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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