FARE celebrates International Migrants Day

FARE celebrates International Migrants Day

FARE today celebrates the UN International Migrants Day which is held annually on the 18th December to recognise the efforts, contributions and rights of migrants worldwide. Joining the fight for human rights and fundamental freedoms of migrants, FARE supports the wider call for equality by demanding better access for migrants to sport in their country…

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Zenit fan group tells club “sign no black or gay players”

Zenit fan group tells club “sign no black or gay players”

The largest fan group of Russian champions Zenit St Petersburg has demanded the club refrain from buying black and gay players. “We're not racists but we see the absence of black players at Zenit as an important tradition,” Zenit fan club Landscrona said in a letter, called the “Selection 12 manifesto”, posted on its website…

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Campaigners and authorities react to UEFA sanctioning of Serbia

Campaigners and authorities react to UEFA sanctioning of Serbia

Campaigners including the FARE network and English football have reacted with disappointment to UEFA’s sanctioning of Serbia for racism at a European Championships under- 21 qualifying match in October. Serbia were given one of the severest sanctions meted out to a national association for racism by their fans, and violence on the pitch in Krusevac…

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Incidents reported to FARE during November 2012

Incidents reported to FARE during November 2012

The following list of incidents of racism, xenophobia, extreme nationalism or homophobia have been reported to FARE during the past month. All reports have been brought to our attention through eye- witness or media accounts. FARE has third party reporting status with UEFA and FIFA on international matches, at a national level we can support…

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Stronger Together – Football Unites: International Workshop in Montenegro

Stronger Together – Football Unites: International Workshop in Montenegro

The Balkan Alpe Adria Project (BAAP) and Fairplay- Vidc in co-operation with the European Council/ EPAS (Enlarged Partial Agreement on Sport) will meet with regional and international stakeholders for a workshop “Stronger Together – Football Unites” in Bar in Montenegro on 15 November. Participants will include representatives of the Football Associations of Bosnia-Herzegovina, Serbia, FYROM…

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Incidents reported to FARE during October 2012

Incidents reported to FARE during October 2012

The following list of incidents of racism, xenophobia, extreme nationalism or homophobia have been reported to FARE during the past month. All reports have been brought to our attention through eye- witness or media accounts. FARE has third party reporting status with UEFA and FIFA on international matches, at a national level we can support…

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Serbian police charge players following Euro play-off match

Serbian police charge players following Euro play-off match

Why no action on racism? asks FARE Serbian police have filed criminal charges against 11 people, including two England Under-21 players and 1 coach, and four Serbia players and 1 coach, following a Euro 2013 play-off match last month. The charges relate to the brawl which followed England's 1-0 win over Serbia in Krusevac on…

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Dutch FA action plan says ‘Gay? It doesn’t matter’

Dutch FA action plan says ‘Gay? It doesn’t matter’

The Dutch FA have been congratulated by campaigners for launching an action plan to tackle homophobia and to celebrate the involvement of the LGBT community in football. On 11 October EGLSF and EPAS hosted United Against Homophobia in Sports conference in Utrecht, Netherlands. Conference speakers included the Dutch Minister for Health and Sport, and the…

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Focus on community activities on final Football People weekend

Focus on community activities on final Football People weekend

The Football People Action Weeks hits its final weekend of activities, with a programme that will reach out to tens of thousands of participants at grassroots and community level across Europe. Many of the activities will use football as a means of working with ethnic and other minorities and will feature fan groups, grassroots clubs…

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Football People hits European club stage

Football People hits European club stage

The Football People Action Weeks receive a boost this week as all matches in the Champions League and Europa League feature activities that set out a message against discrimination and prejudice. Forty matches across the most prestigious club competition in world football will become part of one of the largest social messages of its kind,…

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We are all Football People the message as the FARE Action Weeks launch

We are all Football People the message as the FARE Action Weeks launch

“Diversity makes the national team and our society stronger” says Germany and Bayern Munich captain Philipp Lahm. One of the largest social activities in sport launches today with the 2012 FARE Action Weeks bringing together hundreds of thousands of people across the globe in a message against discrimination and in celebration of diversity. Over 300…

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Finnish actors come together through Sports For All conference

Finnish actors come together through Sports For All conference

Finnish FARE partner Liikkukaa Ry will lead a conference of organisations active in the multi-cultural sport movement this Thursday (October 19th) as part of the FARE action weeks. Participants will include Minister of Culture and Sport Paavo Arhinmäki, FA representative Markku Lehtola and Paul Canoville, the first black player to play for Champions League winners…

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Film premiere to tell the story of the world's first black professional footballer

Film premiere to tell the story of the world's first black professional footballer

FARE Network member organisation Football Unites, Racism Divides (FURD) has announced the film premiere of ‘The Arthur Wharton Story’. This event will take place on Sunday 28th October – Arthur’s 147th birthday – at the Void Cinema in the Owen Building of Sheffield Hallam University, Sheffield. ‘The Arthur Wharton Story’ is directed by Jenson Grant…

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‘Against the Rules – Lesbians and Gays in Sport’ exhibition in Vienna

‘Against the Rules – Lesbians and Gays in Sport’ exhibition in Vienna

An exhibition and event series on homophobia and discrimination in football will take place in Vienna throughout October as part of the Football People action weeks. The exhibition introduction says that “In comparison to other sports that have seen athletes who came out and were able to live their sexuality openly, in men’s football a…

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EGLSF Presents: “United Against Homophobia in Sport”

EGLSF Presents: “United Against Homophobia in Sport”

The European Gay and Lesbian Spots Foundation (EGLSF) will host the “United Against Homophobia in Sports” conference at the Utrecht University School of Government in Utrecht, Netherlands. It will be held in collaboration with Movisie, the Mulier Institute, and the Enlarged Partial Agreement on Sport (EPAS). The conference will open with speeches from the Dutch…

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Blog: Terry, Suarez and that word

Blog: Terry, Suarez and that word

  Nicole Selmer   The events of the last year have clearly shown that the issue of racism in English football is far from resolved. It seems like there have been new developments and issues to be dealt with every few months in the John Terry case and before that in the incident that involved…

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“Disgusting” anti- Gypsy racism at Bucharest derby as FARE calls for action

“Disgusting” anti- Gypsy racism at Bucharest derby as FARE calls for action

The FARE network has raised concerns about the continuing anti- gypsy racism in Romanian football. The concerns come after the latest Steaua vs. Rapid Bucharest derby match on Monday evening (24th September 2012). “Die gypsy” The Bucharest National Arena became the venue for hateful racist chanting with the increasingly common chants of, “we have always…

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FA find Terry guilty after a year of race controversy in England

FA find Terry guilty after a year of race controversy in England

The year long saga of player racism in English football came to something of a conclusion yesterday, as the English FA sanctioned Chelsea captain John Terry over racist comments made to QPR defender Anton Ferdinand. The defender had been caught calling Ferdinand a “f**king black c**t” on TV footage during a match almost a year…

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EGLSF make available small grants to tackle homophobia

EGLSF make available small grants to tackle homophobia

As part of their EU funded ‘Pride in Sport’ programme the EGLSF Board have announced a new initiative to support the development of ‘inspirational’ local projects to tackle homophobia. They are offering 12 grants of 1000 Euros (with 200 Euros match funded by the applicant). The Good Practice Development fund is open to all EGLSF…

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Sport in Dock: Leading academic authority to lead sport and the law debate

Sport in Dock: Leading academic authority to lead sport and the law debate

In an early activity as part of the FARE Action Weeks a symposium will take place focusing on football, race and the law, led by a leading authority on sport and race, Professor Ben Carrington of the University of Texas at Austin. The talk, taking place in central London in late September, will be followed…

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Young people across Ireland join boxing champion at the SARI SOCCERFEST 2012

Young people across Ireland join boxing champion at the SARI SOCCERFEST 2012

Hundreds of young people will come together this weekend for one of the largest intercultural 7-a-side soccer tournaments in Europe in Dublin with a celebrated Irish traveller boxer. 40 men’s teams, eight women’s teams and eight under-13 teams will compete with the objectives of tackling racism, challenging discrimination and promoting dignity and respect for all….

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Rugby code backs Australian campaign to end homophobia

Rugby code backs Australian campaign to end homophobia

A new Australian campaign tackling homophobia has been endorsed by the Australian Football League (AFL). The No To Homophobia campaign was launched this week at the Victorian state parliament by government Ministers. A commercial promoting the campaign will screen nation wide on Australian television for a period of 12 months. The commercial shows a range…

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President of Dagestan calls on Russians to fight racism as Anzhi players abused

President of Dagestan calls on Russians to fight racism as Anzhi players abused

Coach Hiddink expresses concerns Dagestan’s leader has appealed to Russians to fight nationalism and racism after Anzhi Makhachkala supporters were attacked following a Europa League match marred by crowd trouble. Police detained 120 football fans during and after the match. “While most Russian fans cheered Anzhi’s victory, others have tried to use the match to…

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Ukrainian women’s sport club stands up against homophobia

Ukrainian women’s sport club stands up against homophobia

EURO 2012 in Poland and Ukraine brought up the rarely raised issue of homophobia to public notice. A Pride march in Kiev in May 2012 had to be abandoned because of physical attacks on members of the LGBT community and works of art were destroyed following a raid on an LGBT photo exhibition at the…

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FOOTBALL PEOPLE – FARE action weeks 2012

FOOTBALL PEOPLE – FARE action weeks 2012

16 – 31 October 2012 The FARE Action Weeks aim to challenge discrimination and celebrate the contribution we all make to football – wherever we live, whatever our background. The Action Weeks period includes activities that address problems, celebrate diversity and reach out across Europe. The weeks allow us to stand together across Europe to…

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FIFA and Kick It Out to hold joint event

FIFA and Kick It Out to hold joint event

FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter will join a gathering of English football’s leading administrators today (Tuesday 31 July) at Wembley Stadium to discuss how football can help beat the scourge of racism. The event will take place before the Great vs. Brazil Olympic womens football match as Sep Blatter is joined by Kick It Out…

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EGLSF conference on “Homophobia in the Stadium”

EGLSF conference on “Homophobia in the Stadium”

A conference on “Homophobia in the Stadium. European Institutions against Discriminations in Sport” organised by FARE partners the European Gay and Lesbian Sports Federation (EGLSF), in cooperation with Football for Equality II and with participation from the Council of Europe, was held in Budapest on 30th June under the umbrella of the EuroGames 2012 which…

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FARE Action Weeks – Call for Action

FARE Action Weeks –  Call for Action

Be a part of the FARE Action Weeks 2012 and apply for a grant now. The 2012 FARE Football People action weeks challenge discrimination and celebrate the contribution we all make to football, wherever we live, whatever our connection to the game, whatever our background.

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FARE Action Weeks Volunteer

FARE Action Weeks Volunteer

Overview The FARE network has an opportunity for two proactive and flexible individuals to assist the Programmes Co-ordinator in the London secretariat as volunteers for three months this summer and autumn. The two individuals will have the opportunity of contributing to an important and topical social cause and gain valuable experience of working in the…

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Help wanted at Mondiali

Help wanted at Mondiali

This weekend sees the coming together of thousands of football supporters from across Europe in the cause of anti- discrimination. The long running Mondiali Antirazzisti will take place in Bosco Albergati from 4 to 8 July. FARE will launching publicity for the Action Weeks at the event and are looking for a few volunteers who…

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Balkaniade 2012 in Mostar: Building Bridges across the Balkans

Balkaniade 2012 in Mostar: Building Bridges across the Balkans

The city of Mostar in Bosnia-Herzegovina hosted this year’s Balkaniade from 30 June to 1 July 2012. The tournament which aims to foster the youth exchange in the field of sport in the Western Balkans has been initiated by BAAP and is being supported by FairPlay-VIDC. Youth players from Bosnia-Herzegovina, Serbia, Montenegro, Croatia, Macedonia and…

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Captains to lead anti- discrimination message at Euro 2012 Semi- Finals

Captains to lead anti- discrimination message at Euro 2012 Semi- Finals

The UEFA Euro 2012 semi-final matches in Donetsk and Warsaw will see the captains of the national teams of Spain, Portugal, Germany and Italy reaffirm their stance against racism as the semi-final matches tonight (27 June) and tomorrow (28 June) see the culmination of the Respect Diversity- Football Unites campaign at Euro 2012. Football supporters…

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Mostar welcomes the Balkaniade!

Mostar welcomes the Balkaniade!

From 30 June to 1 July 2012 Mostar will be hosting this year’s Balkaniade. The Balkaniade is an international youth tournament taking place once a year in the countries of the Western Balkans. The tournament which aims to foster the youth exchange in the field of sport in the Western Balkans has been initiated by…

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UEFA fines Croatia €80,000 for fans' racist abuse of Mario Balotelli at Euro 2012

UEFA fines Croatia €80,000 for fans' racist abuse of Mario Balotelli at Euro 2012

UEFA fined Croatia's football association €80,000 on Tuesday after fans racially abused Italy forward Mario Balotelli at a European Championship match. The charges related to “the setting-off and throwing of fireworks, and the improper conduct of supporters (racist chants, racist symbols),” UEFA said in a statement. FARE match monitors have reported to UEFA that 300…

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The FARE network pays tribute to displaced peoples

The FARE network pays tribute to displaced peoples

On World Refugee Day the FARE network pays tribute to the millions of displaced peoples around the globe who have to leave their homes due to political and military conflicts, hunger and economic circumstances and who live under difficult conditions or are denied basic human rights in their place of settlement. In the town of…

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Italian midfielder Claudio Marchisio backs equal marriage

Italian midfielder Claudio Marchisio backs equal marriage

On the day of Italy’s decisive match against Ireland to proceed to the quarter-finals of the Euro 2012 championship, Claudio Marchisio, one of the team’s midfielders, has spoken out in favour of equal marriage rights for gay couples. His statement in favour of gay rights comes only a week after a team-mate said he hoped…

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Increasing number of Inclusive Zones across Poland/Ukraine

Increasing number of Inclusive Zones across Poland/Ukraine

As Euro 2012 progresses, more and more organisations are putting themselves forward to be Inclusive Zones. The aim of the zones is to create spaces that are open, welcome and accessible to all fans alongside the local population. There are currently over 400 sites across Poland and Ukraine that are designated sites, including shops, historic…

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FARE Network pays respect to victims of Holocaust

FARE Network pays respect to victims of Holocaust

As part of FARE’s programme of activities during Euro 2012 a delegation of FARE Network member organisations together with Ukrainian, British and Swedish anti-racist fans visited Babiy Yar, a Holocaust memorial site in Kyiv. Representatives of FURD (Football Unites, Racism Divides), ‘Football Against Prejudices’ (Ukraine), Eastern European Development Center (Ukraine), African Council of Ukraine and…

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UEFA announce investigations into two racism incidents

UEFA announce investigations into two racism incidents

Uefa have announced they will investigate further two alleged incidents of racist chanting during the Euro 2012 matches between Russia and the Czech Republic on opening day (8th June), and Spain v Italy on Sunday (11 June). The incidents relate to the abuse of Czech Republic defender Theodor Gebre Selassie reported by FARE observers. The…

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Euro Pride House opens in Warsaw

Euro Pride House opens in Warsaw

The Euro Pride House was officially opened in Warsaw. The project is an initiative of FARE partners European Gay and Lesbian Sports Federation (EGLSF), and part of a wider programme of anti-discrimination activity during Euro2012. It is an anti-homophobia space for football fans to gather, watch football and network close to the National Stadium. The…

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Gullit, Olisadabe and Dziekanowski open the FARE programme at Euro 2012

Gullit, Olisadabe and Dziekanowski open the FARE programme at Euro 2012

“This what I believe in, we come together and leave as better people” Ruud Gullit As final preparations for Euro 2012 in Poland and Ukraine got under on opening day (Friday 8 June) the FARE network and UEFA launched the Respect Diversity – Football Unites project with support from Ruud Gullit, Emmanuel Olisadebe, UEFA Executive…

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RESPECT Diversity – Football Unites at Euro 2012 prepares for kick-off

RESPECT Diversity – Football Unites at Euro 2012 prepares for kick-off

With a week to go until the start of Euro 2012, the FARE network programme for Poland and Ukraine is making final preparations ahead of a launch in Warsaw next Friday (8 June). With concerns over potential racism and far-right activity high on the public agenda, the FARE programme includes an unprecedented level of monitoring…

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LGBT action at Euro 2012

LGBT action at Euro 2012

The European Gay and Lesbian Sports Federation (EGLSF) has teamed up with the Pride Solidarity Campaign, supported by FARE, on a programme of LGBT inclusion & human rights during Euro 2012. Clare Dimyon of the Pride Solidarity group has been in Ukraine since Kyiv Pride in early May, visiting Ukrainian LGBT communities in the four…

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Arab and Jewish neighbours say no to racism

Arab and Jewish neighbours say no to racism

An event bringing together Arab and Jewish young people from neighbouring cities in Israel has taken place against a background of recent incidents of racism and tensions in Israeli professional football. The event, ‘Moving Forward Together, Joint Living’ united young people from the neighbouring cities of Tayibe and Petach Tikvah in north east Israel. The…

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FIFA appoint first woman to executive committee

FIFA appoint first woman to executive committee

FIFA has appointed the first woman to its executive committee in its attempt to address a gender imbalance and reform world football's governing body. Lydia Nsekera, president of the Burundi Football Association, was co-opted onto the Executive Committee on Tuesday (22nd May) and will be formally installed as a member at the FIFA Congress in…

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International youth tournament “Vienna meets Balkan”

International youth tournament “Vienna meets Balkan”

Located in the centre of Europe, Vienna will be the location to host an international football tournament for youngsters from all over Europe to play football, celebrate the integrative power of the game and have fun. The tournament “Vienna meets Balkan” for U10, U12 and U13 players takes place on 26 – 28 May 2012….

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Take part in Football Supporters Europe's ChoreoTrophy competition!

Take part in Football Supporters Europe's ChoreoTrophy competition!

Football Supporters Europe (FSE) reward creative supporters culture across European stadia and call for all supporters to take part in the first ChoreoTrophy competition. FSE invites all fan groups to take part in the ChoreoTrophy. The award is an independent fans' award organised by FSE, and supported by UEFA. Week after week, millions of football…

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General Meeting elects new FARE Board

General Meeting elects new FARE Board

Part of the agenda for the FARE General Meeting in Rome was to elect a new FARE Board. The elected board members are listed below. Board members are elected for a period of three years, thus for this election until May 2015. The election was of the members present, conducted by secret ballot, overseen by…

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The new website of the Mondiali Antirazzisti is ready!

The new website of the Mondiali Antirazzisti is ready!

Il sito dei Mondiali Antirazzisti cambia pelle e si rinnova nella sua veste grafica, che come vedrete annuncia quello che sarà il manifesto di quest’anno. L’indirizzo del sito rimane sempre lo stesso: www.mondialiantirazzisti.org E’ ancora un sito in evoluzione e presto aggiungeremo sempre più contenuti, foto e video  Nel frattempo però abbiamo aperto le…

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Leading experts and activists come together for FARE conference

Leading experts and activists come together for FARE conference

‘Game Changers. Equality, Inclusion and Activism’ brings together 150 delegates to look at equality and inclusion in sport Leading experts in anti- discrimination, inclusion and social responsibility in sport will join representatives from 38 countries across Europe at a conference in Rome this weekend. Former NBA Basketball player John Amaechi, Italian FA President Giancarlo Abete,…

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UEFA launch ‘Exchange your jersey’ as part of their RESPECT programme at Euro 2012

UEFA launch ‘Exchange your jersey’ as part of their RESPECT programme at Euro 2012

The FARE Network is backing a new campaign by UEFA to raise awareness of its RESPECT message as part of Euro 2012. The ‘Exchange Your Jersey’ programme aims to create a chain of fans across Europe to illustrate how football can bring people together. It is widely believed that players first began to swap shirts…

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Italy coach says footballers should be open about their sexuality

Italy coach says footballers should be open about their sexuality

Cesare Prandelli asks Italian footballers to come out and live their 'secret' lives The Italian national team coach, Cesare Prandelli, has called for the end of homophobia in Italian sports. The unprecedented statement from a top level coach is in the preface of the book Il Campione Innamorato: Giochi Proibiti Nello Sport (The Champion in…

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Vienna hosts Networking Against Racism in European Football seminar

Vienna hosts Networking Against Racism in European Football seminar

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LICRA demands inquiry into Lyon player racist abuse

LICRA demands inquiry into Lyon player racist abuse

French FARE network partner the International League against Racism and Anti-Semitism (LICRA) has called for an immediate inquiry into allegations that Lyon striker Bafétimbi Gomis was target of racist abuse during a cup tie in Corsica. Abuse thoughout the game Gomis alleged that monkey noises were made throughout the Coupe de France semi-final with Gazélec…

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Call for interest – Gaming Application to combat Homophobic Violence & Intolerance In Sport

Call for interest – Gaming Application to combat Homophobic Violence & Intolerance In Sport

The FARE partner organisation European Gay & Lesbian Sport Federation (EGLSF) is currently inviting expressions of interest from organisations or companies that have experience in developing gaming technology and applications to assist with the development of a new anti-discrimination gaming application. The EGLSF has recently received a grant from the European Union for the “Preventing…

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Inclusive zones to promote the 'Respect Diversity' message in Poland and Ukraine

Inclusive zones to promote the 'Respect Diversity' message in Poland and Ukraine

To help create a friendly and welcoming atmosphere during Euro 2012, hundreds of sites across Poland and Ukraine will be designated as ‘Inclusive Zones’. Respect Diversity The aim of this initiative, which is being managed by FARE's Eastern European partner, Never Again and being funded as part of UEFA's Respect Diversity programme of activities, is…

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International LGBT football tournament: “Weekend against Homophobia” hosted in Moscow

International LGBT football tournament: “Weekend against Homophobia” hosted in Moscow

Moscow ‘Weekend Against Homophobia’ for LGBT football Teams from Russia, Ukraine and Poland participated in an LGBT tournament in Moscow at the weekend (7/8 April) in a rare display of open LGBT activity in a country where gay people often face threats and exclusion. 9 teams in Moscow The tournament, organised by Krylia football club,…

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FARE network to launch “Respect Diversity” activities for UEFA EURO 2012

FARE network to launch “Respect Diversity” activities for UEFA EURO 2012

The FARE Network will be working closely with UEFA, during Euro 2012 as part of their ‘Respect Diversity’ programme of activities. A number of events and activities funded by UEFA will take place across Poland and Ukraine, in partnership with both FARE and UEFA’s Eastern European partner, the Never Again Association. The aim of the…

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Liberi Nantes is a good face of a good Italy

Liberi Nantes is a good face of a good Italy

see the photo gallery Last saturday 31st March, Team Liberi Nantes – the first sport Team entirely composed by refugees, presented they new activity: touch rugby. A sport that allows women and men to play together. Shoot4Change has long told the story of Liberi Nantes and keeps doing it, in an difficult neighborhood in the…

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Liberi Nantes is a good face of a good Italy

Liberi Nantes is a good face of a good Italy

see the photo gallery Last saturday 31st March, Team Liberi Nantes – the first sport Team entirely composed by refugees, presented they new activity: touch rugby. A sport that allows women and men to play together. Shoot4Change has long told the story of Liberi Nantes and keeps doing it, in an difficult neighborhood in the…

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Concerns over treatment of Cameroonian player in Bulgaria

Concerns over treatment of Cameroonian player in Bulgaria

The FARE network has raised concerns about the case of CSKA Sofia winger Njongo Priso who was reportedly targeted for racial abuse on March 25th by opposing players and fans after earning a red card in the second half of CSKA Sofia’s 3-0 win at Lokomotiv Plovdiv. Priso, a Cameroonian, was sent off following an…

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FIFA announces appointment of a woman to Executive Committee

FIFA announces appointment of a woman to Executive Committee

FIFA last week announced the future appointment of a woman to the Executive Committee of the World governing body. President of FIFA Sepp Blatter said in a press conference on the 30 March that a woman would be co-opted onto the highest body of world football at the 2012 Congress, due to take place on…

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FARE launches membership scheme and announces Rome conference

FARE launches membership scheme and announces Rome conference

The FARE network has launched a membership scheme and announced a conference to take place in Rome in on 4 and 5 May featuring some of the most interesting speakers in the sport, inclusion and social responsibility area. The membership scheme is being opened as a result of the process of formalising the network begun…

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Become a member of the FARE Network

Become a member of the FARE Network

FARE is a network of NGO’s, community groups and football fans committed to tackling discrimination in European football and to promote the ability of sport to bring communities together. FARE represents organisations and members that are active in over 40 countries across Europe, and the combined force of the membership helps to promote best practice…

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Appointment of FARE monitors – Euro 2012

Appointment of FARE monitors  – Euro 2012

1. FARE monitoring and reporting strategy at Euro 2012 Monitoring racist and discriminatory chanting and symbols has been a key element of the FARE programme over a number of tournaments from Euro 2004 in Portugal, the World Cup in Germany in 2006 and Euro 2008 Austria and Switzerland. In 2012 this work will be part…

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FIFA has agreed to lift the ban on the Islamic headscarf

FIFA has agreed to lift the ban on the Islamic headscarf

FIFA has agreed to lift the ban on the Islamic headscarf being worn by female footballers after the International Football Association Board (IFAB) were persuaded of the need to do so. Muslim women will therefore be cleared to wear the headscarf in international football from July. FIFA's youngest Executive Committee member (Prince) Ali Bin Al…

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Conte[s|x]ting Sport: EGLSF conference launches a weekend of activities in Split

Conte[s|x]ting Sport: EGLSF conference launches a weekend of activities in Split

The European Gay and Lesbian Sports Federation (EGLSF) launches the Conte[s|x]ting Sport conference in Split, Croatia today (2nd March) as part of its Annual General meeting weekend. The conference will look at a wide range of issues related to the place of inclusion in sport, including how sport can have an impact on regional development…

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FARE Partnership with Sacred Sports Foundation to assist young people of the Caribbean

FARE Partnership with Sacred Sports Foundation to assist young people of the Caribbean

FARE and the Saint Lucia-based charity Sacred Sports Foundation Incorporated have signed a partnership agreement to cooperate on anti-discrimination and sport issues. Sacred Sports Foundation seeks to assist young people of the Caribbean by providing a supportive and enjoyable environment through sport development programmes. It also mentors local coaches in best training practice and seeks…

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International Players' Union backs FIFA vice-president's pro-hijab campaign

International Players' Union backs FIFA vice-president's pro-hijab campaign

The international players' union FIFPro is backing the campaign by FIFA vice-president Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein of Jordan to change the law and allow Muslim women to wear the hijab during matches. The Islamic headscarf has been banned since 2007 but the issue comes before the game's lawmaking body, the International Football Association Board…

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FairPlay celebrates 15 years of fighting discrimination in football

FairPlay celebrates 15 years of fighting discrimination in football

In celebration of Austrian based campaign FairPlay’s 15th anniversary, the Austrian FA ÖFB is devoting the friendly against Finland in Klagenfurt to the fight against discrimination on 29 February 2012. The Austrian national team begins the year 2012 with a FairPlay-presentation highlighting the 15th years of campaigning against discrimination in Austria. During the team line…

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EGLSF highlight Jose Mourinho homophobic slur

EGLSF highlight Jose Mourinho homophobic slur

Jose Mourinho is the subject of a complaint by FARE partner EGLSF after he used a Spanish homophobic insult about match officials. The Real Madrid manager has been accused by the European Gay and Lesbian Sports Federation (EGLSF) of referring to officials as “maricones”, which translates as “faggots” in English, before the Champion's League tie…

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Council of Europe raises concerns about situation in Ukraine

Council of Europe raises concerns about situation in Ukraine

There have been “some improvements” in Ukraine in the fight against racism and intolerance, but the situation is still a cause for concern, the Council of Europe's European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) has said in a report on Ukraine. The Council of Europe told Interfax-Ukraine on Tuesday that ECRI's chair ad interim, François…

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Partizan Belgrade coach Avram Grant claims Iranians cancel friendly because he is Israeli

Partizan Belgrade coach Avram Grant claims Iranians cancel friendly because he is Israeli

Grant took over the Serbian champions last month, and this is the second such incident already to affect the team. Last month Partizan claimed that they were forced to conduct winter training in Antalya instead of Dubai because Grant, as an Israeli citizen, was barred from entry to the Emirate. The Serbian team's clash with…

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British racism row hits new lows before apologies

British racism row hits new lows before apologies

Prime Minister David Cameron signalled the involvement of the British government in the racism row in English football by calling a summit to discuss the issue as apologies began to be made in the Suarez incident. According to several reports in the British press, Cameron and Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt are to hold a “round…

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Respect Inclusion by disabled Polish fans

Respect Inclusion by disabled Polish fans

An event at a top level Polish league match has shown how disabled fans can be fully involved in a football occasion. The work being undertaken to enable disabled football fans to attend and share in the atmosphere of matches will be evident at UEFA EURO 2012 due to the Respect Inclusion initiative and the…

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FIFA’s Vice President: Hijab ban is limiting participation

FIFA’s Vice President: Hijab ban is limiting participation

Muslim women are being discouraged from taking up football because of the worldwide ban of the hijab, the Islamic headscarf, according to FIFA vice-president Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein of Jordan, the man leading the campaign to change the rules. Next month football's lawmakers, the International Football Association Board (IFAB), stage their annual meeting and…

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Pakistan's 'Little Brazil' finds solace in football

Pakistan's 'Little Brazil' finds solace in football

Pakistan may not be close to qualifying for the World Cup anytime soon but there's no doubt football is having an influence on the nation's youth throughout the country. None more so than in Lyari, a suburb in the city of Karachi which is synonymous with killings, kidnappings and gang warfare while residents dare not…

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The anti-racism message embraced in Poland's educational institutions ahead of EURO 2012

The anti-racism message embraced in Poland's educational institutions ahead of EURO 2012

A year-long pilot project, run by FARE's Polish partners Never Again, which promotes the message of respect has been deemed a success and there has been a growing interest from a number of schools, universities and other institutions, who are joining the scheme. The educational project is part of the FARE network's anti-discrimination activities around…

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Former England defender fined for homophobic comments on Twitter

Former England defender fined for homophobic comments on Twitter

A former Manchester City and PSV Eindhoven defender has been fined by the FA for sending homophobic tweets to a TV soap actor. Michael Ball posted the insulting comment on Twitter during an appearance by a ‘Coronation Street’ actor on reality TV show ‘I'm A Celebrity’ in November 2011. Ball had said: “That f*****g queer….

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Jamaican striker calls for apology after abuse by El Salvador referee

Jamaican striker calls for apology after abuse by El Salvador referee

Jamaican striker Garrick Gordon has demanded a public apology from El Salvador referee Vicente Ruiz, after he allegedly racially abused the player during an El Salvador Premier League game. The incident is said to have taken place as Gordon was playing for Atletico Marte against Alianza on the 15 January. Gordon seeks a public apology…

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Barcelona's Dani Alves abused during Catalan derby

Barcelona's Dani Alves abused during Catalan derby

Barcelona and Espanyol have condemoned the racist abuse aimed at Brazilian full-back Dani Alves in last night's Catalan derby. Alves was subjected to monkey chants by sections of the Espanyol crowd during the 1-1 draw in their La Liga clash at Cornella. The 28-year-old, who said racism was unstoppable in Spain in an interview last…

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Israel premier league side docked points following racist chanting

Israel premier league side docked points following racist chanting

Israel Premier League side Beitar Jerusalem have been docked two points for racist chanting towards their former striker Toto Tamuz. The incident took place during Beitar's league clash with Hapoel Tel Aviv on December 28. Nigerian-born Tamuz, who has made 10 appearances for the Israel national team, scored the opening goal of the game which…

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European Seminar “Involving Young Migrants in Winter Sports”

European Seminar “Involving Young Migrants in Winter Sports”

Sport associations and experts are discussing on 12th of January in Innsbruck, Austria A day before the opening of the maiden Winter Youth Olympic Games 2012 (WYOG) in Innsbruck , a European conference will focus on the participation of young migrants in winter sports for the first time. While in many other sports the participation…

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FA releases details of investigation into Suárez racism case

FA releases details of investigation into Suárez racism case

The FA of England have released a 115 page report into the disciplinary proceedings taken against Luis Suárez following accusations of racial abuse directed at Patrice Evra, during the Liverpool v Manchester United match on 15 October. The report presents a breakdown of an incident that is becoming a landmark case in dealing with player-on-player…

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