FARE partner at the Maracanã in Rio de Janeiro

The team of the “Dialogues against Racism” initiative, the Brazilian FARE partner, recently mounted an initiative to tackle racism at the Maracanã stadium in Rio de Janeiro. On the pitch were played the semi-finals of the Rio de Janeiro championship between Fluminense and Vasco plus Flamengo versus Botafogo. The fans of all teams received the…

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Antiracist Tournament in Bosnia

Antiracist Tournament in Bosnia

The 31st May and the 1st June 2008, the association Luxembourg Against Racism will organise a friendly football tournament in Stolac, a small town of Herzegovina (BiH), to encourage the mixing of the communities in a country which experienced the most violent ethnic-religious based conflict of the last 50 years in Europe. The Association Luxembourg…

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Austria and Nigeria unite against racism

Austria and Nigeria unite against racism

With just a few weeks to go until UEFA EURO 2008TM the Austrian Football Association (ÖFB) are teaming up with FARE partner FairPlay to put down another marker for intercultural dialogue and against discrimination in football by sending out an anti-racism message at the international friendly between Austria and Nigeria at the UPC Arena in…

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FARE Euro activities to be launched at Basel reception

FARE Euro activities to be launched at Basel reception

UEFA EURO 2008TM is nearly upon us and we’re almost ready for kick-off as the FARE network looks forward to a tournament where messages against racism, discrimination and for more respect, and activities to engage fans, will be prominent. The initiative at the UEFA European Championships this summer will be headlined Unite Against Racism. The…

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Mediterraneo Antirazzista

Mediterraneo Antirazzista

From 19th to 22nd June,Palermo will host the first edition of the “Mediterraneo Antirazzista” tournament. Through a series of friendly matches, this football tournament for children and young people aims to stand as a symbol against discrimination of any kind. The founding concept for such a tournament, which is organised by various associations, is rooted…

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“Racism in Spanish football comes straight from the stands”

“Racism in Spanish football comes straight from the stands”

Interview with Atletico Madrid’s assistant manager Nacho Ambriz Nacho Ambriz who operates at Atletico Madrid as Javier Aguirre’s ‘Man Friday’ and confidante had a successful season in the Primera Division. His team finished only 3 points behind FC Barcelona and qualified for the UEFA Cup. Ambriz, who represented his native country Mexico as a player…

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Football against nationalism, racism and discrimination

Football against nationalism, racism and discrimination

Intercultural youth tournament in Vienna, 10-12 May 2008 Overcoming nationalism and prejudice and showing racism the red card were the aims of an intercultural youth tournament that took place in Vienna's Prater Park from 10 to 12 May. The tournament was organised on the occasion of the 6th Vienna Fair Play Cup by FARE partner…

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Shock as Advocaat claims that fans have veto over signing of black players

Shock as Advocaat claims that fans have veto over signing of black players

Campaigners are calling for clarification from UEFA Cup finalists FC Zenit St Peterburg of their stance against racism. The club's official website states: FC Zenit is very serious about fans, who are disrespectful towards sportsmen and opponents from other nationalities and religions. The club is true to the thought that there is no place for…

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EURO tickets spread anti-racism message

EURO tickets spread anti-racism message

The 1.05 million tickets available for UEFA EURO 2008™ are about to be printed and dispatched from Vienna in the next four weeks, and will incorporate the Unite Against Racism message. Strong statement The branded tickets form part of a coordinated strategy to send out a strong statement against racism and discrimination at this summer's…

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Fans and players fight back as racists commemorate Hitler at games

Fans and players fight back as racists commemorate Hitler at games

Last year Slovan Bratislava fans displayed a huge banner with the words 'Alles Gute Adi' and a smiley-head face of Adolf Hitler to honour the birthday of Hitler on 20 April. This year, FARE has received reports about three cases of this kind of Neo-Nazi folklore. In Austria, during the league game on 20th April,…

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From Sharrow to Soweto gig launches DR Congo project appeal fund

From Sharrow to Soweto gig launches DR Congo project appeal fund

FARE partner Football Unites Racism Divides has launched an appeal to develop the Football Between Communities project working with orphaned children in the Democratic Republic of Congo. This exciting African venture was the beneficiary at 'From Sharrow to Soweto', a night of music and entertainment which took place at Sheffield United’s Tunnel Bar on 4th…

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Vivicittà Uisp: For the first time in Kinshasa – Democratic Republic of Congo

Vivicittà Uisp: For the first time in Kinshasa – Democratic Republic of Congo

The Vivicittà – the major marathon organised byUisp (Unione Italiana Sportpertutti), which is staged simultaneously each year in numerous cities across Italy and around the world – took place for the twenty-fifth time on Sunday 6th April. The fact that this time the Vivicittà reached Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo, is…

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‘Legia' and ‘Widzew’ kick racism out of stadiums

‘Legia' and ‘Widzew’ kick racism out of stadiums

Two leading football clubs in Poland, Legia Warsaw and Widzew Lodz, joined the celebration of the International Day Against Racism, 21 March. On Saturday, 22 March, the players of both these teams entered the field wearing t-shirts with a sign ‘Let’s kick racism out of stadiums’. After the game the t-shirts signed by the players…

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Marseille players accuse St Petersburg of racist behaviour

Marseille players accuse St Petersburg of racist behaviour

When Olympique Marseille guested at Zenit St Petersburg in the UEFA Cup on 12 March, three of their black players – Charles Kaboré, André Ayew and Ronald Zubar – were subjected to racist abuse by Zenit fans as they made their way to the touchline to warm up. “A banana was thrown at us and…

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Valenciennes captain, Abdeslam Ouaddou, in fans racism row

Valenciennes captain, Abdeslam Ouaddou, in fans racism row

Valenciennes captain Abdeslam Ouaddou has filed a legal complaint after being racially abused by a spectator during the 2-1 Ligue 1 defeat at Metz. “The police officers asked me to file a complaint so that this person could be punished and maybe banned from the stadium,” Ouaddou said Saturday night after the game, which Metz…

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No News is Good News!

No News is Good News!

After many months of backroom activity, the long-awaited revamped FARE website will be launched shortly. The new site will include many new features, and make it easier to contribute news items direct. Unfortunately the changeover from the existing site will mean a short period when it will not be possible to add news items, although…

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Update on FARE at the Africa Cup of Nations in Ghana

Update on FARE at the Africa Cup of Nations in Ghana

Accra, 1 February 2008 A 4-day Football for Peace and Development & Games Festival was held at the SOS Children's Village in Tema to coincide with the 26th Africa Cup of Nations in Ghana. During the festival, FARE has been running a stand to interact with children on the power of football to unite people…

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New UK/Ireland initiative 'Football Without Frontiers'

New UK/Ireland initiative 'Football Without Frontiers'

International legends Bryan Hamilton, Ian Rush, Craig Brown, Brian Kerr and Graham Taylor will be in Belfast next month for the Football Without Frontiers – “Community Champions” conference, sponsored by Belfast City Council, being held at Grosvenor House on Friday 7th March. In June 2007 FWF was launched at Parliament Buildings in Belfast. FWF is…

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FARE at the Africa Cup of Nations

FARE at the Africa Cup of Nations

FARE members are involved in a number of activities at the Africa Cup of Nations in Ghana. One highlight was a football festival from 30 January to 2 February, where FARE organised a stall to engage with local kids and children at the SOS Children’s Village in Tema, near Accra. In Tema FARE also displayed…

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Platini sets out the values of sport

Platini sets out the values of sport

UEFA President Michel Platini has made an impassioned plea for the safeguarding of what he says are the values and specificity of football and sport. Negative influences In an address to the Council of Europe, Mr Platini expressed his concern that football's fundamental social and cultural values were coming under pressure from negative influences. He…

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UEFA president Michel Platini calls for ban of up to two years for racist players

UEFA president Michel Platini calls for ban of up to two years for racist players

Amid preparations to mark the end of his first year as UEFA president, Michel Platini, in an interview with AFP, returned to the implementation of his programme. The former France and Juventus playmaker was particularly keen to emphasise his commitment to fighting racism and violence in football. “In the struggle against violence in football we…

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