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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