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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