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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