Blog: Nelson Mandela, you are everyone’s hero. Goodbye and thank you

Blog: Nelson Mandela, you are everyone’s hero. Goodbye and thank you

I remember thinking at the time if apartheid could be ended and Mandela was free then surely anything was possible

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Croatia defender banned for 10 matches for inciting chant

Croatia defender banned for 10 matches for inciting chant

Croatia defender Josip Simunic will miss the 2014 World Cup after being given a 10-match ban by Fifa for inciting a crowd towards support for a fascist group.

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We salute him for all he gave us

We salute him for all he gave us

The sports world has paid tribute to the man who personified struggles for justice and equality

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Sport helps Aboriginal communities, says Australian study

Sport helps Aboriginal communities, says Australian study

The research has concluded that physical activity helps to build a sense of belonging and inclusion.

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1 million Euros and sporting day to boost female sports coverage in France

1 million Euros and sporting day to boost female sports coverage in France

An initiative to raise awareness and increase the media coverage of women’s sports has been launched by the French Ministry of Youth.

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Incidents Reported to Fare During November 2013

Incidents Reported to Fare During November 2013

All reports have been brought to Fare’s attention through eye-witness or media accounts.

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Rogers reflects on season in the spotlight as a gay athlete

Rogers reflects on season in the spotlight as a gay athlete

When Rogers ended his retirement in May and joined Major League Soccer’s Los Angeles Galaxy, he found a team and a league that were mostly welcoming. There were times, though, he said, when even some of his teammates unknowingly left him feeling a familiar discomfort.

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Football becomes mother to Syria’s traumatised child refugees

Football becomes mother to Syria’s traumatised child refugees

Fun with a ball is helping children at Zaatari, the second-largest refugee camp in the world, overcome the horrors of conflict.

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Football v Homophobia grants launched

Football v Homophobia grants launched

The Football v Homophobia (FvH) campaign has launched a small grants programme as part of its campaign for February 2014.

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Olympic diver Tom Daley comes out

Olympic diver Tom Daley comes out

The British Olympic diver Tom Daley has come out and revealed he is in a relationship with a man, in a personal video posted on Youtube yesterday.

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Sport marks international day of disabled

Sport marks international day of disabled

Sporting initiatives throughout the globe are raising awareness and mobilising support for the rights, well being and inclusion of people with disabilities on the UN Day of Persons with Disabilities.

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German conference to discuss women empowerment through football

German conference to discuss women empowerment through football

An international conference on women’s football in central Asia and Europe will look at issues related to women and empowerment in Berlin in December.

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Documentary on how football helps victims of domestic violence

Documentary on how football helps victims of domestic violence

A documentary is raising awareness of issues of ‘corrective rape’, physical abuse, poverty and HIV-related deaths in South Africa by highlighting how football can impact on the lives of women enduring these situations.

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EU conference explores gender equality in sport

EU conference explores gender equality in sport

The European Commission is organising its first conference on Gender Equality in Sport in Vilnius, Lithuania this week.

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French think-tank launches women’s sports network

French think-tank launches women’s sports network

An initiative to support the call for gender equality in French sport has been launched by Sport et Citoyenneté.

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‘Diversity makes us stronger’ the message from U-21 teams at qualifier

‘Diversity makes us stronger’ the message from U-21 teams at qualifier

The Under 21 national teams of Slovakia and Netherlands have taken a stand against discrimination in football during the 2015 UEFA European Under-21 Championship Qualifier in Senec, Slovakia.

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We need your feedback on Action Weeks

We need your feedback on Action Weeks

Fill out our survey. Give us your frank views and help us plan better for future years

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Grassroots up and Champions League down, is the message from action weeks

Grassroots up and Champions League down, is the message from action weeks

The 2013 action weeks has come to a close with the message of inclusion reaching millions through the top of the game and the grassroots.

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Italian FA gives green light to migrants

Italian FA gives green light to migrants

The first football team exclusively constituted of migrants, refugees and asylum seekers made its debut in the Italian Championship last Sunday, after the FIGC (Italian FA) officially accepted their registration.

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New group to raise profile of women in sport

New group to raise profile of women in sport

Two of Scotland’s leading figures have given their support to a new charity that will tackle inequalities and heighten awareness of women’s role in sport.

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‘Don’t come to the stadium’ Israeli player tells fans in response to anti-Muslim racism

‘Don’t come to the stadium’ Israeli player tells fans in response to anti-Muslim racism

A leading player in Israel has criticised the racial abuse of players based on their ethnic or religious origins during a conference in Jerusalem

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Incidents reported to Fare during October 2013

Incidents reported to Fare during October 2013

The following list of incidents of racism, xenophobia, extreme nationalism or homophobia has been reported to Fare during October 2013. This list is only likely to reflect a proportion of the incidents that occurred. All reports have been brought to Fare’s attention through eye-witness or media accounts. Fare has third party reporting status with UEFA,…

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Italian Ultras jailed for attack in bar

Italian Ultras jailed for attack in bar

Mauro Pinnelli, 26, was sentenced to five-and-a-half years in prison while Franceco Ianari, 27, received a jail term of four-and-a-half years, after they were found guilty by a court in Rome of assault and grievous bodily harm. Ianari, a market stall trader and AC Roma fan who had previously received a stadium ban for violence,…

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Levski banners threaten refugees

Levski banners threaten refugees

An ultras group of Levski Sofia have underlined the issues many migrants to Europe face by showing their contempt for migration to their country.

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Football People groups tackle Roma exclusion

Football People groups tackle Roma exclusion

Groups across Europe challenged Roma exclusion during the Football People action weeks period.

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Racism in Costa Rica triggers FA to call for tougher action

Racism in Costa Rica triggers FA to call for tougher action

Fedefútbol call for action was triggered after the Costa Rican Union of the First Division Clubs (Unafut) fined the clubs of Saprissa and Cartaginés with €740 for fans improper behaviour during the matches against Puntaneras and Herediano, respectively, on 26 and 27 October. The President of Fedefútbol Eduardo Li reacted by requesting stronger sanctions such…

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Highlights of the Fare conference

Highlights of the Fare conference

Sport and Cooperation Network organised a conference about ‘Racism, Discrimination and Diversity in Football’ in Madrid, on 25 October 2013.

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African great features in Espanyol event

African great features in Espanyol event

Former goalkeeper Tomas N’Kono, sometimes known as the greatest goalkeeper Africa has produced, gave an insight into the racial abuse he experienced from both players and fans during his career and how he dealt with it. N’Kono has previously highlighted the hypocrisy which sees people who racially abuse players ask for their autographs when they…

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European football and the Football People action weeks

European football and the Football People action weeks

Through social media campaigns, panel discussions and displays of banners and flags several professional clubs, FA’s and leagues have united against discrimination in the game

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City’s Yaya Touré demands CSKA ban after racist chanting mars victory

City’s Yaya Touré demands CSKA ban after racist chanting mars victory

The monkey chants, which Touré reported to the referee during the game, overshadowed a crucial 2-1 victory for Manuel Pellegrini’s side. Touré was visibly upset after the match and made it clear that Uefa needs to adopt a strong stance to stamp out behaviour which he described as “stupid” and “very, very sad”. A spokesperson…

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Lack of ethnic minorities on FA body highlights faultlines in English football

Lack of ethnic minorities on FA body highlights faultlines in English football

Jamaican-born Heather Rabbatts is also the only ethnic minority on the FA Board and believes the organisation has “damaged” the chances of having an informed debate on the future of English players. No representatives of ethnic minorities She suggested it was “ironic” there are no representatives from the black and ethnic minority communities – at…

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‘Football Without Hate’ in Ukraine

‘Football Without Hate’ in Ukraine

Conference brings together key actors following national debate after incidents at a World Cup match

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Sampaio alleges racism in Nicaragua

Sampaio alleges racism in Nicaragua

Brazilian midfielder Joaelton Sampaio said he has been the victim of racism in Nicaragua

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French professional clubs highlight anti-racist mobile app

French professional clubs highlight anti-racist mobile app

French professional clubs are publicising a mobile application that encourages supporters and others to take action

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Former English FA Chairman says he encountered anti-Semitism

Former English FA Chairman says he encountered anti-Semitism

The former English FA President Lord David Triesman indicated that he was the victim of anti-Semitic comments at FIFA meetings.

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Dutch Foundation remember LGBT pioneer

Dutch Foundation remember LGBT pioneer

The John Blankenstein Foundation (JBF) hosts mini-conference on homophobia in football to engage fans in the discussion of the roles we all play in tackling the issue in Amsterdam.

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Never Again pushes Poland to diversity

Never Again pushes Poland to diversity

“If there are people who want to enjoy the game and want to have fun that’s great, but that comes with responsibility on their behalf. Football is for fans and not for hooligans.”

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(Español) Sevilla acoge la primera exposión Española en abordar la homosexualidad

(Español) Sevilla acoge la primera exposión Española en abordar la homosexualidad

Del 15 al 29 de octubre más de 300 grupos en 41 países se activan contra el racismo, la xenofobia, el sexismo y la homofobia con el apoyo de FARE y la UEFA. Estas actividades unen a cientos de miles de personas en un mismo mensaje, luchar contra la discriminación y celebrar la diversidad.

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Madrid conference on discrimination in Spanish football

Madrid conference on discrimination in Spanish football

Madrid based NGO Red Deporte y Cooperación hosts conference on ‘Discrimination, racism and inclusion in football’ as part of the Football People action weeks.

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WE are Football People, is the message in 50 countries

WE are Football People, is the message in 50 countries

The 2013 Fare action weeks in October heralded a two week period in which football made a stand against discrimination and celebrated diversity.

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Leading players say No To Racism in UEFA viral

Leading players say No To Racism in UEFA viral

UEFA has launched a video spot that draws on some of the biggest names in football to say No To Racism.

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Football can play a role in Roma integration says conference

Football can play a role in Roma integration says conference

Conference at the European Parliament focused on football and social integration and the inclusion of Roma communities

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AFC Wimbledon supports Football Fans against Homophobia

AFC Wimbledon supports Football Fans against Homophobia

AFC Wimbledon has become the first British club to lend its support to ‘Football Fans against Homophobia’.

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Go YASA!

Go YASA!

Launch of first national programme against discrimination in football brings together representatives of Croatian football and government authorities in Zagreb.

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Incidents reported to FARE during September 2013

Incidents reported to FARE during September 2013

The following list of incidents of racism, xenophobia, extreme nationalism or homophobia has been reported to Fare during August 2013. This list is only likely to reflect a proportion of the incidents that occurred. All reports have been brought to FARE’s attention through eye- witness or media accounts. FARE has third party reporting status with…

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Football must lead anti-racism fight, says Platini

Football must lead anti-racism fight, says Platini

“There’s a real problem with racism” head of European governing body UEFA told a United Nations

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The tragedy of Lampedusa is a tragedy for us all

The tragedy of Lampedusa is a tragedy for us all

The Fare network stands in solidarity with economic migrants across Europe and today we stand with those who died yesterday off the southern Italian island of Lampedusa.

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“The problems of society are reflected inside stadiums” say MEP

“The problems of society are reflected inside stadiums” say MEP

Member of the European Parliament, Emine Bozkurt, will host a debate on diversity in sport in Strasbourg on Tuesday 8 October.

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The 1895 Trust produce documentary for Fare Action Weeks

The 1895 Trust produce documentary for Fare Action Weeks

In the documentary, directed by Trust member Simon Crowe, Rutherford talks about his career in Irish football, how he deals with discrimination and why, in his 40s, he still plays football. The 1895 Trust Founded in 2012, the 1895 Trust is the Supporters trust for Shelbourne FC fans. Its aims are to build links between…

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European parliament to host exhibition on diversity in football

European parliament to host exhibition on diversity in football

A series of events on the theme of diversity in football will take place next Tuesday (8 October) and Wednesday (9 October) at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, featuring high level speakers from European politics, football governing bodies and sports NGOs.

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Fare statement concerning Ukraine

Fare statement concerning Ukraine

The Fare Network notes the action taken by FIFA in response to racism at the FIFA World Cup qualifier between Ukraine and San Marino on September 6, at the Lviv Arena. There has been widespread media speculation at the nature of the reports made by Fare observers at this match. There has also been speculation…

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French organisation gathers fans groups to tackle homophobia

French organisation gathers fans groups to tackle homophobia

The anti-homophobia campaign and football team, Paris Foot Gay (PFG) organised an international gathering earlier this month, for supporter groups to discuss the presence of homophobia in football stadiums.

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Children’s football tournament to promote anti-racism message

Children’s football tournament to promote anti-racism message

A number of iconic former football players will join together this weekend, during the final stages of the 2013 international football tournament the ‘Children’s Champions Cup’’ to send out a positive message against racism.

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Fare European Observer Scheme to be launched in Berlin

Fare European Observer Scheme to be launched in Berlin

Over 50 specialists from the Fare network will meet in Berlin this weekend to take part in a mini- conference on issues of racism, discrimination and the far-right presence inside European stadiums.

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Incidents reported to Fare during August 2013

Incidents reported to Fare during August 2013

The following list of incidents of racism, xenophobia, extreme nationalism or homophobia has been reported to Fare during August 2013. This list is only likely to reflect a proportion of the incidents that occurred. All reports have been brought to Fare’s attention through eye- witness or media accounts. FARE has third party reporting status with…

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FA spurred to issue warning over use of Yid term

FA spurred to issue warning over use of Yid term

The English FA are discouraging the use of the word ‘yid’ which derives from the Yiddish word for Jew, but which has been used in a derogatory and offensive way by anti-Semites.

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German anti-homophobia fan organisation strengthens network in Europe

German anti-homophobia fan organisation strengthens network in Europe

The Queer Football Fan Clubs (QFF) has announced the extension of its network to non-fan organisations.

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Fare gives full backing to Never Again

Fare gives full backing to Never Again

The Fare network has been surprised and alarmed by a number of attacks on the Never Again Association, the Fare lead partner in Poland and Eastern Europe.

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Jewish and Arab fans come together in Israel to promote respect

Jewish and Arab fans come together in Israel to promote respect

Both Arab and Jewish fans of Israeli teams, Hapoel Tel Aviv and Bnei Sakhnin came together before the opening match of the 2013/2014 Ligat Ha’Al season in a united stand against racism.

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Hungarian organisation celebrates Luther King’s speech 50th anniversary

Hungarian organisation celebrates Luther King’s speech 50th anniversary

Mahatma Gandhi Human Rights Organisation will mark the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech, and the establishment of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) with a series of activities this weekend (6th-8th September).

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Copenhagen face criticism after excluding fans with non-Danish sounding names

Copenhagen face criticism after excluding fans with non-Danish sounding names

One of the biggest clubs in Denmark has been the subject of criticism from supporters after they pulled tickets from purchasers with ‘foreign-sounding’ names.

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German anti-homophobia fan organisation strengthens network in Europe

German anti-homophobia fan organisation strengthens network in Europe

The Queer Football Fan Clubs has announced the extension of its network to non-fan organisations.

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German fan groups show support to refugees and asylum seekers

German fan groups show support to refugees and asylum seekers

Football fans from German clubs have joined supporters across the country of a newly opened refugee centre in Berlin.

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International fans conference calls for urgent action on Russia

International fans conference calls for urgent action on Russia

Governments, human rights institutions and sports governing bodies were asked to take action to ensure the safety of LGBT competitors and supporters for both the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics and the FIFA 2018 World Cup.

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Valcke says FIFA will not accept Russia discrimination

Valcke says FIFA will not accept Russia discrimination

Jerome Valcke, General Secretary of football’s world governing body, FIFA, said the organisation will not accept any form of discrimination in Russia at the World Cup in 2018.

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FOOTBALL PEOPLE – Action Weeks 2013

FOOTBALL PEOPLE – Action Weeks 2013

The Football People Actions Weeks bring together thousands of groups in a unified stand against discrimination and for equality.

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Incidents reported to Fare July 2013

Incidents reported to Fare July 2013

The following list of incidents of racism, xenophobia, extreme nationalism or homophobia has been reported to Fare during July 2013. This list is only likely to reflect a proportion of the incidents that occurred. All reports have been brought to FARE’s attention through eye- witness or media accounts. FARE has third party reporting status with…

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New Fare Observer Scheme – Get Involved

New Fare Observer Scheme – Get Involved

Call for applications to become a Fare observer at UEFA Champions League and Europa League matches.

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‘NEVER AGAIN’ challenges discrimination at Polish music festival

‘NEVER AGAIN’ challenges discrimination at Polish music festival

The anti-racist organisation ‘NEVER AGAIN’ joined the Polish Woodstock festival last weekend to help create awareness around racism and to reinforce the need to tackle discrimination.

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TV spot celebrates the diversity of the Austrian National Team

TV spot celebrates the diversity of the Austrian National Team

The Austria FA, ÖFB (Österreichischer Fußball-Bund), has a produced a TV advertisement celebrating and welcoming the different backgrounds of its national team players, particularly those who fled to Austria as a refugee and have now become naturalised Austrians.

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The Centre for Access to Football in Europe named as charity of UEFA Super Cup ticket auction

The Centre for Access to Football in Europe named as charity of UEFA Super Cup ticket auction

The Centre for Access to Football in Europe (CAFE) has been named as the official charity of the 2013 UEFA Super Cup charity ticket auction.

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Greece unites in support of racially abused basketball player

Greece unites in support of racially abused basketball player

The Greek Basketball Federation has condemned the discriminatory comments against basket ball player

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Dutch FA to take part in Amsterdam’s Gay Pride festival

Dutch FA to take part in Amsterdam’s Gay Pride festival

The Dutch football association KNVB has recently announced that it will be participating for the first time in Amsterdam’s Gay Pride festival, as part of its campaign to raise awareness of LGBT issues in football. The KNVB’s chairman Michael Van Praag and the national team manager Louis van Gaal, will be joining the Canal Parade,…

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Italian Minister endorses the multi-cultural Mondiali as a way forward

Italian Minister endorses the multi-cultural Mondiali as a way forward

The Mondiali Antirazzisti held its 17th edition last weekend (3 – 7 July) with a rejuvenated festival atmosphere and a focus on the rights of citizenship for migrants. In a message that reinforced the power that sport has to bring about change, the first black Minister in an Italian government, Cecile Kyenge, addressed the gathering…

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CONCACAF unveils Embrace Diversity anti-racism and discrimination campaign

CONCACAF unveils Embrace Diversity anti-racism and discrimination campaign

A new initiative to promote integration and social awareness was unveiled by CONCACAF prior to the Gold Cup's first game at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena – a direct follow-up to Fifa's Anti-racism and Discrimination campaign approved at its recent congress in Mauritius. Launching his confederation's Embrace Diversity programme, CONCACAF President Jeffrey Webb – who…

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Incidents reported to FARE during June 2013

Incidents reported to FARE during June 2013

The following list of incidents of racism, xenophobia, extreme nationalism or homophobia have been reported to FARE during June 2013. This may not be a full list and is only likely to reflect a proportion of the incidents that occurred. All reports have been brought to FARE’s attention through eye- witness or media accounts. FARE…

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LGBT summit develops plan to tackle homophobia by 2016

LGBT summit develops plan to tackle homophobia by 2016

Last week sportswear giant Nike played host to the second US LGBT Sports Summit, held at their headquarters in Portland. The event brought together over 100 people with the objective of ending anti-LGBT bias in sport by 2016. The summit was sponsored by Nike and organized by Cyd Zeigler from LGBT rights group Outsports, the…

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Football initiatives embrace the World Refugee Day

Football initiatives embrace the World Refugee Day

The World Refugee Day (WRD) is observed every year on the 20th June to honour the courage, strength and determination of millions of refugees worldwide that have been forced to flee their homes due to war or persecution. The event helps to give a voice to their stories and raise awareness of their situation. This…

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Rio conference to set agenda for human rights and inclusion at mega events

Rio conference to set agenda for human rights and inclusion at mega events

Leaders of the regional government of Rio will join the EU ambassador in Brazil along with Brazilian footballing legends and social activists this week at a conference to explore the link between large sports events and social inclusion. The conference takes place on June 20 and 21 as Brazil hosts the FIFA Confederations Cup, the…

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Palestine captain Sarsak to speak in London

Palestine captain Sarsak to speak in London

Footballer Mahmoud Sarsak continues his European tour to highlight the plight of Palestine in London tonight (17 June 2013) with a public meeting and discussion at the School of African and Oriental Studies. The discussion will include Fare Executive Director Piara Powar and speakers from Philosophy Football and the student-led Football Without Borders project. Sarsak…

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Interview with Mahmoud Sarsak

Interview with Mahmoud Sarsak

Mahmoud Sarsak, Palestinian footballer, former political detainee and hunger striker spoke to Naomi Wimborne-Idrissi of the Mahmoud Sarsak 2013 UK tour support group. Sarsak explains how he has come to regard football both as a means for bringing human beings together and as a weapon of resistance against the injustice faced by Palestinians and by…

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International Fans V Homophobia conference

International Fans V Homophobia conference

The Fare network and the Football v Homophobia campaign announce an international fans conference on homophobia and the LGBT presence in football. The conference will take place in Manchester on Saturday 17th August 2013 and bring together fans and campaigners to look at issues of discrimination against LGBT people in football and those initiatives which…

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Philippine Football Federation files complaint of racist abuse against Hong Kong fans

Philippine Football Federation files complaint of racist abuse against Hong Kong fans

The Philippine Football Federation has asked FIFA to investigate allegations that Filipino supporters and players were subject to racist abuse during last week's friendly in Hong Kong, officials said Thursday. The complaint was filed Tuesday after reports of “physical and racist abuse against Philippine players and supporters,” the federation's General Secretary Ed Gastanes said in…

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Canadian FA suspends Quebec to ensure football is open

Canadian FA suspends Quebec to ensure football is open

The Canadian Football Association has suspended a provincial association over its refusal to let turban-wearing children play, announcing the Quebec FA will be suspended until the ban is overturned. The national body took a more aggressive stance Monday in the ongoing controversy surrounding the Quebec Soccer Federation's decision to restrict turban-wearing Sikhs from the pitch,…

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Campaigners raise concerns over World Cup after new Russian law

Campaigners raise concerns over World Cup after new Russian law

In a move widely seen as stigmatising its Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual population the Russian State Duma yesterday approved Kremlin-backed legislation which will ban “propaganda of non-traditional sexual relations,” in a 436-0 vote. With Russia due to stage the Fifa World Cup in five years’ time, the development raises concerns over the feasibility of LGBT…

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EU agency publishes good practice guide to tackling discrimination

EU agency publishes good practice guide to tackling discrimination

Premier League footballer Darren Bent has endorsed a guide to tackling discrimination in sport produced by the European Union agency responsible for equal rights. The document offers advice for governing bodies, NGO’s and national anti- discrimination bodies on ways to overcome discrimination and the under- representation of minorities in sport. In his introduction to the…

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‘Friends for football Day’ celebrates diversity in Poland and Ukraine

‘Friends for football Day’ celebrates diversity in Poland and Ukraine

More than 300 football matches and community events took place last Saturday (8th June), across Poland and Ukraine to help celebrate the power of football to promote social inclusion and unite communities. Organised by the anti-racism association, Never Again and the Football is Beautiful Foundation, the ‘Friends of Football Day’ aimed to mark the one…

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FURD conference to present findings on the role of football for refugees and asylum seekers

FURD conference to present findings on the role of football for refugees and asylum seekers

To help celebrate World Refugee Day, which will take place on Thursday 20th June, the anti-racism organisation ’Football Unites Racism Divides’ (FURD) will hold a conference in Sheffield. The conference will also be used to present the findings and recommendations of a study conducted by FURD on the role of football in the lives of…

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Robbie Rogers says he thought he would never play football again after coming out as gay

Robbie Rogers says he thought he would never play football again after coming out as gay

In interviews with Sky Sports and CBS News 26-year-old winger with LA Galaxy, formerly with English club Leeds United, has said he was frightened of how he might be received after years of observing “malicious” attitudes in school and football changing rooms. Rogers retired after being released at Elland Road in February and also announced…

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FARE Network Campaigns Intern

FARE Network Campaigns Intern

FARE Network is seeking a Campaigns Volunteer to work in its London based office. The position will provide the applicant with a great opportunity to broaden their skills and experience whilst being involved in a Europe wide campaign against discrimination in football. FARE Network is a not for profit organisation which active in over 40…

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Saint Lucia holds ‘Sport in Black and White’ Conference and Youth Forum

Saint Lucia holds ‘Sport in Black and White’ Conference and Youth Forum

The not for profit organisation, Sacred Sports Foundation, will hold an international conference on sport and social development in Castries, Saint Lucia, from the 10th-14th June. The ‘Sport in Black and White’ Conference and Youth Forum aims to highlight and discuss topics regarding the use of physical education and sport in promoting social inclusion, eradicating…

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Finnish organisation Liikkukaa re-launches anti-discrimination campaign

Finnish organisation Liikkukaa re-launches anti-discrimination campaign

The Finnish organisation, Liikkukaa, launched their RESPECT campaign for 2013 which aims to eradicate all forms of discrimination and to promote a multicultural environment within the country. The campaign, ‘Artists4Respect’, features artists and celebrities from across Finland who will visit schools and speak to young people in an attempt to promote social inclusion, equality and,…

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Berlin hosts International Women´s Football and Culture Festival

Berlin hosts International Women´s Football and Culture Festival

The German organisation and FARE member, Discover Football, will host its third international Women´s Football and Culture Festival, from 23rd to 28th July, in Berlin to promote an intercultural understanding of the game. The festival will feature eight women’s teams from nine countries, mainly from the Middle East and North Africa, including Tunisia, Libya, Egypt,…

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Annual Report highlights racism in Israel but points to progress

Annual Report highlights racism in Israel but points to progress

Anti- discrimination campaigners in Israeli football have released a ‘Fairness Index’ describing a series of incidents of racism and violence over the year.

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New FIFA anti- discrimination measures agreed

New FIFA anti- discrimination measures agreed

The annual gathering of the world governing body, the FIFA Congress, has agreed new measures that mean teams could be relegated or expelled from competitions for incidents of racism.

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Incidents reported to FARE during May 2013

Incidents reported to FARE during May 2013

The following list of incidents of racism, xenophobia, extreme nationalism or homophobia have been reported to FARE during May 2013. This is not a comprehensive list and is only likely to reflect a proportion of the incidents that occurred. All reports have been brought to our attention through eye- witness or media accounts. FARE has…

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New FIFA anti- discrimination measures agreed

New FIFA anti- discrimination measures agreed

The annual gathering of the world governing body, the FIFA Congress, has agreed new measures that mean teams could be relegated or expelled from competitions for incidents of racism. First or “minor” offences will result in either a warning, fine or order for a match to be played behind closed doors. Repeat offences can now…

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Annual Report highlights racism in Israel but points to progress

Annual Report highlights racism in Israel but points to progress

Anti- discrimination campaigners in Israeli football have released a ‘Fairness Index’ describing a series of incidents of racism and violence over the year, but also praises fans for an increase in reporting and taking action against racism at their clubs. The annual report of the Index, produced by KIO Israel using volunteers who monitored more…

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Unity theme at Champions Festival football match

Unity theme at Champions Festival football match

A Special Olympics unified football team from Sutton, in the English county of Surrey came together with a Kick It Out team from London to play a unified demonstration match at the UEFA Champions Festival last Friday. The two multi-cultural teams played a symbolic match to highlight how different exclusions can come together as one,…

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Denmark’s national women’s football team calls for children’s rights in special match

Denmark’s national women’s football team calls for children’s rights in special match

The Danish women’s national football team played a special match in April involving 100 young people to raise awareness and reinforce the UN’s Convention on the Rights of the Child (article 31) that focuses on a child’s right to play. The initiative which was held at the NRGi Park in Aarhus, used the influence of…

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Football bodies seek tougher sanctions on discrimination

Football bodies seek tougher sanctions on discrimination

UEFA will consider stronger sanctions to deal with acts of discrimination at its annual Congress in London on Friday, as international football governing bodies announce new measures to deal with a problem that shows no signs of abating. As preparations for the UEFA Congress were being made, the recommendations of the FIFA Anti- Discrimination Task…

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Guide for Champions League Final for disabled fans

Guide for Champions League Final for disabled fans

UEFA has published information for disabled supporters attending the 2013 UEFA Champions League Final at Wembley Stadium, in London. The guide has been produced in conjunction with FARE partner CAFE to present useful information that makes the experience of disabled fans a smooth one and is available in all 13 languages. The guide covers public…

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Italy coach hits out at racist attitudes to Balotelli

Italy coach hits out at racist attitudes to Balotelli

The Italian National team manager Cesare Prandelli has called for action by footballing bodies to help tackle the racism that has made news in Italy this season. “This is not just a problem of AC Milan and Italian football, it is everyone's problem,” told the 55-year-old to the Italian sport newspaper Tuttosport. The comment followed…

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Football app to challenge discrimination and promote inclusion

Football app to challenge discrimination and promote inclusion

The European Gay and Lesbian Sport Federation (EGLSF) has recently launched a new football gaming application for mobile phones. The app, called ‘UpFront’, has been designed with an emphasis on fun, helping to promote equality and inclusion by challenging discrimination and negative behaviour in sport. It is hoped the app can help people to think…

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FairPlay promotes intercultural exchange in youth football tournament

FairPlay promotes intercultural exchange in youth football tournament

The Austrian anti-discrimination organisation, and FARE partner, FairPlay held their 11th youth football tournament in Vienna over the weekend, promoting cultural exchange between children of Austria and the Balkans. The ‘FairPlay Cup’” featured 50 clubs from Austria, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Serbia, Montenegro, Macedonia, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary who competed in the U10 and U12’s categories….

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Sporting initiatives celebrate the International Day Against Homophobia

Sporting initiatives celebrate the International Day Against Homophobia

Sporting initiatives across the globe will take place today to help celebrate the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHO); reinforcing the need to tackle homophobia both in sport and in society, and also helping to promote the wider inclusion of the LGBT community. Ahead of IDAHO’s ninth year of activities, the United Nations’ High…

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FARE builds-up for the Football People Action Weeks 2013

FARE builds-up for the Football People Action Weeks 2013

The FARE Network is today launching the first round of information about the 2013 ‘Football People Action Weeks’ including confirmation of the dates of the campaign and application deadlines. This year the campaign will run from 15 to 29 October 2013 with an anticipation that more groups than ever before will take part. The applications…

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Incidents reported to FARE during April 2013

Incidents reported to FARE during April 2013

The following list of incidents of racism, xenophobia, extreme nationalism or homophobia has been reported to FARE during the last month. This is not a comprehensive list and is only likely to reflect a fraction of the incidents that occurred. 03 April 2013 – France: Joey Barton The Premier League footballer Joey Barton, who is…

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Football tournament to combat poverty and promote inclusion held in Brussels

Football tournament to combat poverty and promote inclusion held in Brussels

Four European amateur football teams participated in the “Football4Friendship” tournament in Brussels, on Friday 3rd May, invited by Lívia Járóka MEP The competition, which aimed to raise awareness of the prominent role of sports in combatting poverty and in building of a European identity, was made up of four amateur teams of players from Sopron,…

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FIFA anti-discrimination Task Force holds first meeting

FIFA anti-discrimination Task Force holds first meeting

The newly created FIFA Task Force Against Racism and Discrimination, chaired by CONCACAF President Jeffrey Webb, held its first meeting at FIFA in Zurich on Monday (6 May 2013). The group focused its first meeting on the application of sanctions relating to racism and discrimination, to ensure uniform implementation of the sanctions that already exist…

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EU court raps Romania soccer club for anti-gay comments

EU court raps Romania soccer club for anti-gay comments

The European Court of Justice on Thursday rapped Romanian football club, Steaua Bucarest, over homophobic comments made by its patron George “Gigi” Becali, a controversial politician and millionaire businessman. In its ruling, the court said that homophobic statements by the patron of a club “may shift the burden of proof onto the club to prove…

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German fans campaign against homophobia in football

German fans campaign against homophobia in football

The German football fans network “Fußballfans gegen Homophobie” (“Football fans against homophobia”) launched an anti-homophobia campaign that will tour European countries, such as Croatia and Greece, over the next months while sharing their know-how and promoting the inclusive values of the sport. The campaign that started in June 2011, in Berlin, has been touring around…

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UEFA announces tougher sanctions to combat discrimination

UEFA announces tougher sanctions to combat discrimination

Players found guilty of racist offences face a minimum ban of 10 matches, a sanction European governing body UEFA hopes will be adopted by all their 53 members, their general secretary Gianni Infantino said today (April 10 2013). Clubs will also face partial closure of stadiums for a first incident of racist abuse by fans…

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BLOG: 'Di Canio is a fascist, we should not be surprised' says Ken McCue

BLOG: 'Di Canio is a fascist, we should not be surprised' says Ken McCue

As a fan of Lazio, Paolo Di Canio embraced fascism in his early teens. At fourteen, in Dublin, I turned to communism to help my escape from the embrace of the sectarian nationalism of the church of Rome. In Rome, Di Canio worshipped at the cathedral built by his hero, Benito Mussolini. The only thing…

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Free Kick for Equality Conference

Free Kick for Equality Conference

The FARE Slovak member L’udia Proti Rasizmu will host a European networking conference ‘Free Kick for Equality’ as part of the ‘Football for Equality – Tackling racism and homophobia’, project on April 26th in Bratislava. The conference will focus on developing cross-sectional approaches to eradicating discrimination in sport, in particular football, from racism and homophobia…

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Squadra Azzurra on board with Italy Week Against Racism

Squadra Azzurra on board with Italy Week Against Racism

The Italian football squad last month met a group of youngsters to underline a stand against racism in Italy. The group included political refugees, asylum seekers and the children of immigrants in a symbolic gesture to underline the necessity for co-existence. “Expel racism from football” was the motto of the action at the gathering in…

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Premier League club appoints ‘fascist’ as manager

Premier League club appoints ‘fascist’ as manager

The football manager Paolo Di Canio, who once described himself as a fascist, has attempted to quell a growing row over his appointment to coach Sunderland FC in the North East of England, by insisting that he is not a racist and that some of his best friends are black. Following a wave of concern…

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Incidents reported to FARE during March 2013

Incidents reported to FARE during March 2013

The following list of incidents of racism, xenophobia, extreme nationalism or homophobia have been reported to FARE during the last month. This is not a comprehensive list and only reflects a fraction of the incidents that occurred. 2 March 2013 – Croatia: GNK Dinamo Zagreb – NK Slaven Belupo During the match a fan group…

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Statement regarding Poland v Ukraine 22/03/2013

Statement regarding Poland v Ukraine 22/03/2013

FARE informuje, ze raport nt. rasistowskich symboli na meczu Polska-Ukraina 22.03 dot. kibicow ukrainskich a nie polskich jak podano w mediach. Dokumentacja nt. powyzszych incydentow zostala przekazana wlasciwym organom FIFA. FARE dziekuje gospodarzom i organizatorom meczu za dobra wspolprace.

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FARE statement about recent reports to FIFA

FARE statement about recent reports to FIFA

FARE have issued the statement below in regard to the recent San Marino v England match. Piara Powar, Executive Director of FARE said, “FARE has submitted reports about xenophobia and racism at three FIFA World Cup qualifying matches on 22/03/13: Croatia v Serbia, Poland v Ukraine, San Marino v England. “The reports were collated from…

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‘Fight racism and make football more multiculti' says Boateng at UN

‘Fight racism and make football more multiculti' says Boateng at UN

The AC Milan midfielder Kevin-Prince Boateng, who led his team off the field after being abused by fans in early January, called for an end to racism in football on Thursday at an event to mark the UN International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. The event in Geneva, was opened by the UN…

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Poland and Ukraine unite in Euro 2012 'RESPECT' legacy

Poland and Ukraine unite in Euro 2012 'RESPECT' legacy

The Poland-Ukraine World Cup qualifying game at the National Stadium in Warsaw provided an opportunity for both nations to celebrate the legacy of Euro 2012 through anti-racism and pro-diversity activities organized by the Never Again Association. Thousands of fans and hundreds of journalists received Polish and Ukrainian-language leaflets with information about anti-racist activities run by…

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LGBT fan groups to meet in Germany

LGBT fan groups to meet in Germany

A fan club of Bundesliga 2 side MSV Duisburg will host the 12th International conference of the Queer Football Fan Clubs (QFF) to meet in solidarity and share experiences this weekend (22 – 24 March) in Duisburg, Germany. The 'Rainbow Zebras' will organise the event under the motto “Passion doesn’t hurt” with over 80 members…

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AEK player banned from national team after nazi- salute

AEK player banned from national team after nazi- salute

Greek football has united to disown the actions of a young AEK Athens footballer who outraged fans on Saturday (16 March) by giving a nazi salute as he celebrated a goal. The action led to the midfielder Giorgos Katidis to be banned from all national teams by Greece's football federation EPO, within 24 hours of…

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Sport on the agenda as LGBT groups meet in Ankara

Sport on the agenda as  LGBT groups meet in Ankara

A network against homophobia composed of LGBT and women’s organisations from the Middle East, North Africa and the Balkans is meeting to advocate and promote the rights of LGBT communities in the region this week in in Ankara, Turkey. In the fourth meeting 19 of the network countries (Albania, Algeria, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina,…

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Argentinian anti-discrimination campaign targets media

Argentinian anti-discrimination campaign targets media

In a new initiative that reflects global concerns on the way some media report football and set out a debate that can lead to discrimination and abuse a guide for sports journalists has been launched in Argentina. UNICEF Argentina and the Argentinian National Institute Against Discrimination, INADI, have published a 10 step good practice guide…

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Kevin-Prince Boateng to take part in UN event

Kevin-Prince Boateng to take part in UN event

AC Milan player Kevin-Prince Boateng, who led teammates off the field to protest being abused by fans in January, will take part in a United Nations event next week discussing racism in sport. The U.N.'s human rights office said Tuesday that Boateng and former France captain Patrick Vieira will attend its “Racism and Sport” discussion…

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Diversity in US sports media still poor, says report

Diversity in US sports media still poor, says report

A new report from a highly respected sports diversity body has highlighted the lack of diversity of women and ethnic minorities in US sports media newsrooms. The Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport (TIDES) at the University of Central Florida is at the forefront of analyzing progress in inclusive recruitment practices in the United…

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International Women’s Day celebrates and promotes empowerment through sport

International Women’s Day celebrates and promotes empowerment through sport

Over the last 102 years International Women’s Day (IWD) has become an important celebration of the empowerment of women in all areas of society. Emerging from the activities of labour movements at the turn of the twentieth century in North America and Europe, the first National Women’s Day was celebrated in 1909 in the US….

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Incidents reported to FARE during February 2013

Incidents reported to FARE during February 2013

The following list of incidents of racism, xenophobia, extreme nationalism or homophobia have been reported to FARE during the last month. This is not a comprehensive list and only reflects a small amount of the incidents that may have occurred. 3 February 2013 – Italy: AC Milan Speaking at an event held by the Italian…

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FIFA will elect a woman for its Executive Committee 25th seat

FIFA will elect a woman for its Executive Committee 25th seat

For the first time female candidates are running for FIFA’s 25th seat on the Executive Committee (ExCo). The election will take place at the World Governing Body’s Congress in Mauritius, on 30 and 31 May 2013, where national associations will choose the first Representative of Women’s Football to have a four-year seat. Historically very few…

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Football v Homophobia joins SA groups to highlight rape

Football v Homophobia joins SA groups to highlight rape

The Football v Homophobia campaign joined the One Billion Rising movement yesterday to call for homophobic rape to be recognised as a hate crime by the South African government. As part of the LGBT month of action in February, Football v Homophobia aims to raise awareness of the issues of homophobic rape and gender-based violence…

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Mario Balotelli subjected to racist comments by Milan vice president Paolo Berlusconi

Mario Balotelli subjected to racist comments by Milan vice president Paolo Berlusconi

Mario Balotelli has been subject to racist abuse in Italy after the Milan vice-president Paolo Berlusconi described him as “the family's little nigger”. Berlusconi, the younger brother of the former Italian prime minister Silvio, who is Milan's president, described Balotelli as “negretto di famiglia” at a political meeting in Monza and was filmed by reporters….

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Incidents reported to FARE during December 2012 and January 2013

Incidents reported to FARE during December 2012 and January 2013

The following list of incidents of racism, xenophobia, extreme nationalism or homophobia have been reported to FARE during the last two months. This is not a comprehensive list and only reflects a fraction of the incidents that occurred. 6 December 2012 – UEFA EUROPA LEAGUE: Partizan Belgrade v Rubin Kazan El At 32 minutes of…

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Political parties drive hate in EU, commission says

Political parties drive hate in EU, commission says

Far-right political discourse is feeding hatred throughout the EU and could harm the European project in the upcoming 2014 European Parliament elections, says the European Commission. Disparaging words geared towards minority groups like Roma, Muslims, Jews and immigrants are becoming more common as elected officials attempt to woo a growing number of the voting electorate…

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Reviewing the 2012 Fare Action Weeks

Reviewing the 2012 Fare Action Weeks

The Football People Action Weeks is a well established means of bringing Europe and increasingly the global world together in a unified stand against discrimination and a positive message of social inclusion. The initiative, which started in 2001 with activities in nine countries, saw the participation of groups from 44 countries in 2012. FARE has…

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Football vs. Homophobia to launch global campaign for February

Football vs. Homophobia to launch global campaign for February

February is becoming football’s global month of action against homophobia through the Football vs. Homophobia campaign, as the sport sends out a message from grass roots to the professional game, that discrimination against lesbians, gay men, bisexuals and transgender people is not to be tolerated. This years activities are set to be launched in London…

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Holocaust Memorial Day: European Football commemorates its victims

Holocaust Memorial Day: European Football commemorates its victims

This weekend the world marked the 68th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz concentration camp as part of Holocaust Memorial Day (HMD) on the 27th January. It was also a day in which football joined the remembrance of the victims of Nazism at matches and through other organised events. Germany – “Nie Wieder!” In Germany,…

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AFCON 2013 leads to debate on African footballers and European experiences

AFCON 2013 leads to debate on African footballers and European experiences

As 29th edition of the African Cup of Nations (AFCON) kicked off earlier this month in South Africa, football on the mother continent has been receiving recognition and media attention for its players talents, its heritage and organisational achievements. The AFCON has also provided an opportunity to highlight social issues in relation to the interaction…

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“Certain things should no longer be seen on football pitches” says Italy and Roma legend Totti

“Certain things should no longer be seen on football pitches” says Italy and Roma legend Totti

The Italian grassroots group Fondazione Integra/Azione will host a match against racism and intolerance on Monday, 28 January, at Rome’s Fluvio Bernardini sporting centre. With the slogan “NO AL RAZZISMO, NO RACISM, NON AU RACISME, للعنصرية لا”, the organisation’s event aims to raise awareness in Italian society and call for a more pro-active engagement from…

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Saint Lucia Set to Host Major International Sport Conference

Saint Lucia Set to Host Major International Sport Conference

The Sacred Sports Foundation have announced a major new conference later this year as they play host to the ‘Sport in Black & White’ conference and youth forum which will bring together decision makers with local, regional and international experts to tackle many of the pressing issues in sport. The forum, which will take place…

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Football vs. Homophobia grants allocation announced

Football vs. Homophobia grants allocation announced

Football v Homophobia (FvH) has announced the allocation of ten grants as part of its 2013 Small Grants Scheme to support activity globally for the FvH a Month of Action in February. Campaign Director, Megan Worthing Davies explains, “Football v Homophobia is an international campaign opposing homophobia and transphobia in football. We have chosen LGBT…

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Middle Eastern FAs launch campaign to empower women in football

Middle Eastern FAs launch campaign to empower women in football

Middle Eastern soccer associations have launched a campaign to put women’s football on par with men’s football in a region in which woman’s rights to play and pursue an athletic careers have been controversial. The associations announced the campaign at the end of the two-day seminar “Women‘s Football In West Asia: Moving Ahead”, in the…

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New theatre play exposes realities of football migration from Africa

New theatre play exposes realities of football migration from Africa

A new football- theatre work ” Michael Essien, I want to play as you ” from the view of African migrants trying to pursue a future in European football, will premiere next month at the opening ceremony of the 2013 European Capital of Sport, in Antwerp, Belgium. The play directed by Australian artist Ahilan Ratnamohan…

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FIFA orders Bulgaria, Hungary to play in empty stadiums over racist fans

FIFA orders Bulgaria, Hungary to play in empty stadiums over racist fans

FIFA denounced “abhorrent, shameful” racist and anti-Semitic abuse by Bulgaria and Hungary fans at opposing teams on Tuesday, and ordered each team to play a World Cup qualifier in an empty stadium. The punishments were announced as players and anti-discrimination groups demand tougher action against incidents at stadiums, including in Italy and Serbia. “FIFA strongly…

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Grants available for Football v Homophobia activities

Grants available for Football v Homophobia activities

Football v Homophobia has been supported by FARE to provide a small grants programme. The small grants are for grass roots clubs, fans’ groups and organisations wishing to undertake actions to recognise Football v Homophobia during February 2013. Small grants of €300 are available and can be applied for by completing the online application below….

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Racist chants halt Milan friendly

Racist chants halt Milan friendly

A friendly between AC Milan and Italian lower division club Pro Patria was suspended after players walked off because of racist chants. Milan's Kevin-Prince Boateng picked up the ball 25 minutes into the first half and kicked it into the crowd. Ghana international Boateng then removed his shirt and was followed from Pro Patria's home…

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