Rally against racism and xenophobia in Moscow after wave of ethnic clashes

Rally against racism and xenophobia in Moscow after wave of ethnic clashes

Hundreds of Russians hit the streets of Moscow on Sunday, rallying to promote peace and equality in response to a rash of ethnic violence and unrest, state-run media reported. The “Moscow for Everyone” demonstration in Pushkin Square drew about 1,500 participants, according to RIA Novosti. “People who came here do not intend to put up…

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FURD celebrates go-ahead for new centre

FURD celebrates go-ahead for new centre

FARE founder member Football Unites, Racism Divides (FURD) is celebrating the news that the UK government, following its spending review, has agreed to go ahead with funding for the U-Mix Centre, the new home for FURD and for a wide range of positive activities for young people. The centre will be built close to FURD's…

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'NEVER AGAIN' and FARE step up their campaign in Ukraine and Russia in 2011

'NEVER AGAIN' and FARE step up their campaign in Ukraine and Russia in 2011

A new phase of the growing anti-racist campaign in Ukraine starts in frames of the FARE East European Development Project coordinated by the NEVER AGAIN Association. New activity partners in Ukraine have been confirmed and announced during meetings in Kiev on 15 and 16 December 2010. The broad spectrum of new FARE partner organisations includes,…

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Blatter sorry for 'gay' comments

Blatter sorry for 'gay' comments

Fifa president Sepp Blatter has apologised for saying gay fans should “refrain from sexual activity” if they go to the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. Homosexuality is illegal in Qatar and Blatter's original comments provoked outrage among gay rights groups who said he should apologise or resign. Blatter said: “It was not my intention and…

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Nationalist rioters in Moscow call for death of immigrants

Nationalist rioters in Moscow call for death of immigrants

Up to 1,000 people were arrested in Moscow today as nationalist youths rampaged throughout the city for the second time this week, shouting racist slogans and calling for the death of immigrants. The unrest, four days after 5,000 rioters wrought carnage outside the Kremlin walls, upended the city as night descended. Riot police rode through…

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Football Culture Across Eastern Europe as a Breeding Ground for Nationalism

Football Culture Across Eastern Europe as a Breeding Ground for Nationalism

Over 60 nationalists and football hooligans were arrested on Saturday in clashes with Interior Ministry troops near the Kremlin walls, after thousands gathered on Manezh Square to demand an investigation into the alleged murder of a Spartak FC fan by a migrant from Kabardino-Balkaria. Russia has a huge struggle ahead if it is to stamp…

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Sepp Blatter says gay fans 'should refrain' at 2022 World Cup in Qatar

Sepp Blatter says gay fans 'should refrain' at 2022 World Cup in Qatar

The Fifa president, Sepp Blatter, has attempted to laugh off the problems which gay supporters may face at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. Blatter, who was speaking yesterday in Johannesburg at the launch of a post-2010 World Cup legacy project, has come in for criticism following the decision to take the competition to the…

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“World Cup in Russia ideal opportunity to address racist problems.” says ex-Lokomotiv Moscow striker Peter Odemwingie

“World Cup in Russia ideal opportunity to address racist problems.” says ex-Lokomotiv Moscow striker Peter Odemwingie

West Brom striker Peter Odemwingie hopes Russia being awarded the World Cup in 2018 will go some way to solving the country’s racism issues. The 29-year-old was the victim of racial abuse from some fans during his three-year spell in Russia at Lokomotiv Moscow, before leaving to join Albion in August. The Nigeria international, who…

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Let's Kick it Out! The Final of the Warsaw Ethno-league Tournament.

Let's Kick it Out! The Final of the Warsaw Ethno-league Tournament.

'LET'S KICK RACISM OUT' is the slogan for the last in the series of the indoor multicultural football tournament – The Warsaw Ethno-league. Organised by the Foundation for Freedom and the 'NEVER AGAIN' Association, it's main aim has been the integration of Warsaw's inhabitants originating from different parts of the world. The participants, both men…

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Skopje hosts anti-racism conference

Skopje hosts anti-racism conference

A conference organised by the Football Federation of Macedonia (FFM) together with the Macedonian Centre for Culture and Development (MCKR) has tackled the question of overcoming racism and ethnic discrimination in the Balkan region. The event in the Macedonian capital Skopje on 14 and 15 October was attended by representatives of UEFA, the Enlarged Partial…

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Anelka rails against racism in France

Anelka rails against racism in France

“In difficult moments, we see what people really think” But while tomorrow's game in the Stade Velodrome is dead, with Chelsea qualified as winners and Marseille also through, Anelka suggested there was more to the treatment of members of Raymond Domenech's squad than met the eye. The French camp was riven with internal rows and…

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Peter Odemwingie believes winning World Cup could halt racism in Russia

Peter Odemwingie believes winning World Cup could halt racism in Russia

Peter Odemwingie said he hopes that Fifa's decision to stage the 2018 World Cup finals in Russia will lead to racism being driven out of the country's football stadiums. Optimism diverse cultures will prevail The West Bromwich Albion striker, who had previously said that Russia was not ready to host the World Cup, is optimistic…

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Cantona protest fails to bring down the banks

Cantona protest fails to bring down the banks

He was once a great goalscorer, but yesterday Eric Cantona didn't have enough boot to destroy the banking system. Protesters had called for a global bank run after “Eric le Rouge” claimed revolution was possible if everyone emptied their account on the same day. Date chosen after shirt number Protesters chose 7 December in honour…

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New Impulse for anti-Racism in Russia

New Impulse for anti-Racism in Russia

The 'NEVER AGAIN' Association sets out to assist anti-racist activities in Russia. Members of the Warsaw-based anti-racist 'NEVER AGAIN' Association have participated in important round-table discussions on racism taking place in Moscow this week. On 24 November, 'NEVER AGAIN' took part in the high-level event at the Moscow State University entitled 'Networking for Intercultural Dialogue',…

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Balotelli tells fans “a multi-racial Italy already exists” after racial abuse

Balotelli tells fans “a multi-racial Italy already exists” after racial abuse

The Italy striker Mario Balotelli has said he is growing weary of hearing racial abuse when playing football, following Italys 1-1 draw with Romania. The 20-year-old earned his second cap for Italy, but was the subject of abuse every time he touched the ball in the international friendly played in Klagenfurt, Austria. Banners on view…

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GUEST BLOG: Loving football – saying no to violence and racism

GUEST BLOG: Loving football – saying no to violence and racism

Last night’s friendly match between Italy and Romania was marred by racist incidents directed at Mario Balotelli. These incidents were reported widely by international media from Europe to North America and across the Southern Hemisphere. The abuse in the form of monkey noises and booing was disappointing and truly shocking as all such incidents are….

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Croatian executive claims “Gay people are for ballet, not for football”

Croatian executive claims “Gay people are for ballet, not for football”

Another homophobic quote has appeared in Croatian football. The executive vice president of top Croatian team Dinamo Zagreb, Zdravko Mamic has commented on recent words of Vlatko Markovic, the president of Croatian Football Federation who has said gay people should not play in the national team. “I would not have Gay people playing in my…

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Bayern star Mario Gomez urges gay footballers to come out

Bayern star Mario Gomez urges gay footballers to come out

A leading German footballer has urged gay players to come out and called for a radical rethink about homosexuality in the sport. The Bayern Munich striker Mario Gomez has broken ranks with the football establishment, including members of his own team and the German football federation, who have warned that coming out could destroy a…

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FARE grants to help fight Roma exclusion

FARE grants to help fight Roma exclusion

Roma groups across Europe are being awarded a series of grants by the FARE Network this Autumn to support their challenge to social exclusion and support Roma communities in their struggle for equality. The cash is focused on football activities within Roma communities that can empower young people and help contact with mainstream communities. The…

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“Homosexuals are banned from Croatian national team” says FA President

“Homosexuals are banned from Croatian national team” says FA President

The European Gay and Lesbian Sports Federation (EGLSF) today condemned comments made by Vlatko Markovic , President of the Croatian Football Federation in an interview with Croatian national daily Vecernji List. Mr Markovic remarked that there was no place for gay players on the national side, stating While I'm a president of the Croatian Football…

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'Football against discrimination' tool-kit for young people – please submit your resources

'Football against discrimination' tool-kit for young people – please submit your resources

It remains certain that the fight against racism and discrimination must be accompanied by educational work with young people. Therefore, as part of its Football for Equality project, FARE is creating an educational internet tool-kit on the topic of ‘Football against Discrimination’. Over the last decade, anti-racism and anti-discrimination in the field of sport has…

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Scottish football clubs show racism the red card

Scottish football clubs show racism the red card

Players of the Scottish Premier League clubs were last week united in calling for an end to racism in football and society. Scottish clubs set the example with players warming up in red card T-shirts, showing red cards before kick-off, and managers wearing badges in support of the action. Players in over 40 European countries…

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FARE Action Week 2010: Highlights in Ukraine,Switzerland and Kosovo during final week

FARE Action Week 2010: Highlights in Ukraine,Switzerland and Kosovo during final week

As this year’s Action Weeks come to a close, the sheer volume of activities means events will continue into this weekend and beyond. The final count of countries taking part has hit 42 with over 1500 events taking place. The coming weekend marks the highlight of the Action Weeks in Switzerland, where ten clubs of…

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'Hyde Park' Provides Platform for Speaking Out Against Racism in Israeli Football

'Hyde Park' Provides Platform for Speaking Out Against Racism in Israeli Football

New Israel Fund's KIO Israel campaign, in partnership with the Israel FA, concluded its FARE Action Week activities on Saturday with a unique “Hyde Park” event before the Premier League game between Maccabi Netanya and Hapoel Haifa. KIO Israel set up a speaking area near Netanya's stadium modelled on Speakers Corner at London's Hyde Park….

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Ukraine calling: Against xenophobia and racism

Ukraine calling: Against xenophobia and racism

News from the 'NEVER AGAIN' Association A series of anti-racism events has been organized in Ukraine during the Football against Racism in Europe Action Week from 16 through 26 October 2010 – as the country prepares to co-host UEFA EURO 2012. Some serious racist incidents occurred in Ukrainian football earlier this year. For example, FC…

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Metz fans arrested for displaying Anti-Nazi-Banner: FARE network calls for clarification

Metz fans arrested for displaying Anti-Nazi-Banner: FARE network calls for clarification

On Friday 22nd October, during the French 2nd League match between FC Metz vs. SCO Angers, four Metz fans were arrested and kept in custody for displaying a “GEGEN NAZIS” (Against Nazis) flag in the stadium. They are due to be tried by a French Court in November for “displaying a nazi symbol during a…

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FARE grants to support Roma communities

FARE grants to support Roma communities

Roma groups across Europe are being awarded a series of grants by the FARE Network this Autumn, as part of a drive to challenge social exclusion and support Roma communities in their struggle for equality. The cash is focused on football activities within Roma communities that can empower young people and aid contact with mainstream…

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140 groups mark Football Against Racism in Europe week Ireland

140 groups mark Football Against Racism in Europe week Ireland

More than 140 clubs, schools and community groups are marking Football Against Racism in Europe week Ireland 2010. Continued exposure of the diversity within football – including participation by females and people from diverse ethnic, cultural and national backgrounds in the game – would help breakdown gender stereotyping and racism. The Association in conjunction with…

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11th FARE Action Week: Swiss football against racism

11th FARE Action Week: Swiss football against racism

The upcoming weekend marks the highlight of the FARE AW in Switzerland. In total ten clubs of the first two leagues of the Swiss Football League will wear jerseys with the message “Against Racism and Violence”. Sponsors give up space for message The club’s sponsors give up their space on the jerseys to provide room…

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Abandoned match mars opening of Israel's FARE Action Week

Abandoned match mars opening of Israel's FARE Action Week

FARE Action Week got off to an eventful start in Israel on Sunday. A unique anti-racism event held by New Israel Fund's KIO Israel campaign in partnership with the Israel FA before MS Ashdod's Premier League match with Hapoel Beer Sheva was marred by the violent action of one spectator who ruined the evening for…

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Second Weekend of Action has fans showing the way

Second Weekend of Action has fans showing the way

The second weekend of the 2010 FARE Action Weeks begins today with national level activities that will include hundreds of events, tournaments and discussion forums led by fan groups and community organisations. Activities are on course to reach a target of around 1500 events over the ten-day period with many new groups taking part. Community…

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Greek Superleague gives racism the red card

Greek Superleague gives racism the red card

Superleague in Greece, in cooperation with the Black European Womens Council, have for the 4th straight year dedicated the 6th Match weekend to FARE by Showing Racism the Red Card. Players and referees in all 8 stadiums around the country wore FARE t-shirts and took to the pitch escorted by children from over 10 countries,…

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Anti- Discrimination message loud and clear at European showpieces

Anti- Discrimination message loud and clear at European showpieces

The FARE Action Weeks will hit mid-stride this week as the UEFA Champions League and Europa Cup group matches become the focus for the message of inclusion. Matches last night in some of Europe’s greatest footballing cities – Amsterdam, Braga, London, Madrid, Marseille, Moscow, Munich and Rome – all featured activities as part of events…

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FARE funded projects during the One Game, One Community weeks of action

FARE funded projects during the One Game, One Community weeks of action

During this years weeks of action, Kick It Out once again worked with the FARE Network to distribute €3000 Euros in funding to projects in the UK. FARE has funded projects across 38 European countries during this period, distributed €55,000 Euros to community football projects that demonstrate diversity and inclusion. This year eight projects have…

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Bratislava Action Week tournament a big success

Bratislava Action Week tournament a big success

Despite rainy weather FARE partner Ludia proti rasizmu held a very succesfull international tournament in Bratislava, together with a discussion on the representation of minorities and immigrants in football. A panel discussion included with Slovak FA representative, the technical director of SFZ and coach of national team of Slovakia under 19s, Pavol Peráèek, romani activist…

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Italian Serie A match halted after racist abuse on the first weekend of the FARE Action Week

Italian Serie A match halted after racist abuse on the first weekend of the FARE Action Week

Again a racist incident happened during the europeanwide FARE Action Week against racism and discrimination. Samuel Eto’o suffered racist abuse when Cagliari fans shouted monkey chants at the Inter Milan striker. On Sunday 17 October, some minutes after the kick-off of the Serie A match Cagliari vs Inter Milan supporters from the home team began…

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WHITE, YELLOW, RED, BLACK – MUSIC AGAINST RACISM News from the 'NEVER AGAIN' Association

WHITE, YELLOW, RED, BLACK – MUSIC AGAINST RACISM News from the 'NEVER AGAIN' Association

The special release of the extraordinary music album entitled 'White, Yellow, Red, Black. Music Against Racism' by the Polish rock band Qulturka is a highlight of this year's Football Against Racism in Europe Action Week. The record consists of two parts. The first part was released on CD on 15 October. The second part is…

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Football fans want the game's governing bodies to provide greater support for gay players

Football fans want the game's governing bodies to provide greater support for gay players

Football's governing bodies have been told that gay players should be supported with being open about their sexuality. Following a Staffordshire University survey of more than 3,500 fans, players, referees and other officials, it was found that most respondents believe clubs and agents are unfairly pressuring gay players into silence. The findings from the TopFan…

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11th FARE Action Week kicks off this weekend

11th FARE Action Week kicks off this weekend

The 11th FARE Action Week against Racism and Discrimination in European Football gets fully underway this weekend, with hundreds of actions taking place all over Europe. The 11th Action Week will take place from the 14 – 26 October 2010 and will reach out to 40 European countries. The shocking events this week in Genoa…

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Serbian government will crack down on far-right groups

Serbian government will crack down on far-right groups

Serbia's interior minister has stated the government will crack down on far-right groups following anti-gay protests and riots which caused Serbia's match in Italy to be abandoned. Interior Minister Ivica Dacic told the Associated Press that anti-gay rioters and the fans who disrupted the match in Genoa belong to the same extremist groups. Generally, those…

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EURO 2012 = EQUALITY + TOLERANCE

EURO 2012 = EQUALITY + TOLERANCE

News from the 'NEVER AGAIN' Association The 'NEVER AGAIN' Association, in collaboration with the City of Warsaw's Educational Department, the Warsaw Centre of Educational and Social Innovations and the Euro-Education Academy, is embarking on a series of anti-racist training as part of an educational project called 'EURO 2012 = EQUALITY + TOLERANCE'. The project is…

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Conference: „Promoting intercultural dialogue: How to overcome ethnic discrimination and racism in the Balkan region” Skopje, “The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia”, 14 – 15 October 2010

Conference: „Promoting intercultural dialogue: How to overcome ethnic discrimination and racism in the Balkan region” Skopje, “The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia”, 14 – 15 October 2010

The FARE partner Macedonian Center for Culture and Development (MCCD) and the Federation of “The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia” in co-operation with the Council of Europe / Enlarged Partial Agreement on Sport (EPAS) and FARE partner FairPlay-VIDC will hold a regional conference on promoting intercultural dialogue in Skopje on 14 and 15 October 2010….

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Athletics world champion backs new home for FURD

Athletics world champion backs new home for FURD

ATHLETICS superstar Jessica Ennis is backing plans for FARE partner FURD's proposed new home – a new youth and sports centre barely a stone’s throw from where she grew up in Sheffield. The World and European Champion heptathlete said the proposed project would provide much-needed opportunities for young people in a deprived area of the…

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European Action Week against discrimination in football to kick off next week

European Action Week against discrimination in football to kick off next week

This season’s FARE Action Week against Racism and Discrimination in European will kick off in less than one week. The 11th Action Week will take place from the 14 – 26 October 2010 and will reach out to 40 European countries. With the backing of UEFA the annual Action Week of the Football Against Racism…

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Show Racism the Red Card Ireland launched integration programme

Show Racism the Red Card Ireland launched integration programme

Today saw the launch of the Show Racism the Red Card Ireland programme of activities. A host of sporting legends from the world of Basketball and the Airtricity League together with the Mayor of South County Dublin Eamon Maloney and Minister for Integration Mary White TD were joined by 150 school students to launch the…

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Ukrainian right-wing group marches against 'foreign' footballers

Ukrainian right-wing group marches against 'foreign' footballers

On September 7, 2010, Ukrainian football fans and Svoboda marched through the streets of Kyiv. “Svoboda” also known as All-Ukrainian Union is a Ukrainian Nationalist group that frequently protests in Ukraine, particularly Kyiv. The march began at 2pm and followed a route from FC Dynamo Kyiv's stadium, Lobanovsky Dynamo Stadium, past Maidan Nezalezhnosti (Independence Square)…

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Lord Ouseley calls for clarification over Russian minister's remarks

Lord Ouseley calls for clarification over Russian minister's remarks

Lord Herman Ouseley, chair of Kick It Out, England's equality and inclusion campaign in football, has urged Russia’s sports minister Vitaly Mutko to clarify comments he made relating to racist abuse at a Newcastle United fixture he attended three years ago. Our work with all 92 professional clubs gives us a unique vantage point in…

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EGLSF to support prosecution of French club for homophobia

EGLSF to support prosecution of French club for homophobia

The European Gay and Lesbian Sports Federation gave its backing today to football & anti-homophobia organisation, Paris Foot Gay, in its referral of amateur football club FC CHOOZ to the French Football Federation’s National Committee of Ethics. Paris Foot Gay, in association with French campaign organisation, SOS Homophobie, is taking this action following a decision…

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Ethnoleague underway in Warsaw

Ethnoleague underway in Warsaw

The 'Ethnoleague' started in Warsaw on 11 September. Twelve multicultural teams participated in the football competition, including Africans, Vietnamese, Chechens and other nationalities living in Warsaw as well as a female team, a 'NEVER AGAIN' Association team and a team composed of Legia Warsaw fans. The objective of the 'Ethnoleague' is the integration of Warsaw's…

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Call for Action: FARE Action Week 14 – 26 October 2010

Call for Action: FARE Action Week 14 – 26 October 2010

FARE supports grass-root groups across Europe with small grants Between 14 and 26 October the Football Against Racism in Europe (FARE) network is calling for action in around football stadiums across Europe during a co-ordinated Action Week. With support of UEFA and the European Commission FARE calls upon the European football family to come together…

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French amateur football club excludes gay player

French amateur football club excludes gay player

A French amateur club has refused to register a homosexual player, leading to a gay football organization to ask the French Football Federation to impose sanctions. The organization, Paris Foot Gay, said Wednesday that club FC Chooz should be punished to help the football world to realize that homophobia is as bad as racism and…

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Women draw strength from sport!

Women draw strength from sport!

Story: International JUMP campaign launched International JUMP photo campaign launches today in Vienna The JUMP campaign is part of the EU-funded OLYMPIA project, aimed at supporting girls and women in sport, driving awareness of their exceptional performances, and promoting their interests and requirements. The project is coordinated and implemented by FARE partners/associates UISP (Italy), LICRA…

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Joint Unity statement at Poland-Ukraine friendly

Joint Unity statement at Poland-Ukraine friendly

Polish and Ukrainian football supporters issued a joint ‘Unity’ statement on the occasion of the Poland-Ukraine friendly game on 4 September 2010. The statement in Polish, Ukrainian and English was distributed at a Euro 2012 press conference in Lodz, where the match was played. The fans were brought together by FARE. ‘We welcome the joint…

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Gay and lesbian fans from across Europe to visit Hamburg

Gay and lesbian fans from across Europe to visit Hamburg

LGBT Football Fanclubs from across Europe are to visit Hamburg to celebrate themselves, FC St. Pauli´s 100th birthday and St. Pauli´s current jump to the first German National Football League: “We're just kicking off!” Just two weeks after the 1st game in the 1st German National Football League: Gay and lesbian football fanclubs from Germany…

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Grim news from Ukraine as neo-Nazis attack anti-racist fans in Kiev

Grim news from Ukraine as neo-Nazis attack anti-racist fans in Kiev

On August 15th 2010 after the football match of Ukrainian Premier League between Arsenal (Kiev) and Volyn (Lutsk) the most severe armed neo-Nazi attack on football fans took place. During the match Arsenal supporters displayed anti-racist banners and banners in support of arrested Russian anti-fascists, thus demonstrating their anti-racist views for the first time in…

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Polish Woodstock kicks racism out of the stadiums

Polish Woodstock kicks racism out of the stadiums

News from the ‘NEVER AGAIN’ Association Polish Woodstock, the annual free music festival organized near the Polish-German border, attracted some 300,000 people this year. The ‘NEVER AGAIN’ Association contributed by organizing its 9th Anti-Racist Football Championship of Poland which proved highly popular with the festival audience. The festival goers also had a chance to visit…

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Balkaniade 2010 Festival takes stand against chauvinism and nationalism

Balkaniade 2010 Festival takes stand against chauvinism and nationalism

A total of nine youth teams from Albania, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Croatia, Montenegro, Macedonia and Serbia, who have qualified in regional tournaments, will meet and compete from 7 – 8 August in Kotor, Montenegro, and together join a festival against nationalism, chauvinism and intolerance in the Balkans. Workshops and discussion groups will also offer an…

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Fans pack Johannesburg Stadium for match against Xenophobia

Fans pack Johannesburg Stadium for match against Xenophobia

Organisers of a ‘Unity’ football match between Highlanders of Zimbabwe and Jomo Cosmos of South Africa say the event is an important step in the fight against Xenophobia in South Africa. About 18,000 fans attended the game at Johannesburg Stadium on 25th July, which was jointly organised by a coalition of NGOs, including the South…

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Applications sought for European Football Supporters Award

Applications sought for European Football Supporters Award

Candidates are being sought for the 2010 UEFA-backed European Football Supporters Award – a prize that rewards fans who behave in an exemplary manner and contribute to a positive atmosphere in football stadiums. Created in 2005, the award is open to all European football groups, and seeks to promote fraternisation between opposing supporters and respect…

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Piara Powar appointed to head up FARE reorganisation

Piara Powar appointed to head up FARE reorganisation

The FARE network has been undergoing some re-organisation over the past year and now is a good time to bring everyone up to date with developments so far and plans for the near future. The FARE Interim Board, elected in Vienna in December 2009, was charged with taking forward changes that included a formalising and…

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POLAND: Antiracism exhibition for WC final

POLAND: Antiracism exhibition for WC final

On the day of the World Cup final, a diverse multicultural audience took part in a ‘Let’s kick racism out of the stadiums’ exhibition opening organised by the FARE partner ‘NEVER AGAIN’ Association in Warsaw’s Home Africa Bar. The event was co-hosted by Stanley Udenkwor, a Nigerian-born Polish citizen, an ex Polonia Warsaw player and…

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Anti-racism World Cup in Italy reaches fever pitch

Anti-racism World Cup in Italy reaches fever pitch

As the FIFA World Cup in South Africa enters the final phase also the Antiracist World Cup – the Mondiali Antirazzisti is going to reach fever pitch over the week-end. In Casalecchio, a town near Bologna, the fourteenth edition of the non-commercial football festival is gathering 204 football teams from 34 different countries. The international…

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Neo-Nazis spurn Germany's diverse new national team

Neo-Nazis spurn Germany's diverse new national team

Germay's far-right scene rejects the new multicultural squad as un-German and says it can't identify. For many, it is consistent with their rejection of the entire democratic state. Germany may be awash with black, red and gold, as the national flag adorns cars, balconies and pubs. For neo-Nazis it is next to impossible to back…

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FARE Call for Roma Inclusion Projects

FARE Call for Roma Inclusion Projects

The Roma are one minority group who face widespread discrimination, unequal treatment and a lack of basic services – housing, employment, education and welfare – despite constitutionally guaranteed equal rights. Discrimination in access to basic amenities blights many Roma communities, in particular in Central and Eastern Europe. With the support of UEFA, the Football against…

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6th European Football Supporters Award

6th European Football Supporters Award

Established in 2005, the European Football Supporters Award, this year at its sixth edition. With the support of UEFA and its president Michel Platini, the organizers continue to pursue the goal they have set, namely to change the mindset in stadiums by promoting an atmosphere of conviviality. To follow this goal, EFSA annually reward a…

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Let's Kick Racism Out of Israeli Football campaign season report 2009/10

Let's Kick Racism Out of Israeli Football campaign season report 2009/10

In 2009/10, the KIO Israel campaign greatly increased educational efforts, including for the first time, a series of public events in Israel's major cities with major Jewish and Arab stars and Jewish and Arab youth to discuss racism. The campaign observed that there has been a 175% increase of educational activities by the clubs themselves…

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Fair Play Football Cup in Dublin

Fair Play Football Cup in Dublin

UNHCR Ireland & Sport Against Racism Ireland (SARI) invite to the Fair Play Football Cup to mark the World Refugee Day on June 20th 2010. On World Refugee Day, UNHCR recognises the strength and resolve of forcibly uprooted people and reaffirms its commitment to protect and find solutions for them. World Refugee Day is a…

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French State Secretary for Sport Rama Yade confirms her commitments towards the fight against homophobia in sport

French State Secretary for Sport Rama Yade confirms her commitments towards the fight against homophobia in sport

Alain Cayzac, former Chairman of Paris Saint-Germain and now Honorary Chairman of FARE member Paris Foot Gay, met representatives of the French Football, Rugby and Tennis Federations in the French Sport Ministry at the end of May. After this meeting an action plan against homophobia in sport was presented by the Ministry. This ambitious plan…

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English and German Fans’ Embassy teams to kick-off their activities at WC 2010

English and German Fans’ Embassy teams to kick-off their activities at WC 2010

The German and English Fans’ Embassy teams, both members of Football Supporters Europe (FSE), will provide comprehensive advice, information and support service to England and German fans at the upcoming World Cup in South Africa. Fans’ Embassies are important tools to reduce feelings of exclusion and insecurity among travelling football supporters. The English and German…

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Offside!: Radebe backs South African footballers in the UK exhibition

Offside!: Radebe backs South African footballers in the UK exhibition

A new exhibition about the story of South African footballers in the UK, researched by FARE partner Football Unites, Racism Divides (FURD), is about to open in time for the World Cup finals. The ‘Offside’ exhibition will be on display at the highly acclaimed District Six Museum in Cape Town, South Africa. Through an interactive…

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2nd EGLSF Conference Football Against Homophobia. Challenges for the future. Successful Berlin meeting of lesbian and gay football activists

2nd EGLSF Conference Football Against Homophobia.  Challenges for the future. Successful Berlin meeting of lesbian and gay football activists

More than 30 representatives from gay and lesbian football clubs, LGBT sports and football organizations, supporters’ groups and football alliances from countries all over Europe met in Berlin from 22nd to 23rd May at the 2nd Football against homophobia conference. The participants presented their various work and initiatives in the struggle against homophobia and for…

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Barcelona include anti-discrimination clause in Villa's contract

Barcelona include anti-discrimination clause in Villa's contract

Barcelona President Joan Laporta has revealed that the contract of the club's new signing Spain striker David Villa, is the first to include and anti-racism clause. It is the first time that a contract has been signed with an anti-racism clause included as introduced by the European Club Association, explained Laporta. From now on we…

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8th International FairPlay-Youth Tournament in Vienna

8th International FairPlay-Youth Tournament in Vienna

More than 300 kids from seven different countries will kick together from 22 to 24 May under the motto “Vienna meets Balkan”. The 8th International FairPlay-Youth Tournament will be organised from 22 to 24 May in Vienna and is backed by the City of Vienna. This intercultural tournament is part of the campaign Football Unites…

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Berlin hosts second meeting of gay and lesbian football groups

Berlin hosts second meeting of gay and lesbian football groups

The European Gay & Lesbian Sport Federation and the Football Against Racism in Europe network are to hold a meeting for queer football fans groups, clubs and organisations in Berlin. The meeting is part of FAREs Football for Equality programme and will see LGBT initiatives from across the continent gather to discuss the issues facing…

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'Europe All Inclusive? Minorities at the Edge of Society' – report on Budapest conference

'Europe All Inclusive? Minorities at the Edge of Society' – report on Budapest conference

The 'NEVER AGAIN' Association co-organized the international conference “Europe All Inclusive? Minorities at the Edge of Society”, which took place under the auspices of UNITED for Intercultural Action in Budapest, Hungary on 11-16 May. 91 delegates from 33 European countries participated, including three members of the Polish 'NEVER AGAIN' Association and its affiliated Anti-Nazi Groups….

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Slovak report on the manifests of racism, anti-Semitism, nationalism, neo-Nazism and other forms of intolerance in football

Slovak report on the manifests of racism, anti-Semitism, nationalism, neo-Nazism and other forms of intolerance in football

Civic Association and Slovak FARE partner People against Racism is publishing „The report on the manifests of racism, anti-Semitism, nationalism, neo-Nazism in football stadia“. The report includes information on positive initiatives aimed at countering such incidents and expressions. This document contains also photo documentation taken from various media or own sources. The report uses the…

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New exhibition in Berlin challenges taboos about Homosexuality and Sport

New exhibition in Berlin challenges taboos about Homosexuality and Sport

Performing professional sport and being a successful athlete while being homosexual are usually seen as a total contradiction. A new exhibition by the FARE partner European Gay and Lesbian Sport Federation (EGLSF) addresses the issue of gays and lesbians in sport. On 4 May Klaus Wowereit, Mayor of Berlin and Theo Zwanziger , president of…

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First UEFA Europa League Final sends out anti-racism message

First UEFA Europa League Final sends out anti-racism message

Tonight‘s first UEFA Europa League final between Club Atlético de Madrid and Fulham FC in Hamburg marks another milestone in the fight against discrimination in European football. UEFA, Football Against Racism in Europe (FARE) and the international players’ union FIFPro will jointly send out a clear „No to racism“ message. FARE‘s partnership with UEFA and…

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Senegalese striker calls upon racism in Romanian football

Senegalese striker calls upon racism in Romanian football

An unprecedented reaction came from the reputed Senegalese football player, Gueye Mansour, currently under contract with one of the best well known Romanian football clubs – FC Timisoara. Following the Liga 1 game with FC Otelul Galati, on the 1st of May 2010, the 24 year old Timisoara striker revolted against the constant swearing and…

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Successful FARE consultation meeting held in Kiev

Successful FARE consultation meeting held in Kiev

A Football Against Racism in Europe (FARE) consultation meeting took place in Kiev on 2nd May. The informal meeting was well attended, which illustrates a strong interest in common activities against racism in football among Ukrainian FARE partners. It is also a testimony to the networking work in Ukraine conducted by the 'NEVER AGAIN' Association…

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Tolerance Day For School Kids in Budaüest

Tolerance Day For School Kids in Budaüest

It was quite a different day and warm atmosphere for students of five schools in district 8 who participated in this year’s Tolerance Tournament organised by FARE partner Mahatma Gandhi Human Rights Organisation to promote harmony, peace and tranquillity among school children in Budapest. The tournament which took place at Orzy tér on Wednesday was…

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Never Again takes part in coaches' conference

Never Again takes part in coaches' conference

Polish anti-discrimination organisation Never Again has taken part in a conference with youth coaches organized by the Polish Ministry of Sport The event had the cooperation of Polish Former Players Association (PSBP), chaired by former Celtic and Bristol City striker Dariusz Dziekanowski, a supporter of the 'Lets Kick Racism out of Stadiums' campaign. Jacek Purski…

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“Now is the time for action” event highlighting the fight against racim in Turkish football

“Now is the time for action” event highlighting the fight against racim in Turkish football

From 1 to 4 May the newly established organisation FATAB – Futbolda Aktif Taraftalar Birligi organises workshops and exhibitions in the context of the 15th sport festival in Çanakkale/Turkey. For the first time an event is dedicated to the issue of the fight against racism and dirscrimination in football. In cooperation with the students association…

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Human rights: the focus of the 16th edition of the Antiracist World Cup

Human rights: the focus of the 16th edition of the Antiracist World Cup

We need everybody's financial support to ensure a future for this event Meanwhile, you can already register on our web site www.mondialiantirazzisti.org BOLOGNA – Preparation for the 16th Edition of the Antiracist world cup event has been under way for some time. The event has been organised by Uisp, Progetto Ultrà and Istoreco which, like…

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Stand Up Against Racism

Stand Up Against Racism

Show Racism the Red Card introduces a new strand of their anti-racist campaign: Stand Up Against Racism. Show Racism the Red Card is an anti-racist charity established in 1996 with the aim of harnessing the profile of professional sports personalities to combat racism through education. The idea for this work came about when Stephen K…

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Exhibition opening: 'Against the rules – lesbians and gays in sport' in Berlin

Exhibition opening: 'Against the rules – lesbians and gays in sport' in Berlin

Presented by the office for acceptance campaigns of the Ministry for Youth, Family and Health of the federal state of Nordrhein-Westfalen and produced by SC Janus, Cologne’s Centre for Gay History et al, the exhibition 'Against the rules – lesbians and gays in sport' is the first of its kind to address these issues. The…

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FARE fully supports the activities of the fan group Bijeli Anðeli

FARE fully supports the activities of the fan group Bijeli Anðeli

The Bijeli Anðeli, a fan group of NK Zagreb planned to participate at and contribute to the International Day Against Homophobia on 19 February 2010. They prepared some actions, amongst others a banner saying “With Football Against Homophobia” and a Rainbow Flag for the match. They also asked the club’s and media’s support to promote…

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First European Congress of Roma in Sports in Croatia

First European Congress of Roma in Sports in Croatia

The World Organisation of Roma in co-operation with the FARE network will organise the first European congress of Roma in sports „Football against racism, discrimination and poverty“ from 29 – 30 March 2010 in Zagreb. The World Organization of Roma will be solely responsible for the organisation of the event. The conference will discuss best…

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Hungarian FARE partner prepares Roma kids for tournament

Hungarian FARE partner prepares Roma kids for tournament

Some talented Roma kids are being prepared for a football tournament slated for 5th of May to be held at district 8 in downtown Budapest. This tournament is part of activities organised by the Mahatma Gandhi Human Rights Organisation (MGHRO) in the framework of the FARE Eastern European Development Project leading up to the UEFA…

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Tatort Stadion 2 – Football and Discrimination

Tatort Stadion 2 – Football and Discrimination

Updated version of the travelling exhibition debuts in Bremen Tatort Stadion (English name: Target Stadium) is an exhibition that was developed by the Federation of Active Football Fans (BAFF) in 2001 and has since been shown at almost two hundred locations. The exhibition was pioneering as it was the first to focus on the subject…

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Football unites – but one had to go

Football unites – but one had to go

The Austrian FARE partner FairPlay is supporting the www.fussballverbindet.org campaign against the deportation of a young footballer and his family. Bernard plays football. He is nine years old. Bernard is good, the most talented player ever to come out of his village, his coach says. He is popular among his teammates, his fellow pupils, their…

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How to fight racism in sport? A practical guide for football clubs

How to fight racism in sport? A practical guide for football clubs

The 'NEVER AGAIN' Association has released a toolkit entitled How to fight racism?. It contains practical guidelines and advice concerning the elimination of racist and xenophobic behaviour from stadiums and pitches. The toolkit is tailor-made for Polish football clubs. The manual has been prepared with the support of UEFA and the Football Against Racism in…

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Call for Participation: Development through Football Conference in Vienna (23-24 April)

Call for Participation: Development through Football Conference in Vienna (23-24 April)

Two months away from the first FIFA World Cup finals on the African continent, the “Development through Football – Sustaining the potential of the first African World Cup” conference will draw the attention of the public to the potential contribution of football in addressing poverty and promoting development initiatives. The 2-day Vienna conference (23-24 April…

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FSE Fans’ Action 2010 in Poland and Ukraine

FSE Fans’ Action 2010 in Poland and Ukraine

The Football Supporters Europe (FSE) network launches the FSE Fans’ Action 2010 in Poland and Ukraine. FSE financially supports outstanding (trans-)national fans’ initiatives and projects promoting a positive football supporters culture, including values such as international goodwill, fair play in preparation to EURO2012 . The grant is up to € 1000,- and includes activities organised…

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FARE gets behind International Day Against Homophobia in Football

FARE gets behind International Day Against Homophobia in Football

For the first time an International Day Against Homophobia in Football will raise awareness on the problem of homophobia in amateur and professional football. The Justin Campaign, named after the only out gay footballer, Justin Fashanu, are launching the initiative “Football v Homophobia”on February 19th 2010. The Justin Campaign was founded to demonstrate that ten…

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New ad against Homophobia in football by KIO and the FA

New ad against Homophobia in football by KIO and the FA

The Football Association and Kick It Out, football’s equality and inclusion campaign, have released a 60 second ad aimed at raising awareness of and tackling homophobic abuse in football. The film which has been described as “groundbreaking” by critics depicts acts of gay abuse in everyday life set against similar abuse inside a football stadium,…

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“I was derided as an indio during the game”

“I was derided as an indio during the game”

Interview with Alberto Rodriguez In Latin-American football racism is expressed by one word: indio. Alberto Rodriguez, one of the best defenders ever to come out of Mexico, talks about his experience of racism during his career. Alberto Rodriguez is currently contracted to CD Cruz Azul, who are based in the capital, Mexico City, and was…

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Open Invitation to teams International Women’s Football Tournament 4 ‒ 11 July 2010 in Berlin

Open Invitation to teams International Women’s Football Tournament 4 ‒ 11 July 2010 in Berlin

Football is contact. Football brings people together. Football is culture. In the run-up to the FIFA Women’s World Cup in 2011, Berlin will be the international centre for women’s football in 2010. Women’s football teams from all over the world are invited to compete for a place on the seven-a-side field. A jury will select…

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Kick racism out of Israeli football update

Kick racism out of Israeli football update

Maccabi Netanya fans have been awarded 1000 euros worth of football merchandise for being the Israeli Premier League's fairest fans in the first half of the 2009/10 season. The prize was awarded by the New Israeli Fund's (NIF) KIO Israel campaign, Israel FA, Israel ministry of public security (metzila) and the Ministry of Education. Maccabi…

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CAFE job advert: Eastern European Development Officer

CAFE job advert: Eastern European Development Officer

A new organisation has been set up to build on the good work of the National Association of Disabled Supporters in England and Wales across Europe, with the help of a funding award from UEFA. This organisation is CAFE – Centre for Access to Football in Europe. CAFE representatives participated in the FARE “Football for…

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Kick It Out seeks European Research partner

Kick It Out seeks European Research partner

UK FARE partner Kick It Out is seeking to appoint a research partner with experience, and/or an understanding, of conducting research within European football for a new and groundbreaking equality and diversity initiative. 1. Background We are working with partners within European football on a project that seeks to understand and address issues of the…

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An African Football Festival Mourns

An African Football Festival Mourns

The deadly attack on the Togolese bus two days before the beginning of the competition transformed the anticipated joy and hope into dismay, desperation and mourning. By hosting for the first time the fan and tradition rich Coupe d‘Afriques des Nations (CAN), the former civil war torn nation of Angola wanted to show the world…

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Paris Foot Gay takes up the fight against homophobia in France

Paris Foot Gay takes up the fight against homophobia in France

Early this week a notable article appeared in the German dailies Der Tagesspiegel and the Stuttgarter Zeitung. In it freelance journalist Matthias Sander highlights the work of FARE partner Paris Foot Gay and reports on the continuing existence of homophobia in football. France is no exception in this respect, but just one example among many….

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Tragedy for the Togo players

Tragedy for the Togo players

We join in the general condemnation of the terrible attack on the Togo football team during the African Cup of Nations and publish this press release by LISPED: “LISPED (Ligue Sportive pour la Promotion et la Défense des Droits de l’Homme – League of sports to promote and defend human rights) and the Réseau africain…

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Monitoring Centre Examines Racism in Football in the Ukraine

Monitoring Centre Examines Racism in Football in the Ukraine

FARE and NEVER AGAIN Association set up the East Europe Monitoring Centre with UEFA's support to monitor racism and xenophobia in Eastern Europe in the lead-up to the EURO 2012. The FARE (Football Against Racism in Europe) Eastern European Development Project administered by the 'NEVER AGAIN' Association includes a small grants pool for local anti-racism…

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