Norwegian FA bans gay rights protest in friendly against Russia

Norwegian FA bans gay rights protest in friendly against Russia

Norway’s Football Association have banned political messages backing Ukraine or gay rights during the international friendly against Russia on Saturday (31 May), in Oslo.

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Brazilian seminar addresses gender equity and human rights through football

Brazilian seminar addresses gender equity and human rights through football

A Brazilian seminar brought together national football and civil rights organisations to discuss the role of sport in addressing the issues around gender equity in the country.

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“Look at me as normal coach” says Clermont manager Helena Costa

“Look at me as normal coach” says Clermont manager Helena Costa

Clermont Foot Helena Costa insisted she wants to be judged on merit as she was unveiled by the French second-tier side.

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Anti-discrimination day increases understanding among Slovakia’s youth

Anti-discrimination day increases understanding among Slovakia’s youth

A football anti-discrimination day brought together 50 youngsters from across Slovakia to raise awareness of discrimination and generalised prejudices and stereotypes.

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Social media campaign to promote women’s football in Italy

Social media campaign to promote women’s football in Italy

A social media campaign will kick-off next June to help promote women’s football and level the number of female and male players at grassroots level in Italy.

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Spanish club to close stand in anti-racism gesture

Spanish club to close stand in anti-racism gesture

Spanish La Liga side Villarreal said they will close part of their stadium for a Europa League match in an anti-racism gesture after one of their fans threw a banana at Barcelona’s Dani Alves.

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Football documentary addresses racism in Italy

Football documentary addresses racism in Italy

The documentary ‘Il Piccolo Calciatore’ uses football to explore the topic of racism within the Italian society, by highlighting the impact the game can have in integrating and uniting people.

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UN launches young leader’s fellowship for sport and human development projects

UN launches young leader’s fellowship for sport and human development projects

A young leaders fellowship to fund sports and human development projects was launched by the UN to advance sports’ power to bring about change.

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Women’s NBA targets LGBT community in marketing campaign

Women’s NBA targets LGBT community in marketing campaign

United States WNBA is launching a campaign to market the league to the LGBT community, becoming the first pro sports league to specifically recruit LGBT fans to its games.

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Campaigners urges EU voters to take part in elections

Campaigners urges EU voters to take part in elections

A grassroots-led European anti-racism campaign is urging EU citizens to use their right to vote and counter far-right and racist parties from being elected in the European Parliament elections.

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Kick It Out celebrates 20 years and looks to future challenges

Kick It Out celebrates 20 years and looks to future challenges

A commemorative event brought together worldwide activists and representatives to highlight the importance in tackling exclusion and discrimination in the game.

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Belfast mentoring initiative promotes Premier League experience for young female leaders

Belfast mentoring initiative promotes Premier League experience for young female leaders

A group of 10 future female leaders from Belfast took part in a community and training exchange hosted by the Crystal Palace Foundation, between 11-13 April.

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Amnesty UK to host film festival on football and human rights

Amnesty UK to host film festival on football and human rights

Included in the festival’s lineup is the UK premiere of Eric Cantona’s documentary about the passion and fury surrounding football in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

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Premier League chief executive to face no punishment after sexist emails

Premier League chief executive to face no punishment after sexist emails

The league’s 20 clubs “resolved unanimously that no further disciplinary action is required or justified.”

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Granada hosts first international conference on social responsibility in sport

Granada hosts first international conference on social responsibility in sport

An international conference to foster cooperation and exchanges between different CSR stakeholders in sports will be held between 21-23 May in Granada, Spain.

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Homophobia in football: a concern ahead of the World Cup

Homophobia in football: a concern ahead of the World Cup

Less than a month to the kick-off of the 20th FIFA World Cup, we look at the issues around homophobia in Brazilian football.

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English footballs ‘Black List’ of achievers

English footballs ‘Black List’ of achievers

The 2014 Football Black List, an initiative highlighting the most influential individuals from the black community in football in the UK has been launched.

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Roberto Carlos, Ivanovic, Berbatov and Laizans join children’s tournament against racism

Roberto Carlos, Ivanovic, Berbatov and Laizans join children’s tournament against racism

A Europe-wide tournament is uniting children under the slogan “We Play Against Racism”.

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Rugby group launches international study on homophobia in sports

Rugby group launches international study on homophobia in sports

The ‘Out on the Fields’ study will look at the prevalence and forms of discrimination among athletes and fans.

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Fare Observer Scheme in European Football

Fare Observer Scheme in European Football

Call for applications to become Fare observer at international football matches in Europe.

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Croatia defender Josip Šimunić loses appeal over World Cup ban

Croatia defender Josip Šimunić loses appeal over World Cup ban

Croatia defender Josip Šimunić lost his CAS appeal to a 10-match ban for leading fans in a pro-Nazi chant after a playoff victory over Iceland last November.

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Michael Sam becomes NFL’s first openly gay player

Michael Sam becomes NFL’s first openly gay player

Former American college footballer Michael Sam has become the first openly gay player in the history of the NFL after being drafted last Saturday.

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Juventus and UNESCO partner up in anti-discrimination research project

Juventus and UNESCO partner up in anti-discrimination research project

Italian club Juventus and UNESCO will join forces to finance a groundbreaking global research project to study discrimination and racism in sport.

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Head of English Premier League forced to apologise over sexist emails

Head of English Premier League forced to apologise over sexist emails

Scudamore forced to apologise after revelation of sexist emails disparaging women and mocking “female irrationality”.

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Spanish FA fines Villarreal €12,000 for Alves’ incident

Spanish FA fines Villarreal €12,000 for Alves’ incident

Villarreal have been fined €12,000 by the RFEF after the banana incident that subjected Barcelona’s defender Daniel Alves to racial abuse.

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French Ligue 2 side appoints female manager

French Ligue 2 side appoints female manager

Portugal’s Helena Costa is to become the highest profile female manager of a European men’s team after being named head coach of Clermont Foot in France.

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Football tournament brings together Balkans’ youth

Football tournament brings together Balkans’ youth

A football tournament brought together youngsters from across the Western Balkans region to promote cultural exchanges and tackle societal issues.

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Second racism issue pressures Spanish football into action

Second racism issue pressures Spanish football into action

A new incident of racism in the Spanish league has increased the pressure on the country’s football authorities to take action against discrimination.

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UEFA kicks-off leadership programme for women

UEFA kicks-off leadership programme for women

UEFA’s new mentoring programme aims to help increase the number of women in leadership positions in football

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South African sport still a racially divided field, government study finds

South African sport still a racially divided field, government study finds

Cricket and rugby remain bastions of white minority, while football continues to be seen as preserve of black majority

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Fare members in Eastern Europe meet in Budapest

Fare members in Eastern Europe meet in Budapest

A seminar of Fare members from Eastern Europe and the Balkans will take place on Tuesday 6 May 2014 in Budapest, Hungary.

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