As this year’s Action Weeks come to a close, the sheer volume of activities means events will continue into this weekend and beyond. The final count of countries taking part has hit 42 with over 1500 events taking place.
The coming weekend marks the highlight of the Action Weeks in Switzerland, where ten clubs of the first two divisions of the Swiss Football League will wear jerseys with the message “Against Racism and Violence”.
Sponsors give up space for message
The club’s sponsors give up their space on the jerseys to provide room for the logo. BSC Young Boys and the fan club ‘Together Against Racism’ started this initiative in 2008.
Lukas Meier from the FARE network Switzerland, organisers of the activities said,
It is great to recognise that Swiss clubs join the fight against discrimination in the line with European top clubs like FC Barcelona, FC Chelsea or FC Bayern Munich.
For the first time a FARE Action Week events will take place in Kosovo organised by the women’s football club KFF Kaçanikasja. The event Lets Play Together is a youth training and football tournament from 28 – 30 October, involving five mixed teams (girls and boys from different ethnic groups) will be played alongside workshop sessions.
In Germany, several groups in Dusseldorf will organise various activities on the 1st November around the second league match of Fortuna Dusseldorf vs MSV Duisburg.
Wembley Stadium in England will tonight honour leading figures in football from the black African and African- Caribbean communities. The Black List recognises the achievements of black people from the media, commercial, football administration, coaching and community areas of football. The 50 names on the list will be joined by 200 guests in an evening presented by leading DJ Spooney. The event closes the One Game, One Community weeks of action in which all 92 clubs in England participated in activities during the last two weekends, backed by managers wearing badges and many of English footballs top players, such as Chelsea winger Florent Malouda spoke out about homophobia:
It’s another source of discrimination. I say you have to accept people as they are and once you understand that, you understand that our differences are our strengths.
please see the Kick It Out website for more informations.
In Sweden, the Swedish players union Spelarföreningen Fotboll i Sverige (SFS) continue to be a leading equality voice amongst player unions and will organise a series of activities from the 30th of October to the 7th of November at 16 games in the two last rounds of the league.
Highlight in Ukraine
A highlight of this year’s Action Weeks have been the events organised in Ukraine as the country prepares to co-host UEFA EURO 2012. The activities took place from Donetsk in the east to Lviv in the west against the backdrop of some serious incidents in Ukrainian football this year. The events included banners unfurled at league games, grass-roots multi-ethnic football tournaments involving migrants and refugees, and high-profile round table discussions prepared by FARE partners.
Ukraine is a country full of diversity. There are many nationalities, ethnic groups, folk styles in this vast country and more than 45 thousand foreign students studying here. EURO 2012 is an occasion to celebrate the diversity,
said Dr Mridula Ghosh, the chair of the Eastern European Development Institute (EEDI).
Directly organised FARE events took place in Kiev, Vinnitsa, Odessa, Kharkiv and Mukachevo. Several activities were launched and supported directly by the 'NEVER AGAIN' Association which coordinates the FARE East European Development Project supported by partners including the Eastern European Development Institute, the African Centre, NEEKA Foundation and Arsenal Kiev fans.
A photo library of activities can be seen here.
click here for the FARE list of Action Week activities