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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