CAFE joins the FARE network

CAFE joins the FARE network

CAFE – the Centre for Access to Football in Europe participated to represent disabled supporters at the FARE conference “Football for Equality” in Vienna in December. Equality and improving access for disabled people affects society at many levels, and so CAFE has been formed to improve access for disabled fans, to raise disability awareness through…

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Full-time FARE co-ordinator sought

Full-time FARE co-ordinator sought

FARE was established a decade ago as a European network to campaign against all forms of discrimination in the sport. It has been very successful in raising awareness at all levels of the game and its work has expanded to extend across nearly 40 countries. FARE is currently reforming its governance arrangements so that they…

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FARE network prepares itself in Vienna for future challenges

FARE network prepares itself in Vienna for future challenges

One decade after the foundation of the Football Against Racism in Europe (FARE) network in Vienna, more than 100 campaigners, fans, football administrators, players, policy makers and experts from 28 European countries came together once again in Austria’s capital to devise the future of the network. Over the weekend the “Football for Equality” networking conference,…

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A new age for sport in the Republic of Macedonia

A new age for sport in the Republic of Macedonia

FARE partner MCCD (Macedonian Centre for Culture and Development) reports a new era for sport in the Republic of Macedonia with the foundation of the Council for the Social Dimension of Sport without Violence, Nationalism and Racism, the intercessory body in the framework of MCCD, formed with support of the National Agency for Youth and…

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FARE network celebrates 10 years

FARE network celebrates 10 years

The Football Against Racism in Europe (FARE) network celebrates 10 years of campaigning this weekend as over 100 fans, activists and NGO’s come together at the Franz-Horr-Stadium in Vienna, home of FK Austria. The two day conference, on 13 and 14 December, will mark some of the network’s key achievements since its formation in Vienna…

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Fans of FK Senica and DAC Dunajská Streda show how to beat nationalism

Fans of FK Senica and DAC Dunajská Streda show how to beat nationalism

FARE Slovakian partner Ludia proti rasizmu report an unusual and inspiring moment among fans of different ethnic backgrounds. Among the five-million population of Slovakia lives a hungarian minority with around 0,5 million people. Nationalism is unfortunately present also on football matches when DAC Dunajska Streda (the club from the area where the hungarian community lives)…

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The ‘refoundation’ of FARE

The ‘refoundation’ of FARE

Ten years on from the establishment of FARE in Vienna, the network has many achievements to its credit. We have tackled racism and other forms of intolerance in the stadiums and changed attitudes in the boardrooms of the sport’s governing bodies. At the grassroots its annual Action Week has supported a plethora of activities, while…

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FURD remembers Ahmed

FURD remembers Ahmed

FARE partner Football Unites, Racism Divides held a special tournament in memory of FURD Positive Futures player, 18 year-old Ahmed Hassan, who tragically lost his life in a road accident in July. The FURD team were returning from participating in the Mondiali Antirazzisti near Bologna, and many other teams that took part have sent condolescence…

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Keeper in Denmark gets sacked for homophobia

Keeper in Denmark gets sacked for homophobia

The Danish first division club FC Midtjylland (FCM) have sacked their keeper Arek Onyszko, according to a club press release. The action comes after homophobic remarks in a new book from the keeper called “Fucking Polish”. In the book the keeper states: I hate gays. I really do. I think it is fucking disgusting. It…

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10th FARE Action Week draws to a close but initiatives continue

10th FARE Action Week draws to a close but initiatives continue

The FARE Action Week came to an end on Tuesday 27th October but, as in previous seasons, some follow-up activities will take place this weekend. Swiss clubs Young Boys Berne + St. Gallen to play in anti-racism jerseys Young Boys Berne from Switzerland is one of the clubs that have regularly no home match during…

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Declaration against racism in sport signed in Warsaw

Declaration against racism in sport signed in Warsaw

A large high-profile conference against racism in sports coorganized by FARE's Polish partner together with several key ministries and the Polish Olympic Committee took place on 19 October. Jacek Purski gave the keynote speech as a representative of the NEVER AGAIN Association and FARE. He led the 15-strong group of NEVER AGAIN participants on the…

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Nazi attack on Red Star Leipzig

Nazi attack on Red Star Leipzig

A violent, pre-meditated attack by neo-Nazis and hooligans upon players, club officials and fans of Red Star Leipzig has shocked German football. At the game between FSV Brandis and Red Star Leipzig on 24th October a violent attack took place by approximately 50 neo-Nazis upon the Red Star contingent. Discussions prior to the match between…

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FARE Action Week sees continent join together

FARE Action Week sees continent join together

The FARE Action Week has seen activities take place across the continent, from Tuesday until Thursday all clubs involved in the group phases of the UEFA Champions League and the UEFA Europa League joined the ‘Unite Against Racism’ campaign and the forthcoming weekend promises a lot more. Lord Herman Ouseley, Chairperson of Kick It Out,…

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Cardiff pull back from racism complaint

Cardiff pull back from racism complaint

Cardiff City have pulled back from making a complaint to the FA after Cardiff striker Michael Chopra claimed he had suffered racial abuse during their ill-tempered draw. Earlier Cardiff manager Dave Jones had claimed “Something’s been said, something which we’re trying to stamp out. We’ll see if the authorities deal with it”. Chopra, who is…

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Promoting intercultural dialogue: the role of sport and education in the Balkan region

Promoting intercultural dialogue: the role of sport and education in the Balkan region

Council of Europe’s Enlarged Partial Agreement on Sport (EPAS) in co-operation with the Vienna Institute for International Dialogue and Cooperation (vidc) and the FARE network have organised a regional seminar on “Promoting intercultural dialogue: the role of sport and education in the Balkan region”. The seminar will take place in Belgrade (Republic of Serbia) on…

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European top-leagues get involved in FARE Action Week

European top-leagues get involved in FARE Action Week

Michel Platini reaffirms “UEFA is unshakable in its commitment to fight any discrimination” This week sees a new round of UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League matches across Europe – and the fight against racism will be the focal point at stadiums throughout the continent, as UEFA gives its full support to Europe’s biggest…

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German FA takes stand against homophobia

German FA takes stand against homophobia

The German Football Association (DFB) has placed today's international between Germany and Finland in Hamburg under the motto “No to homophobia in football” as the German National Team Fan Club (NTFC) steps up its efforts against discrimination in football. Before the game the NTFC will be staging a round table discussion with DFB president Dr…

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European Football to stand united as 10th Action Week kicks-off

European Football to stand united as 10th Action Week kicks-off

Europe’s biggest anti-racism campaign kicks-off tomorrow (October 15th). The next two weeks will witness Europe’s football community stand united against discrimination and celebrate the diversity of cultures in football. The 10th FARE Action Week (15 – 27 October), organised by the Football Against Racism in Europe (FARE) network and supported by UEFA, features 1000 initiatives…

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LICRA Press Release – Launch of the 10th FARE Action Week

LICRA Press Release – Launch of the 10th FARE Action Week

The network of FARE (Football Against Racism in Europe) organisations this year celebrates the 10th edition of the European week of action against racism and discrimination in football, kicking off on 15 October throughout the continent (until 27 October). LICRA, as a permanent member of the FARE admin group, is once again responsible for coordinating…

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Capello message kicks-off weeks of action

Capello message kicks-off weeks of action

FARE partner Kick It Out, football’s equality and inclusion campaign, marks the start of the One Game, One Community weeks of action this Thursday 15 October, with a clarion call from Fabio Capello. The England boss is asking fans, players, clubs and community groups from the grassroots to the England team to join him in…

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One Week to go for the start of the 10th Anniversary of the FARE Action Week

One Week to go for the start of the 10th Anniversary of the FARE Action Week

The European-wide Action Week against Racism and Discrimination in Football, organised by the Football Against Racism in Europe (FARE) network, celebrates its 10th anniversary this season. From 15 – 27 October stakeholders across European football will make a joint stand for equality and against racism and discrimination. From modest beginnings spanning nine countries in 2001,…

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FARE/LICRA statement on the death of a Toulouse supporter in Belgrade

FARE/LICRA statement on the death of a Toulouse supporter in Belgrade

DEATH OF BRICE TATON The International League against Racism and Anti-Semitism (LICRA) and Football Against Racism in Europe (FARE) have learned with sorrow of the death of Brice Taton, victim of the barbarity of hooliganism, in Belgrade on Tuesday, 29 September. We extend our sincerest condolences to his family and share their grief. Our thoughts…

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EAST EUROPE MONITORING CENTRE STARTS IN WARSAW

EAST EUROPE MONITORING CENTRE STARTS IN WARSAW

The anti-racist East Europe Monitoring Centre starts its operation in Warsaw this month. The newly launched centre will monitor, research and document cases of racism and xenophobia across the region, with a special emphasis on Poland and Ukraine. 'The growing social significance of football in Poland and Ukraine before 2012 provides an excellent opportunity to…

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An open letter to Marcello Lippi and the Italian Football Association

An open letter to Marcello Lippi and the Italian Football Association

Following a repeat of earlier comments about gay players by Italian team manager Marcello Lippi, FARE and EGLSF have composed an open letter to Mr Lippi and the Italian Football Association September 2009 “Since its inception in 1989 the European Gay and Lesbian Sport Federation (EGLSF) has fought for the rights of gays and lesbians…

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Cisse suffers racist insults in Greece friendly

Cisse suffers racist insults in Greece friendly

Panathinaikos striker Djibril Cisse has threatened to report Greek fans to European football governing body UEFA following racist insults he received in a friendly in northern Greece. The 28-year-old French player was on the receiving end of remarks by some spectators during the friendly between his team and Olympiakos Volos on Sunday. “I didn't come…

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UEFA Monaco Charity Award

UEFA Monaco Charity Award

The annual UEFA Monaco Charity Award, amounting to CHF 1 million, will be presented to the UK National Association of Disabled Supporters (NADS) for a four-year development programme for its Centre for Access to Football in Europe (CAFE) project. 2009 award The 2009 award was approved by the UEFA Executive Committee at its most recent…

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FC JJK Jyväskylä and FiMu in the Finnish SRTRC-Campaign

FC JJK Jyväskylä and FiMu in the Finnish SRTRC-Campaign

On Wednesday, 5.8.2009, the Finnish FARE member Fimu ry and FC JJK organised a so called “Veikkausliiga SRTRC Game” – between FC JJK and KuPS. In this game the JJK players play with SRTRC logo in them shirts and also give examples in the field for showing an SRTRC stronge message to all. FiMu has…

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FARE Action Week against Racism and Discrimination in European Football takes place from 15th to 27th October 2009

FARE Action Week against Racism and Discrimination in European Football takes place from 15th to 27th October 2009

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 10th successive season the Football Against Racism in Europe (FARE) network is coordinating action in and around…

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Success for Anti-Racist Football Cup as massive crowds turn out for Polish Woodstock

Success for Anti-Racist Football Cup as massive crowds turn out for Polish Woodstock

“Przystanek Woodstock” is the biggest open-air festival in Europe. The 2009 (XVth) edition in Kostrzyn (near the Polish-German border) attracted a recordbreaking 450,000 spectators. FARE partner “Never Again” Association were once again a partner of the organisers – WOSP – and participated in the event for the 10th time, preparing and running one of the…

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Balkaniade 2009 festival takes stand against chauvinism and nationalism

Balkaniade 2009 festival takes stand against chauvinism and nationalism

Following the successful establishment of a football against nationalism campaign in the Balkans by the Balkan Alpe Adria Project (BAAP) in cooperation with the Football Against Racism in Europe network (FARE) and FARE partner FairPlay-vidc from 2006 to 2008, the activities continue with an under-15 youth tournament in Banja Luka, Bosnia and Herzegovina, from 15…

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Candidates needed for fans award

Candidates needed for fans award

uefa.com Candidates are being sought for the UEFA-backed 2009 European Football Supporters Award. Rewarding fans Created in 2005, the European Football Supporters Award has the primary objective of rewarding initiatives by fans who behave in an exemplary manner. With UEFA's support, the aim is to change mentalities in the stadium. Open to all The award…

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FK Vojvodina Novi Sad and FK Austria Vienna together against racism

FK Vojvodina Novi Sad and FK Austria Vienna together against racism

FK Vojvodina Novi Sad and FK Austria Vienna will play the encounter in the UEFA Europa League on 30 July 2009 under the motto “Football against racism”. In the stadium banners with ant-racism messages will be presented. Both team support the fight against racism and nationalism in football. The team captains will wear armband with…

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Legia Warsaw join 'Never Again' in action in defence of African players in Poland

Legia Warsaw join 'Never Again' in action in defence of African players in Poland

On 18th July “NEVER AGAIN” Association coorganized a friendly game between African players from Polish Leagues and CWKS Legia Warszawa. The reason for organising this match was a racist incident that happened on the last game of Legia (some of their supporters are well known because of racist flags and banners often displayed on the…

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Tragedy for FURD and for the people of Mondiali

Tragedy for FURD and for the people of Mondiali

It is with great sadness that we report the news from FARE partner FURD. Yesterday, one of the team members from the Under 18 team died after the minibus crashed near Sheffield, coming back from Casalecchio. The team, aged between 16 and 18 years old, along with youth workers from the project, were returning from…

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European clubs pledge to include anti-racism clauses

European clubs pledge to include anti-racism clauses

The European Club Association, UNESCO and FC Barcelona have joined forces for the inclusion of anti-discrimination and anti-racism clauses in new contracts with football players. The 140 European football club members of the ECA (European Club Association) have signed a declaration reasserting their commitment to include anti-racist and anti-discrimination clauses in new contracts with football…

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Mondiali Antirazzisti 2009 starts today!

Mondiali Antirazzisti 2009 starts today!

This week will see more than six thousand footballers from all corners of the globe travel to Italy for one of the world's largest football festivals. The Mondiali Antirazzisti, translating as 'Anti-racism World Cup', attracts hundreds of teams to a 5 a- side footballing carnival where fans, anti-racism campaigners, youth groups, students and ex-professionals come…

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Nelson Mandela honoured by professional players

Nelson Mandela honoured by professional players

The international professional football players union, FIFPro, honoured Nelson Mandela on 3rd of July at a small ceremony at the Nelson Mandela Foundation, in Johannesburg, in recognition of Mr Mandela’s contribution towards non-racism and peace and his commitment to football. Receiving the award on his behalf was Foundation trustee and current Minister of Human Settlements…

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Antiracist World Cup: opening Press Conference

Antiracist World Cup: opening Press Conference

Bologna, July 6th – Five days of sports and games from the world, to say NO to all kinds of discrimination and to gather different stories and colours, sharing a common objective: the desire to create a better world. This is what the Anti racist World Cup is all about, described in the press conference…

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Anti-racist message during the FIFA Confederations Cup

Anti-racist message during the FIFA Confederations Cup

On 24 and 25 June 2009, the FIFA Confederations Cup 2009 in South Africa provided the platform to deliver a clear statement once again to the world about football's united stance against racism. Anti-racist message during the semi-finals Before the kick-off to the two semi-final matches of the tournament, dubbed “Festival of Champions”, the team…

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3rd anti-racist “Eurofan 2009” tournament in Lviv, Ukraine

3rd anti-racist “Eurofan 2009” tournament in Lviv, Ukraine

From 25-28 June 2009 the FARE member Public Organization “Karpaty” are organising the traditional international fan-festival for football supporters from different countries called “Eurofan-2009” for the 3rd consecutive year in Lviv. This year 16 teams (incl. the organisers) announced their participation, amongst them other FARE members like the Schalker Fan-Initiative e.V. from Germany, FC Zenit…

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No to Racism No to Violence campaign in Romania

No to Racism No to Violence campaign in Romania

On 13th of June the No to Racism No to Violence campaign was highlighted at the final game of the Romanian Cup when CFR Cluj won against Polisportiva Timisoara 3-0. The televised game watched by an estimated 3.8 million Romanians started with a 3.5 minute display of the banner No To Racism No To Violence…

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FURD launches 2009 Unity newsletter

FURD launches 2009 Unity newsletter

FARE partner and founder member Football Unites, Racism Divides (FURD), has launched its annual 'Unity' newsletter. This year's version also contains a poster giving a flavour of the range of FURD's work, whilst items include details of the conflict resolution dvd 'It's Your Call' produced by young people at the project, news of an exciting…

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FC Zenit Supporters Club started social programme with Russian top league club

FC Zenit Supporters Club started social programme with Russian top league club

After a meeting of the Supporters Club with FC Zenit regarding a joint programme of activities in St. Petersburg involving ethnic minority groups a first joint action started on the middle of May in the framework of FC Zenit's social programme “Lessons of football and friendship” in one of St. Petersburg's schools. This lesson was…

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Job Vacancy at Show Racism the Red Card Wales

Job Vacancy at Show Racism the Red Card Wales

Show Racism the Red Card is an anti-racist campaigning and educational charity. Our aim is to combat racism through enabling role models, who are predominantly but not exclusively footballers, to present an anti-racist message to young people and society. We are seeking to recruit a Campaign Worker to join our team in Wales. The post…

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Gay Turkish referee calls for backing in fight against dismissal

Gay Turkish referee calls for backing in fight against dismissal

A Turkish referee has been forced to step down after his homosexuality was revealed through a medical report. After days of debate on his future career in football, the referee who had to quit his job due to his sexual orientation appeared on Turkish television and revealed his name for the first time. Participating in…

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VIENNA MEETS BALKAN: 7. International FairPlay Youth Tournament in Vienna

VIENNA MEETS BALKAN: 7. International FairPlay Youth Tournament in Vienna

From 30th May to 1st June more than 500 children from various backgrounds and countries meet in Vienna as guests of the 7. International FairPlay Youth Tournament under the motto “Vienna meets Balkan”. Local migrant communities, ethnic minorities, international guests, local football teams and teams from the western Balkans come together to play football, have…

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Fight against homophobia in French Ligue 1

Fight against homophobia in French Ligue 1

For the first time in French football, a national operation dedicated to fight against homophobia was launched with the clubs of League 1 at the 36th match day of the French championship, to which the clubs AJ Auxerre, AS Monaco, OGC Nice, AS Saint-Etienne and Paris Saint-Germain contributed. During the match PSG vs. Auxerre, Jean-Claude…

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Greek spectacle puts focus on anti-racism

Greek spectacle puts focus on anti-racism

The Greek Cup final on 2 May not only produced one of the most spellbinding matches in the competition's history but also provided a forum for the anti-racist message – telling supporters from every angle of Athens's Olympic Stadium to 'Unite Against Racism'. High visibility With a record television audience of 4 million (a 68…

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England WC bid bosses apologise over BNP link

England WC bid bosses apologise over BNP link

by ESPN England's bid to host the 2018 or 2022 World Cup started with a public-relations embarrassment after it emerged a politican from the far -right British National Party politician was among those at Monday's campaign launch at Wembley. David Beckham, Wayne Rooney, Prime Minister Gordon Brown and Football Association chairman Lord Triesman all spoke…

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Robin Dutt first Asian-heritage coach in top league

Robin Dutt first Asian-heritage coach in top league

Robin Dutt entered the history books on Sunday while gaining promotion to the Bundesliga 1st Division with his club SC Freiburg. The 44-year-old Dutt will be the first-ever coach of Indian origin to manage in one of the world's leading leagues. Freiburg beat TuS Koblenz 5-2 on Sunday to secure the Bundesliga 2nd Division title…

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FARE welcomes tough anti-racist stance by UEFA

FARE welcomes tough anti-racist stance by UEFA

UEFA President Michel Platini has sent out a strong message against racism, in the wake of discussions by UEFA's Executive Committee on possible action to be taken in the event of racist conduct at UEFA matches. Zero tolerance approach At a meeting in Bucharest, the committee agreed with Mr Platini that a zero tolerance approach…

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Fighting nationalism in the Balkans

Fighting nationalism in the Balkans

Some 13 years after the end of the war in Bosnia and Herzegovina key football stakeholders and human rights groups meet in Sarajevo to find practical ways to overcome nationalism and racism. The workshop “Education through sports” in Sarajevo on 12 May 2009 is hosted by the Football Federation of Bosnia & Herzegovina and will…

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French football to stage day of action against homophobia on 17 May

French football to stage day of action against homophobia on 17 May

The French Professional Football League (LFP) and Paris Foot Gay (PFG) are joining forces to mark the international day against homophobia on 17 May. For the first time ever French footballers have launched a nationwide campaign to demonstrate their commitment to the fight against prejudice. Various activities designed to raise public awareness are scheduled to…

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Thuram condemns former club Juventus over Balotelli incident

Thuram condemns former club Juventus over Balotelli incident

Lilian Thuram believes Juventus should accept their punishment of playing behind closed doors in the wake of their fans racially abusing Mario Balotelli. And Thuram, an ambassador for the FARE (Football Against Racism in Europe) network, added that he wasnt surprised about the racial insults to Balotelli by Juventus supporters. “I’m not surprised. Racism exists…

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2nd European Football Fans’ Congress

2nd European Football Fans’ Congress

17-19 July 2009 in Hamburg, Germany “We Are the Game !” In July last year more than 250 football fans from 27 countries, from Norway to Israel, from Portugal to the Ukraine, came together for the first time to kick-off the formation of an independent and representative European network of football fans at the 1st…

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The legendary Laurie Cunningham to be remembered

The legendary Laurie Cunningham to be remembered

FARE partner Football Unites, Racism Divides and The Hub African-Caribbean Centre, with the support of Sheffield United FC, are organising a special event to mark the development of black football in Sheffield, from Arthur Wharton, who was the first black player to play in the English First Division back in February 1895 – for The…

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Congratulations to FARE supporter Brian Kerr

Congratulations to FARE supporter Brian Kerr

FARE warmly congratulates former Republic of Ireland manager Brian Kerr on his appointment as coach of the Faroe Islands on a two-and-a-half year contract. Kerr, 56, replaces Jógvan Martin Olsen, who retired after the 1-0 defeat by Lithuania in a FIFA World Cup qualifier in October. That result was preceded by a 1-1 home draw…

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Slovakia: Students give their views on violence and nationalism in football

Slovakia: Students give their views on violence and nationalism in football

The topic “Football – Sports, no place for manifesting violence and nationalism” was a part of the national final round of the Human Rights Olympics which took place on March 24-26 2009 in Liptovský Ján in Slovakia. The topic of this essay selected by the Slovak National Centre for Human Rights was chosen by 16…

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Let’s Kick Racism out of Israeli Football 2009

Let’s Kick Racism out of Israeli Football 2009

Israels FARE – Partner “KIO Israel” reports on their work during the Gaza war: As soon as the fighting in Gaza began in the closing days of 2008, KIO Israel geared up for special activities to use football to help reduce the damage to the fragile coexistence between Israel’s Jewish majority and Arab minority. KIO…

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Hungarian FARE group shocked over racist Roma murder

Hungarian FARE group shocked over racist Roma murder

On Tuesday March 3rd thousands of people attended the funeral of Robert Csorba and his son Robika, who were killed when trying to flee their house that someone had set on fire. The 27-year old Roma agricultural labourer and his 5 year old son were allegedly shot dead by racists. Two children were also injured…

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UNITED – European Action Week Against Racism: 'Look Deeper – Value Diversity'

UNITED – European Action Week Against Racism: 'Look Deeper – Value Diversity'

From 14 – 22 March 2009 the europeanwide action week against racism organised by the network United for Intercultural action will take place under motto 'Look Deeper – Value Diversity' with activities in 53 countries. Europe Against Racism Every year on the occasion of the European-wide Action Week Against Racism around 21 March, people all…

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Marcos Senna: “All together against racism”

Marcos Senna: “All together against racism”

Marcos Senna is a EURO 2008 winner with Spain, captain of Villarreal CF, a cultured passer and a penalty specialist. He is also a committed campaigner against racism and a supporter of human rights and the migrant communities in his home country of Brazil and Spain. He recently set up The Marcos Senna Foundation. Marcos…

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‘Football is a wonderful thing!’

‘Football is a wonderful thing!’

The words of legendary footballer and fervent anti racist campaigner, Lilian Thuram, as he addressed the ‘Unite Against Racism’ conference in Warsaw today. Thuram, World Cup winner and current FARE ambassador is one of football’s most articulate voices. He spoke at length about his experiences of racism in football and how collectively, organisations such as…

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Building Bridges 3: International conference on Gay & Lesbians in Sport in The Hague

Building Bridges 3: International conference on Gay & Lesbians in Sport in The Hague

On Friday March, 6th an international conference on Gays and Lesbians in sport is to be held in The Hague, the Netherlands. The event will give organisations across Europe the opportunity to present examples of good practice that stimulate a gay-friendly sport environment under the central slogan ‘Building Bridges’. The conference will look at examples…

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Keynote sppech from Rafal Pankowski at the Unite Against Racism conference in Warsaw

Keynote sppech from Rafal Pankowski at the Unite Against Racism conference in Warsaw

Rafal Pankowski ‘Never Again’ Association Ladies and Gentlemen, Dear Friends, It is a real honour for me to speak here on behalf of FARE and its Polish partner organization, the ‘Never Again’ Association. It is no coincidence this conference is taking place in Warsaw. Yesterday many of you visited an exhibition, which documents an important…

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High expectations in Warsaw

High expectations in Warsaw

Delegates at the third Unite Against Racism Conference in Warsaw were taken on a visit of the Jewish Historical Institute on their arrival in the Polish capital on Tuesday. The Institute was founded to preserve the heritage and history of Poland's Jewish community and to provide a lasting memorial to the lives lost during the…

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We're all equal with a ball at our feet – Erzik

We're all equal with a ball at our feet – Erzik

At a time of deep crisis, football can be a symbol of unity and tolerance – and skin colour is invisible under a football shirt. This was the message given by UEFA first vice-president Senes Erzik in a keynote speech to the third Unite Against Racism Conference in Warsaw on Wednesday. 'All equal' “Political convictions,…

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Poland's solid campaign against racism

Poland's solid campaign against racism

The United Against Racism conference in Warsaw provided an ideal opportunity to learn how UEFA EURO 2012™ co-hosts Poland is contributing solidly to the fight against racism and discrimination in football. 'Positive force' Rafał Pankowski, spokesman of FARE's Polish partner Never Again, spoke of the work his association is doing in partnership with the Polish…

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Warsaw clarion call against racism

Warsaw clarion call against racism

The third United Against Racism Conference has ended in Warsaw with a common determination from all participants to reinforce the battle against discrimination and intolerance in football – and especially for footballers and parents to set an example for younger generations to follow. Ideas and solutions UEFA, the Football Against Racism in Europe (FARE) network…

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'It takes courage to combat racism'

'It takes courage to combat racism'

Wednesday's afternoon session of the Unite Against Racism conference in Warsaw was given over to players who discussed their experiences of racism in the game. Lilian Thuram, the most capped player for France and now a passionate anti-racism campaigner, spoke to the delegates in a Q & A session, before a lively panel discussion which…

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Unite Against Racism conference in Warsaw started with NGO forum

Unite Against Racism conference in Warsaw started with NGO forum

The Football Against Racism in Europe (FARE) NGO forum saw delegates from over 35 countries open the 'Unite Against Racism' conference in Warsaw's Hilton Hotel today. The network, currently celebrating its 10th anniversary, gave a collective overview of highlights over the past decade such as the continued success of the Mondialli, the increased membership from…

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Anti-racist message loud and clear in Warsaw

Anti-racist message loud and clear in Warsaw

The third Unite Against Racism conference – staged by UEFA, the Football Against Racism in Europe (FARE) network and the international players' union FIFPro – has opened in the Polish capital Warsaw with calls from speakers for diversity in football to be celebrated and nurtured, and for efforts to be stepped up in the growing…

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3rd Unite Against Racism ready to kick off in Warsaw

3rd Unite Against Racism ready to kick off in Warsaw

Hundreds of delegates are beginning to arrive in Warsaw for a European-level conference on racism in football that will attract administrators, campaigners and players. The conference is a three-way partnership between UEFA, FARE and FIFPro and signals a renewed determination to tackle issues that remain a feature of European football. Also in attendance will be…

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Marcos Senna exclusive Interview for FARE

Marcos Senna exclusive Interview for FARE

Marcos Senna was born in São Paulo, Brazil. He’s a EURO 2008 winner with Spain, captain of Villarreal CF, a cultured passer and a penalty specialist. He is also a committed campaigner against racism and a supporter of human rights and the migrant communities in his home country of Brazil and Spain. After playing for…

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Alerta Network calls for solidarity with the antifascist football supporters in eastern Europe

Alerta Network calls for solidarity with the antifascist football supporters in eastern Europe

UNITED IN STRUGGLE – SOLIDARITY WITH THE ANTIFASCIST FOOTBALL SUPPORTERS IN EASTERN EUROPE! About the political and social situation in Russia, Ukraine and Belarus The action day of the antifascist football fan-network ALERTA! takes place in March 2009 on the subject of the situation of anti-racist football fans in Eastern Europe. Only two hours of…

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Out now: FARE Magazine 2009

Out now: FARE Magazine 2009

On the occasion of the third Unite Against Racism Conference in Warsaw on 3 and 4 March, and the tenth anniversary of Football Against Racism in Europe, the FARE network has produced a magazine to give an overview on FARE activities and the goals achieved in the past ten years. The brochure also gives an…

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Report on the EGLSF Conference Football Against Homophobia, Barcelona 2009

Report on the EGLSF Conference Football Against Homophobia, Barcelona 2009

The European Gay & Lesbian Sport Federation (EGLSF) and the Football Against Racism in Europe (FARE) network, in co-operation with the Gay and lesbian Football Fan Club of FC Barcelona Penya Blaugrana de Gais i Lesbianes, held the first EGLSF Conference Football Against Homophobia in Barcelona From February 6th-8th, 2009 the meeting gathered gay and…

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UEFA “Unite against Racism” conference in Warsaw

UEFA “Unite against Racism” conference in Warsaw

UEFA is to host a conference in Poland which will look at issues of anti-racism and discrimination the European game. UEFA, together with the players' union FIFPro and the governing body's partner in the anti-racism campaign, the pan-European Football Against Racism in Europe (FARE) network, are finalising preparations for a keynote conference that will press…

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Call for antifascist demonstration on 14th of February 2009 in Dresden

Call for antifascist demonstration on 14th of February 2009 in Dresden

On the 13th and 14th of February 2009, again thousands of Nazis are going to march along the streets of Dresden. This obligatory Nazi-event allegedly commemorating the allied bombing dead in Dresden of February 1945, is the biggest procession of its kind Europe-wide. It's the last remaining periodically mass demonstration for the extreme right in…

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Barcelona hosts gay and lesbian football fans´ meeting

Barcelona hosts gay and lesbian football fans´ meeting

The European Gay & Lesbian Sport Federation and the Football Against Racism in Europe network are to hold a meeting for queer football fans groups in Barcelona in February. In co-operation with Penya Blaugrana de Gais i Lesbianes the meeting will see queer football fan groups from across the continent gather to discuss the issues…

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Sport: a tool for integration

Sport: a tool for integration

Belem: World Social Forum. A very large attendance was recorded by the seminar promoted by UISP on the subject of 'Sport against discrimination and for equal opportunities'. The seminar covered social projects for the inclusion of ethnic minorities, people with disabilities, local communities and anyone who is a victim of discrimination through a range of…

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FARE tender for consultant to help develop the network

FARE tender for consultant to help develop the network

FARE, the European anti-discrimination network, has launched an open tender to seek an external consultant who can advise on future development of the network. Skills, insight and passion needed If you can demonstrate the skills, insight and passion to help, FARE offers you the satisfaction of knowing you will have made your mark in assisting…

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Cooperation between LFP and Paris Foot Gay

Cooperation between LFP and Paris Foot Gay

Following several recent cases of homophobia in French football, a meeting was held on 17 December 2008 between the French League, Paris Foot Gay (Association against homophobia in football) and the Inter LGBT (French group promoting the rights of gay, bi, lesbian and transsexual people). This meeting concluded with the following proposals and initiatives: 1)…

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Referee reports fascist actions by Real Madrid fans at Osasuna game

Referee reports fascist actions by Real Madrid fans at Osasuna game

Real Madrid are facing a fine after a small group of fans were reported by the referee for making fascist gestures and for fascist chanting during the club's victory against Osasuna on Sunday, 18th January. Match referee Alfonso Pérez Burrull included the incidents in his report, writing that some supporters behind one goal were waving…

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'Never Again' begins official cooperation with 2012 coordinating body

'Never Again' begins official cooperation with 2012 coordinating body

FARE partner “NEVER AGAIN” Association has started official cooperation with PL.2012, the coordinating body overseeing preparation undertakings for Euro 2012 in Poland. A statement from PL.2012 says: “The cooperation includes social campaigning against racism in “Let's kick racism out of stadiums”, education and trainings for security and stewards, PR and media work. Organisation of such…

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Eleven charged following Campbell homophobic insults

Eleven charged following Campbell homophobic insults

Police have charged 11 people with indecent chanting at a Premiership game. They were arrested in connection with alleged racist and homophobic chanting towards Portsmouth defender Sol Campbell during a match against Tottenham Hotspur at Fratton Park on September 28 last year. The 11, including three juveniles, have been bailed by police to appear at…

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