“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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