FA say Suarez guilty in landmark case

FA say Suarez guilty in landmark case

The Liverpool FC striker Luis Suárez was yesterday banned for eight matches and fined £40,000 after being found guilty of misconduct by “using insulting words towards” Patrice Evra of Manchester United. The allegations centred around an incident during a Premier League fixture between Liverpool and Manchester United at Anfield on 15 October, during which Evra…

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Let refugees play football say Italian campaigners

Let refugees play football say Italian campaigners

An Italian grassroots club has voiced its frustration at FIFA rules after being stopped from registering a Ghanaian teenager. Nuova Oregina of Genova wanted to register the 14-year-old refugee who has begun the process of being integrated into Italian life since playing football. Nuova Oregina were denied their request to register the youngster by the…

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French player given red card after claiming racial abuse by match official

French player given red card after claiming racial abuse by match official

French football has been hit by another race controversy after a professional footballer says he was racially abused by a linesman. Ligue de Football Professionnel (LFP) is investigating claims by Auxerre midfielder Kamel Chafni that linesman Johann Perruax had made a slur against him during his team's 1-0 defeat to Brest on Saturday. Morrocan Chafni,…

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Ukrainian stadiums mark UN Disability Day

Ukrainian stadiums mark UN Disability Day

Ukraine's National Assembly of Disabled People held a nationwide congress in Kyiv – under the slogan “A barrier-free Ukraine” – to coincide with the UN's International Day of Persons with Disabilities on 3 December. The conference, which focused on ensuring the rights of disabled supporters both before and during UEFA EURO 2012 in Poland and…

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Bradford City sign up to charter against homophobia and transphobia in sport

Bradford City sign up to charter against homophobia and transphobia in sport

Bradford City became the third professional club in England to sign up to the Government’s charter which seeks to take action against homophobia and transphobia in sport. The Bantams signed up to the charter prior to their 1-1 draw with Plymouth Argyle on Saturday (10) and join Wycombe Wanderers and Charlton Athletic, who have also…

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An old story of football almost starts a new one between regional rivals

An old story of football almost starts a new one between regional rivals

New Delhi: For nearly 12 years, Pakistan’s veteran goalkeeper and skipper at the South Asian Football Federation (SAFF) cup, Jaffar Khan has crouched underneath the bar, brow writ tightly in concentration, tasked with preventing opposition teams from scoring against his country. However, just a few years ago he switched sides, defending the posts instead for…

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Centralised platform for women’s football launched on UEFA.com

Centralised platform for women’s football launched on UEFA.com

UEFA has launched a women’s football online section on UEFA.com, dedicated to women’s football competitions and the development of the game amongst women. The European football governing body says that with over 80 million visitors this year to date, UEFA.com will house exhaustive coverage of all of UEFA’s women’s competitions, and European women’s national leagues,…

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Judan Ali's mission to become English Premier League's first British Asian manager

Judan Ali's mission to become English Premier League's first British Asian manager

A former aspiring footballer from England who suffered from years of racial abuse has set his sights on becoming the first British Asian to manage in the Premier League. Judan Ali is one of a number of individuals from Britain's Asian community, which makes up over five percent of the population, who have been fighting…

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“EURO 2012 Respect Inclusion – Football with No Limits” Project Coordinator – Poland

“EURO 2012 Respect Inclusion – Football with No Limits” Project Coordinator – Poland

EURO 2012 Respect Inclusion – Football with No Limits Project Coordinator – Poland CAFE – Centre for Access to Football in Europe (www.cafefootball.eu) – is a UK based European wide charity promoting improved access to football for disabled people and raising disability awareness across the regions. CAFE was established in 2009 following the prestigious award…

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European Seminar “Involving Young Migrants in Winter Sports”

European Seminar “Involving Young Migrants in Winter Sports”

A multipliers’ seminar, the first of its kind in Europe to address the issue of minority involvement in winter sport and the question of the exclusion of traditional immigrant communities, with a focus on the Alpine region and Scandinavia is taking place in Innsbruck on 12 January 2012, one day before the opening of the…

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Edgar Davids: Football not tackling racism

Edgar Davids: Football not tackling racism

Former Dutch football star Edgar Davids has called on authorities to take a stronger stance against racism. Davids, who has been embroiled in a racism row with his country's soccer icon Johan Cruyff, told CNN that the problem is not being addressed despite all the recent publicity surrounding controversial remarks made by FIFA president Sepp…

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NEVER AGAIN features in CNN report on EURO 2012

NEVER AGAIN features in CNN report on EURO 2012

With just seven months to go until Poland and Ukraine host the UEFA European Championships 2012, the two nations are gearing to opening their doors to fans from across Europe. But there is still concern over whether players as well as fans will be able to enjoy watching from the stands with threat of racism…

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Italian players union chief advises gay players not to come out

Italian players union chief advises gay players not to come out

The head of Italy's players union Damiano Tommasi has apparently advised gay footballers against coming out. The former Roma and Italian international said players openly admitting their sexuality could lead to embarrassment and awkwardness and discouraged it. Speaking on an Italian TV show with journalist Klaus Davi, Tommasi said that homosexuality was still a taboo…

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2014 World Cup hosts Brazil launches anti-racism drive

2014 World Cup hosts Brazil launches anti-racism drive

The hosts of the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil have launched a campaign against racism in sport, with the country’s football authorities naming this weekend’s penultimate round of matches in the Brazilian championship as the “Round against Racism”. Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) president Ricardo Teixeira (pictured right) rebuffed FIFA president Sepp Blatter’s comments made earlier…

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FARE statement on Sepp Blatter comments about racism

FARE statement on Sepp Blatter comments about racism

FARE has expressed its shock at the comments made by FIFA president Sepp Blatter on racism in football. Executive Director Piara Powar today commented, “Sepp Blatter’s comments about player-on-player racism are at best naïve, and at worst, display ignorance of a long recognised problem. They undermine the good work of a global movement against discrimination…

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Great response as football fans unite against racist EDL

Great response as football fans unite against racist EDL

Antifascist football fans have been leafleting grounds around the country with the Unite Against Fascism 2011/12 season show the EDL the Red Card leaflet. Our message, opposing the racists and fascists of the English Defence League has gone down well with fans, whatever club they follow. Trevor, a Nottingham Forest fan who helped leaflet a…

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Football Tournament to mark International Day against Fascism and Anti-Semitism

Football Tournament to mark International Day against Fascism and Anti-Semitism

November 9th represents a symbolic date in the European calendar. On this day in 1938 the Nazis started a pogrom against the Jews. Next month there will be a series of events taking place across Europe to remember these atrocities and take a stand against prejudice and discrimination. In Georgia the Youth Association DRONI are…

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The conclusion of the 12th edition of Action Week, European campaign against racism in football

The conclusion of the 12th edition of Action Week, European campaign against racism in football

Uisp coordinated 13 initiatives throughout Italy, from Varese to Cosenza Rome, October 27. Fifty football teams were involved from Sampdoria to San Precaro of Padova, which competes in the 3rd division. Furthermore: eight hundred players took the field and three thousand participants between spectators, organizers, and fan clubs. These are just a few of the…

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Pre-Launch event of the LGBT History Month

Pre-Launch event of the LGBT History Month

LGBT History Month, celebrated every February is holding its pre-launch on 21 November 2011 at the Kia Oval/London. The theme of LGBT History Month 2012, which will be celebrated by more than 1,000 events throughout the UK, is SPORT. In the year of the London Olympic Games, LGBT History Month encourages us to reflect on…

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Clubs celebrate ‘Football People’ during European games

Clubs celebrate ‘Football People’ during European games

Del Bosque and Platini offer support to activities Spain coach Vincent Del Bosque this week gave his support for a period of activities that have become amongst the biggest social projects in European sport. The boost from the Spanish legend came as the UEFA Champions League and Europa League games featured messages in support of…

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Europe unites against discrimination in football

Europe unites against discrimination in football

We are all ‘Football People’ is the message The Football People Action Weeks kicked-off earlier this week with grassroots activities at the heart of the campaign alongside messages from the highest levels of football in Italy, Slovakia and from UEFA. This weekend will see the numbers of actions grow momentum to reach more than 40…

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Polish top flight launch anti-racism campaign

Polish top flight launch anti-racism campaign

Polish football clubs will launch a landmark anti-racism campaign during this weekend's top flight action, the country's league said Thursday, as Euro 2012 puts stadium racism and hooliganism in sharp focus. In a joint statement, the 16-club Ekstraklasa — Poland's first division — and the Warsaw-based body Never Again said that announcers would read out…

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UEFA charges Legia Warsaw over fans’ anti-Semitic ‘Jihad’ Banner

UEFA charges Legia Warsaw over fans’  anti-Semitic ‘Jihad’ Banner

Legia Warsaw has been charged by UEFA after its fans unfurled a anti-Semitic banner banner before a Europa League game against Israel’s Hapoel Tel Aviv. The Polish club’s fans displayed a green banner spelling out “Jihad Legia” in Arabic-style script across one end of the Pepsi Arena on Sept. 29. UEFA rules prohibit acts of…

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Building links with the Gypsy, Roma or Traveller communities in the UK- a development day for professional clubs

Building links with the Gypsy, Roma or Traveller communities in the UK- a development day for professional clubs

Kick It Out, FARE’S partner organisation in England has organised a one-day workshop to act upon the widespread discrimination and lack of opportunities that Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities face in the UK. Discrimination of Roma The event comes at an important time, with the worrying rise of anti-Roma discrimination presenting a real problem within…

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Del Bosque heads star line-up for FARE Malaga conference

Del Bosque heads star line-up for FARE Malaga conference

Spain coach Vicente Del Bosque will be the guest speaker at a one-day conference organised by the FARE network with the Extratime Foundation later this month. The conference Sharing Values: Social Inclusion, Best Practices in Spanish Football, is to be hosted at Malaga University in the ancient splendour of Malaga City. It will be a…

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Commissioner Vassiliou calls for more action to tackle structural inequality

Commissioner Vassiliou calls for more action to tackle structural inequality

The European Commission’s leading voice on issues related to sport, culture and youth has called for urgent action by sports governing bodies to reflect society or risk becoming detached. Speaking at a conference in the European Parliament organized by the FARE network with Emine Bozkurt MEP, Commissoner Androulla Vassiliou urged sports governing bodies to “better…

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Football People prepare FARE Action Weeks

Football People prepare FARE Action Weeks

As network members prepare to launch one of the most highly visible community and social inclusion campaigns in the world, this years FARE Action Weeks will take place in a 40 countries across Europe. The activities are many and varied, there will be fan choreographies, school events, exhibitions, and other community-based actions alongside community events,…

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EGLSF seek consultant to work in Eastern and Central Europe

EGLSF seek consultant to work in Eastern and Central Europe

FARE strategic partner EGLSF is recruiting a suitably qualified and experienced individual, to work on a consultancy basis for two years to develop key projects in Central & Eastern Europe. These projects form part of the Federation’s strategy to broaden the reach of its work, increase impact and strengthen partnerships in the region. This tender…

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We are FOOTBALL PEOPLE – Join the FARE action weeks 2011

We are FOOTBALL PEOPLE – Join the FARE action weeks 2011

12 – 25 October 2011 The 2011 FARE Action Weeks are themed Football People. Our aim is to challenge discrimination and celebrate the contribution we all make to football, wherever we live, whatever our connection to the game, or our background. The weeks aim to encourage initiatives and activities to address problems, or celebrate success,…

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'Never Again' Association shares anti-racism expereince in Kazan/Russia

'Never Again' Association shares anti-racism expereince in Kazan/Russia

Members of the 'NEVER AGAIN' Association held meetings with authorities and civil society leaders in several cities across the Russian Federation between 26-30 September 2011. They discussed future cooperation and exchange of experiences in the struggle against racism and xenophobia in the lead up to the 2018 World Cup to be held in Russia. Among…

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'Total Football – Total Access' – 1st CAFE European Conference 2011 a great success

'Total Football – Total Access' – 1st CAFE European Conference 2011  a great success

The first ever Total Football, Total Access European conference, which was held last weekend at Wembley Stadium, has been hailed as a resounding success by its organisers, FARE partners, CAFE (Centre for Access to Football in Europe). Over 170 Participants The conference welcomed over 170 delegates from 18 different countries to London to meet, listen…

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Belgian football authorities launch Respect United

Belgian football authorities launch Respect United

The referee heard the insulting chants toward French-speaking Walloons cascading from the stands, and he had enough. The Belgian league game between Racing Genk of Dutch-speaking Flanders against Standard Liege, the biggest club in Wallonia. The Flemish fans started hurling scatological insults in French at rival fans, prompting referee Jerome N'Zolo to stop the game….

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Paris Foot Gay: video against homophobia

Paris Foot Gay: video against homophobia

For the first time ever in French professional football players publicly take part in a video against homophobia. Remarkable is the participation of the Professional Football League's president, the one and only french football institution who sustains the activities of Pars Foot Gay since 2008. Not to forget the remarkable presence of the President of…

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Commissioner Vassiliou to speak at FARE conference in Euro Parliament

Commissioner Vassiliou to speak at FARE conference in Euro Parliament

The FARE network is holding a one-day conference with Emine Bozkurt MEP in the European Parliament in Brussels later this month on two key issues facing sport – tackling discrimination and fighting match fixing. A range of speakers from the world of sport, civil society and the European Parliament will join Androulla Vassiliou, the European…

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European Conference on Women in Sport kicks-off in London

European Conference on Women in Sport kicks-off in London

The European Women in Sport Conference 2011 will kick-off today with sports governing bodies, athletes, coaches, grassroots groups and government representatives in attendance. The conference is a joint event from the European Women and Sport and the Council of Europe through EPAS (Enlarged Partial Agreement on Sport) and brings together sports leaders and opinion formers…

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European Conference in Vienna to look at Social Inclusion in Sport

European Conference in Vienna to look at Social Inclusion in Sport

Partners of the European Union funded Sport Inclusion Network – SPIN initiative will host a conference to highlight the issues facing ethnic minorities and migrants in sport in less than two weeks. The conference, ‘Sport and Integration: Challenging social exclusion in and through sport’, to be held in Vienna on 19-20 September 2011, will attract…

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Germany captain Lahm uses autobiography to say he is not gay, but adds in his own controversial advice

Germany captain Lahm uses autobiography to say he is not gay, but adds in his own controversial advice

If you type the name of Philipp Lahm into the Google search engine the first thing its “autocomplete” feature throws up about Germany’s national football captain is “Philipp Lahm schwul” – “Philipp Lahm gay”. As the autocomplete algorithm indicates, the 27-year-old’s sexuality is the subject of considerable speculation in Germany since he rose to fame…

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12th FARE Action Week 2011 – Football for Equality support for small activities

12th FARE Action Week 2011 – Football for Equality support for small activities

As in 2010 the Football for Equality project offers support for small activities against racism, discrimination and homophobia. The partner organisations of the “Football for Equality” project, that is co-funded by the European Union’s Fundamental Rights and Citizenship Programme, are pleased to announce its “Football for Equality” support programme in the framework of the FARE…

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Paris Homeless World Cup ends with Scotland and Kenya champions

Paris Homeless World Cup ends with Scotland and Kenya champions

On Sunday (28 August) one of the best social intervention projects in football, the Homeless World Cup, reached it’s 2011 finale. The event, staged in Paris this year, ended with the men’s team from Scotland and the Kenyan women’s side taking home the trophies, both overcoming Mexico in their respective finals. The Homeless World Cup,…

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International conference on sport and homophobia

International conference on sport and homophobia

In partnership with the universities of Lyon and Montpellier, the Fédération Sportive Gaie et Lesbienne (FSGL) organises an international conference themed: “Sport and homosexuals, sport for homosexuals: models of integration, examples of rejection.”. With the support of FARE partners EGLSF (European Gay and Lesbian Federation) and the Federation of Gay Games, the conference will take…

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People Against Racism to launch thematic brochure on Roma and football

People Against Racism to launch thematic brochure on Roma and football

Slovak FARE member NGO People Against Racism / Ľudia proti rasizmu launched the thematic brochure “The Roma and Football – The Most Popular Game As A Tool Of Ethnic Minorities Integration”. The publication is available in PDF format in English. It tells about the problem of underepresentation of minorities in Slovak but also in Central…

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NEVER AGAIN present anti-racism monitoring project in Polish Parliament

NEVER AGAIN present anti-racism monitoring project in Polish Parliament

On 18 August 2011, at the invitation of the Polish Parliament’s National and Ethnic Minorities Committee, the NEVER AGAIN Association presented its activities against racism and xenophobia in football stadiums in the lead up to EURO 2012. “Polish football is often quite multi-cultural, which is emblematic of broader demographic changes across Europe, but the situation…

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Oman international goalkeeper Al Habsi: Racism is a loathsome act

Oman international goalkeeper Al Habsi: Racism is a loathsome act

Oman international goalkeeper Ali Al Habsi is one of the finest Arab footballers of his generation, and plies his trade in one of the toughest championships in the world: the English Premier League. However, the 29-year-old’s journey to the top has been far from straightforward, and he has had to overcome various obstacles along the…

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Join FARE – FARE Action Week Volunteer Opportunity

Join FARE – FARE Action Week Volunteer Opportunity

Overview The FARE network is looking for a proactive and flexible volunteer to assist the Programmes Co-ordinator in the London secretariat of the organisation. The volunteer will be responsible for providing administrative support as well as for carrying out research and assisting in the planning, co-ordination and delivery of the activities of the FARE Action…

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Launch of free educational database to challenge discrimination

Launch of free educational database to challenge discrimination

A new ‘toolkit’ of free, quality online educational resources has been launched, bringing together material from across Europe that uses football to challenge racism and homophobia. The database includes resources in several European languages that have been created by football clubs, teachers, coaches, fans and equality groups. It includes short films, education packs, quizzes, competitions,…

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'Let's kick racism out of the stadiums' success at Europe's biggest festival

'Let's kick racism out of the stadiums' success at Europe's biggest festival

The ‘NEVER AGAIN’ Association promoted the anti-racist message at Polish Woodstock – Europe’s biggest non-commercial open-air music festival which attracted about 700,000 participants to Kostrzyn near the Polish-German border on 4-6 August 2011. The anti-racist activities included a football tournament and a special show game with the Ethnoleague Stars, a mixed multi-cultural team involving minorities,…

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European Conference “Sport and Integration: Challenging social exclusion in and through sport” Vienna, 19-20 September 2011

European Conference “Sport and Integration: Challenging social exclusion in and through sport” Vienna, 19-20 September 2011

Call for Participation The under-representation of migrants and their exclusion from positions of authority and the lack of advancement of minorities in non-playing positions is an open secret in European sport. As part of a the European project “SPIN – Sport Inclusion Network” the Austrian FARE partner FairPlay-VIDC together with the SPIN project partners organise…

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Fears raised about hate groups in British football

Fears raised about hate groups in British football

The head of British football’s diversity and equality group warns that we should be aware of extremists infiltrating the game, citing the massacre in Norway as a wake-up call. Herman Ouseley, chairman of Kick It Out and a member of the House of Lords, fears right-wing hard-liners could exploit the country's economic troubles, with “massive…

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Football tournament helps bring together youth in Norway

Football tournament helps bring together youth in Norway

Survivors of the July 22 attacks were among more than 30,000 girls and boys who kicked off the Norway Cup last weekend, one of the world's biggest football tournaments. The annual event went ahead in the wake of the attacks in Oslo and on the nearby island of Utoeya that killed 77 people. Some of…

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1st CAFE European Conference – Total Football, Total Access

1st CAFE European Conference – Total Football, Total Access

Wembley Stadium in London, England, will be host to the first ever conference held by the Centre for Access to Football in Europe (CAFE) on 24th and 25th September 2011. The conference, ‘Total Football, Total Access’, will see football dignitaries, stadium managers, architects, club representatives, disabled fans and non-disabled fans meet to discuss making European…

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„Stronger Together – Football Unites“ – Workshop in Belgrade on August 4, 2011

„Stronger Together – Football Unites“ – Workshop in Belgrade on August 4, 2011

Final tournament of the Balkaniade 2011 in Cuprija (Serbia) Workshop Within the ongoing projects realised by the Balkan Alpe Adria Project, the workshop “Stronger Together – Football Unites” will be held on 4 August in Belgrade. International guests will exchange opinions on the topic “International dialogue and multicultural fan work on the Balkans”. Further the…

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Underdogs Japan line-up against the USA in Women’s Word Cup final

Underdogs Japan line-up against the USA in Women’s Word Cup final

A highly successful Women’s World Cup reaches its climax this Sunday as former winners and favourites USA take on Japan. The month-long finals, hosted by Germany, have been lauded for the excitement of games, high attendances and boost they have given to women’s football globally. Boost for Japan Japan have never defeated the US in…

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FIFA Anti-Discrimination Day takes place at Women's world cup semi-finals

FIFA Anti-Discrimination Day takes place at Women's world cup semi-finals

The semi-finals of the Women's world cup in Germany will be used as the platform for the tenth FIFA Anti-Discrimination day on Wednesday (13). The annual event is designed for FIFA to send out a a clear statement to millions of people around the world about football’s united stance against any kind of discrimination, be…

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Czech Roma football club facing exclusion due to racist attacks

Czech Roma football club facing exclusion due to racist attacks

Disciplinary fines could close FC Děčín; it’s chairman says many incidents were sparked by racist abuse A Czech football club composed of Roma players which has been threatened with closure because of its mounting disciplinary fines, says that many of the incidents it has been involved in were caused by racist remarks and will lead…

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Mondiali brings together thousands against discrimination in Italy

Mondiali brings together thousands against discrimination in Italy

Thousands of amateur footballers, football fans and supporters of the anti- discrimination movement from across Europe, have been gathering in Northern Italy to show their solidarity for global struggles against discrimination. A giant banner reading No To Sexism greets visitors to the Mondiali Antirazzisti in the small northern town of Castlefranco Emilia, near Modena, this…

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New Israel Fund reports success: Racism in Israeli Football Falls 39%

New Israel Fund reports success: Racism in Israeli Football Falls 39%

New Israel Fund's (NIF) Let's Kick Racism Out of Israeli Football campaign has completed activities for the 2010/11 season – its eighth year of activities. NIF's observers reported an impressive 39% fall in racist chanting over the season and found that much of this reduction can be explained by a growing phenomena – supporters booing…

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Join FARE

Join FARE

The FARE network is looking to recruit two full time staff members to the team – a Programmes Co-ordinator and a Partnership Development Officer. You will be dynamic, able to work on your own initiative with a diverse skill set that includes an understanding of how European institutions work, the role that sport plays as…

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Hosting of FARE General Meeting and Action Weeks launch

Hosting of FARE General Meeting and Action Weeks launch

Open Call The FARE Network will be holding its first General Meeting in October 2011. The event will be timed to take place with the launch of the annual Action Weeks. As the first meeting of this kind we are keen to offer the opportunity to host the meeting to interested parties. The potential host…

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Warsaw conference launches FARE Euro 2012 activities

Warsaw conference launches FARE Euro 2012 activities

With a year left to go before Euro 2012 kicks off activists and campaigners from across Eastern Europe were joined by Polish government officials last week to launch the FARE programme for Poland and Ukraine. A conference at the Polish parliament heard from fan activists, ethnic minority groups and government ministers on the issues facing…

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Young Dutch make waves in Serbia underlining message of “Stronger Together”

Young Dutch make waves in Serbia underlining message of “Stronger Together”

As a young multi-cultural Dutch team made headlines earlier this summer, winning the UEFA European U-17's championships by not conceding a single goal until the final against Germany, another story came to the fore during the championships in Serbia. The Serbian FA (FAS) led a campaign called Stronger Together through the tournament putting a focus…

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Problems in Greece but Athens round- table a success

Problems in Greece but Athens round- table a success

Against a background of economic turmoil, and as the self- suspension of the Greek FA to clean up football in the country continues, a roundtable organised by the FARE network brought together football stakeholders in Athens in April. The meeting was in response to the rising number of racist and xenophobic incidents in Greek stadiums,…

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UEFA appoint woman to Executive Committee

UEFA appoint woman to Executive Committee

The European governing body of football UEFA, today announced the appointment of a woman, Norwegian Karen Espelund, to its Executive Committee “as a member by invitation”. The historic move comes after the UEFA Congress agreed in March to co-opt a woman onto European football’s highest body. President Michel Platini told the Paris Congress, “we must…

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New European Football Refugee Day initiative receives backing from UN High Commissioner for Refugees

New European Football Refugee Day initiative receives backing from UN High Commissioner for Refugees

A group of NGOs and football organisations are launching a new European initiative to mark the UN World Refugee Day on the 20th of June. The European Football Refugee Day celebrates the power of football to overcome the exclusion of refugees and asylum seekers. It also highlights the contribution of refugees to the game. Over…

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Photo exhibition: Insights from the outside – Ukrainean Football Culture in the run-up to Euro 2012

Photo exhibition: Insights from the outside – Ukrainean Football Culture in the run-up to Euro 2012

A new photo exhibition initiated by a German fan initaitive gives insights into Ukrainean football culture. It will be launched 21 August The Euros 2012 will take place in Poland and the Ukraine – countries not very well known to most German football fans. Long before this international event was planned, the Schalke fan initiative…

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FARE urges FIFA to overturn Hijab ban

FARE urges FIFA to overturn Hijab ban

The FARE Network have called on FIFA to change the rules of football to reverse the ban on religious headwear adopted by the world governing body, a ban that was reaffirmed this week for football at the 2012 Olympic Games. The network argues that the ban affects the ability of religious minorities to participate in…

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Warsaw conference to launch FARE Euro 2012 activities

Warsaw  conference to launch FARE Euro 2012 activities

The Never Again Association will this week host a conference to launch the FARE programme to challenge extremism and racism at next years UEFA European Championships in Poland and Ukraine. An audience of Polish government ministers, European activists, former players and representatives of governing bodies of football will attend the Polish Parliament for an expert…

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FARE Research round-table: Call for participation

FARE Research round-table: Call for participation

The FARE network is calling a meeting of European- based academics with experience in examining how race and wider equality issues have impacted through overt and covert discrimination in sport society. The meeting will take place in early August 2011. The participants in the meeting will be a mix of invited researchers and through an…

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Volunteer for FARE at the Mondiali Antirazzisti

Volunteer for FARE at the Mondiali Antirazzisti

The Mondiali Antirazzisti is a multi-cultural festival in northern Italy, with teams from fan groups, migrant organisations and NGO’s across the world taking part in a four day festival of football, workshops, music and other sports. This summer the event kicks off on the 8th July near Modena. The non-competitive Mondiali was first established in…

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European Disability Charity to stage inaugural conference at the Poland National Stadium

European Disability Charity to stage inaugural conference at the Poland National Stadium

The brand new National Football Stadium in Warsaw, Poland, will play host to the first ever conference held by the Centre for Access to Football in Europe (CAFE) on 24th and 25th September 2011. The conference, ‘Total Access, Total Football’, will see football dignitaries, stadium managers, architects, club representatives and disabled fans meet to discuss…

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'Never Again' founder receives distinction from Polish President

'Never Again' founder receives distinction from Polish President

On 4 June, the Polish Freedom Day, President Bronislaw Komorowski awarded a high-level state distinction, the Officer’s Cross of the Order Polonia Restituta, to Marcin Kornak, the founder and chairman of the anti-racist ‘NEVER AGAIN’ Association. ‘Poland really needs your activity. Thank you!’ said President Komorowski congratulating the ‘NEVER AGAIN’ leader. The President met with…

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'Keep it Up!' says Obama to Polish anti-racists – FARE partner in meeting with US President

'Keep it Up!' says Obama to Polish anti-racists – FARE partner in meeting with US President

US President Barack Obama offered encouragement to leaders of the Never Again association last week during a meeting with a delegation of Polish leaders and civil society organisations The meeting in Warsaw on May 28th, during the US leader’s trip to European capitals saw him meet with the Polish President, Prime Minister, parliamentarians and NGO’s…

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New laws for Scotland as fan groups face pressure over self-policing

New laws for Scotland as fan groups face pressure over self-policing

Stringent new laws to tackle sectarianism could be in place by the start of the next Scottish football season after proposals won the support of the new Scottish cabinet. Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond's new-look team backed the proposed legislation at its first meeting since the SNP's election victory, in response to what is seen…

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Open letter by Croatian LGBT group calls for action to end homophobia

Open letter by Croatian LGBT group calls for action to end homophobia

HELP US STOP HOMOPHOBIA CROATIAN FOOTBALL! We are writing to you with the intent of drawing your attention to the repeated homophobic statements given to the media by the President of the Croatian Football Federation VLATKO MARKOVIĆ and the executive president of FC Dinamo Zagreb ZDRAVKO MAMIĆ. The facts and contents of this letter are…

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“Stronger Together” – Antiracism activities at UEFA U 17 Championship in Serbia

“Stronger Together” – Antiracism activities at UEFA U 17 Championship in Serbia

Serbia hosts the 2011 European Under-17 Championship between 3rd and 15th May, which marks the 10th anniversary of the competition. The tournament is themed “Stronger Together” which implies the idea of spreading the message of antiracism, antinationalism and antidiscrimination in football. “Stronger Together” is organised by the FARE the partners Balkan Alpe Adria Project (BAAP),…

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LICRA calls for inquiry into French quotas to be widened

LICRA calls for inquiry into French quotas to be widened

As two inquiries into the quota affair by the French Sports Ministry and French FA reported on Tuesday, LICRA say they are disappointed by the focus of the investigations and the public debate since the story was first revealed by the Mediapart website. A spokesperson for the French FARE partner said yesterday, “In our view…

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“We are not surprised at French FA revelations” say LICRA

“We are not surprised at French FA revelations” say LICRA

French FARE partner LICRA (Ligue Internationale Contre le Racisme et l'Antisémitisme) has welcomed the recent revelations of negative quotas in football by the Mediapart website, saying it is “unsurprised” at the findings. A story published last week alleges that that the French FA has tried to set up quotas to reduce the proportion of black…

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France football faces crisis over alleged cap on numbers of ethnic minority players

France football faces crisis over alleged cap on numbers of ethnic minority players

Senior heads of national team allegedly approved system to limit black players and those of north African origin Commentators say France has been plunged into a race crisis after claims that football officials tried to limit black and Arab players on youth training schemes to make the French team more white. The French Football Federation…

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Statement from FARE following the charging of Rangers FC

Statement from FARE following the charging of Rangers FC

UEFA have opened disciplinary proceedings against Rangers FC following allegations of sectarian singing during both legs of last month’s Europa League matches against PSV Eindhoven. Piara Powar, Executive Director of the FARE network commented today, “I can confirm that FARE submitted separate observer reports to UEFA following each of Rangers two Europa League games against…

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Report highlights levels of racism in Polish and Ukrainian football

Report highlights levels of racism in Polish and Ukrainian football

A new report from a Warsaw based anti-racism group documents the number of racist and discriminatory incidents in the host countries for the 2012 European Championships. The report called “Hateful” has been produced by the Never Again Association, as part of the FARE network Eastern European Monitoring Centre. It covers an 18 month period from…

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“We must find a way to break glass ceiling” says Platini as UEFA makes decision to quota a place for a woman

“We must find a way to break glass ceiling” says Platini as UEFA makes decision to quota a place for a woman

“We must a find a way to break the glass ceiling preventing women from reaching positions of responsibility within our organisations,” announced Michel Platini the UEFA President in Paris on Tuesday, as he outlined an initiative to appoint a woman onto the UEFA Executive Committee. The highest body of European football had voted the day…

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English FA pay tribute to the granddaughter of the first black professional footballer

English FA pay tribute to the granddaughter of the first black professional footballer

The role of a Yorkshire grandmother in discovering the history of the first black professional footballer is to be recognised by the English FA before England’s friendly with Ghana at Wembley on 29th March. Sheila Leeson, from Rotherham, is the granddaughter of Arthur Wharton whose remarkable sporting feats – which included becoming the world’s fastest…

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Zenit look into racism claims

Zenit look into racism claims

Zenit St Petersburg have launched an investigation into an alleged incident of racist abuse involving former Brazil international Roberto Carlos. The 37-year-old full-back, who now plies his trade for Russian outfit Anzhi Makhachkala, was apparently taunted by Zenit fans prior to his side's 2-0 defeat to the reigning Premier Liga champions on Monday. A photograph…

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Football for Equality Seminar in Bratislava – Call for Participation

Football for Equality Seminar in Bratislava – Call for Participation

A European seminar to be hosted by the Slovak FARE partner organization – People against Racism – will focus on issues of anti-Roma prejudice and discrimination as well as homophobia in sport in Central and Eastern Europe. The event takes place on 8-10 April in the Slovak capital Bratislava and will attract a group of…

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Reporting abuse and discrimination in football

Reporting abuse and discrimination in football

FARE believes in an inclusive sport free of discrimination, however not everybody shares our vision. Reporting abuse and discrimination is one means through which we can highlight issues and challenge denial. FARE can help you to make reports and ensure appropriate action is taken. It may not be possible to take action in each case,…

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Greece roundtable announced as situation takes turn for worse

Greece roundtable announced as situation takes turn for worse

FARE has announced the dates of a long- planned roundtable in Greece, as football in the country faces a difficult future with allegations of match-fixing and hooliganism, preceded by growing incidents of racism and xenophobia in recent months. The incidents of abuse came to a head with insults directed at Albanian international Kristi Vangjeli of…

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Marcus Urban – German pioneer

Marcus Urban – German pioneer

“Freeing yourself from the burden of hiding can lead to a higher level of performance as a player” Marcus Urban works as a communications consultant and artist in Hamburg. In the 1980s however, he was an East German football champion with the youth team of FC Rot Weiss Erfurt, he played for the GDR youth…

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Swedish footballer comes out as gay

Swedish footballer comes out as gay

Anton Hysen, the son of former Liverpool FC defender Glenn Hysen, has become the only openly gay professional footballer in Europe. The 20-year-old, who plays in the Swedish second division for Utsiktens BK, coached by his father Glenn, comes from a footballing family with his older brothers Tobias and Alexander also both playing professionally. Hysen…

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“One square metre of freedom”: Liberi Nantes begin appeal to clean up ground

“One square metre of freedom”: Liberi Nantes begin appeal to clean up ground

A Roman amateur club that works with refugees and asylum seekers has launched a scheme to allow supporters to buy sections of their ground to help rebuild it and offer it as a community anti- discrimination space. Symbolic space Liberi Nantes were given the lease of the ground, the XXV Aprile sports facility, in the…

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Bhebhe hits mark as Poland's first black champion

Bhebhe hits mark as Poland's first black champion

Rising sports star Urszula Bhebhe has made her mark as Poland's first black athletics champion, a watershed in this nation which has a minuscule minority community. Bhebhe won gold in the 60-metre hurdles at the weekend's Polish indoor championships with a time of 8.43 seconds, results showed. The 19-year-old competes for AZS AWF, the team…

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Cissé says “enough is enough” as Athens derby ends in racism and violence

Cissé says “enough is enough” as Athens derby ends in racism and violence

A highly charged Athens Derby on Saturday night between arch-rivals Olympiakos and Panathinaikos, ended in scenes of players being attacked by fans and has led to calls for the Greek FA to take action against racism. Olympiakos fans charged onto the pitch at the final whistle as Panathinaikos players were attacked. About a dozen fans…

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CAFE European Conference: Total Access, Total Football

CAFE European Conference: Total Access, Total Football

The Centre for Access to Football in Europe (CAFE) have announced the dates of their first ever conference to take place in Warsaw in September 2011. CAFE is a FARE partner lobbying for the rights of disabled fans and offers support and guidance to all stakeholders in football to improve stadium facilities and services for…

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Czech league working to combat racism

Czech league working to combat racism

The issue of racism in eastern Europe threatens to cast a shadow over next year's European Championships. Backpage Football looks at how the issue is being dealt with in the Czech Republic. Throughout central and eastern Europe, dark-skinned players are subjected to racist abuse from home and away fans, and sometimes even their own club…

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Canadian governing body approves new structure

Canadian governing body approves new structure

The Canadian Soccer Association (CSA) approved a series of major changes to its governance structure last week (5 February 2011). The CSA agreed to reduce its board from 20 to 13 directors and also stipulated that a minimum of three women should serve as members. The amendments were approved during a special general meeting and…

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Football v Homophobia 2011 – Get Involved!

Football v Homophobia 2011 – Get Involved!

The Justin Campaign is launching the second annual annual Football v Homophobia day on 19 February 2011. Football v Homophobia is an international initiative which aims to unite communities and clubs in their opposition to homophobia in football. It is expected that the day will lead to activities taking place worldwide. The campaign is named…

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Antiracist Workshops for UEFA EURO 2012 Stewards

Antiracist Workshops for UEFA EURO 2012 Stewards

The Polish FARE partner organisation “NEVER AGAIN” Association, in cooperation with EURO 2012 Polska (Local Organising Committee) and the Polish Football Association, has provided a series of special antiracist workshops for the trainers of EURO 2012 stewards. The participants of the workshops represented members and staff Polish football clubs, security and safety directors of all…

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Exhibition on Football and Gender to be held in Berlin: Call for Artists

Exhibition on Football and Gender to be held in Berlin: Call for Artists

The Schwules Museum Berlin – due to its much-noticed exhibitions, its considerable collection and essential research contributions, is an internationally highly acknowledged institution for archiving, researching and communicating LGBT history and culture. Flanking FIFA's Women’s World Cup 2011, the Museum is setting up an exhibition beginning July ending September 2011. With this exhibition the curators…

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Dani Alves: “Racism is ingrained in Spanish football”

Dani Alves: “Racism is ingrained in Spanish football”

The Brazil right-back Daniel Alves has told Spanish newspaper Marca that he has been the victim of racism throughout his time in Spain with Barcelona. In an interview the 27-year-old described how he had been called a 'monkey' by fans of Barca's rivals at many grounds in Spain. “Sadly, I've learnt to live with it,”…

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‘Anti- Discrimination is not a crime!’ says FSE

‘Anti- Discrimination is not a crime!’ says FSE

Edited from www.footballsupporterseurope.org On Thursday last week, the 4 fans of FC Metz who had been arrested and banned from the stadium for having displayed a “Gegen Nazis” banner (German for “against nazis”) with a fist smashing a swastika, were finally cleared of all charges and will even be compensated by the French state. About…

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Morocco handed 2015 Nations Cup; South Africa host 2017

Morocco handed 2015 Nations Cup; South Africa host 2017

Morocco and South africa will host the 2015 and 2017 editions of the Nations Cup respectively Morocco have won the right to stage the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations while South Africa will host the 2017 edition. The decision was taken at a meeting of the executive committee of the Confederation of African Football (Caf)…

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Football against “corrective” Rape

Football against “corrective” Rape

“Corrective” rape refers to the practice of men raping lesbians in an effort to punish them, and “cure” them of their homosexuality. The sexual assault is typically accompanied by prolonged violence and torture, and sometimes culminates in murder. This crime has become systemic in South Africa and black lesbians from poor backgrounds are usually the…

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One square meter of freedom

One square meter of freedom

Starting on 1 April 2010, the “XXV Aprile” sports facility of Pietralata (Rome) was leased to Liberi Nantes A.S.D. This represents a chance to give birth to an open space within the neighbourhood, able to bring together sport, emancipation and rights. The “XXV Aprile” facility has thus become the home of Liberi Nantes, but the…

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Licra welcomes dropping charges against Horda Frenetik

Licra welcomes dropping charges against Horda Frenetik

French FARE partner LICRA have welcomed the dropping of charges against four members of Horda Frenetik, an anti-fascism FC Metz supporters group. In a statement LICRA said, “The four fans of the Lorraine region club were accused of having ‘introduced, worn or displayed insignia, signs or symbols characteristic of racial or xenophobic ideology in the…

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FARE calls for action against sexism of Keys and Gray: Comments of broadcasters ‘unacceptable’ and ‘medieval’

FARE calls for action against sexism of Keys and Gray: Comments of broadcasters ‘unacceptable’ and ‘medieval’

The FARE network today condemned what it called the “appalling and damaging sexist attitudes” of Richard Keys and Andy Gray of British broadcaster Sky TV. The comments were revealed by the the Daily Mail newspaper yesterday. The Mail has published audio of the two making disparaging remarks about a woman assistant referee at the Wolves…

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UEFA pledges action on institutional discrimination

UEFA pledges action on institutional discrimination

Seminar will lead way in increasing understanding in football A seminar on the issue of institutional discrimination in football has been hailed as a historical first that will lead to further action on the issue. The gathering in Amsterdam on Wednesday (19 January), organised by UEFA, the Dutch FA (KNVB), English Football Association (FA), and…

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Institutional Discrimination on the agenda at Amsterdam seminar FA’s and experts gather to look at exclusion in football

Institutional Discrimination on the agenda at Amsterdam seminar FA’s and experts gather to look at exclusion in football

The issue of institutional discrimination in football will be the focus of a seminar taking place this Wednesday (19th January) in Amsterdam. The seminar, which is being co-hosted by UEFA, with the Dutch Football Association (KNVB), the English Football Association (FA) and the FARE network, will be a first look at the issues of the…

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'NEVER AGAIN' Association wins European Football Supporters Award

'NEVER AGAIN' Association wins European Football Supporters Award

The annual European Football Supporters Award (EFSA) has been awarded to groups promoting positive attitudes in sports since 2005. The jury is composed of representatives of UEFA, the European Commission, the Council of Europe, the City of Brussels, the European Association of Sports Magazines and the 'Sport & Citizenship' association. It is led by Philippe…

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