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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