Incidents reported to FARE during October 201202 November 2012

The following list of incidents of racism, xenophobia, extreme nationalism or homophobia have been reported to FARE during the past month.

All reports have been brought to our attention through eye- witness or media accounts. FARE has third party reporting status with UEFA and FIFA on international matches, at a national level we can support incident reports made by members or national partners.

4 October – UEFA Europa League, Steaua Bucharest v FC Copenhagen

Racist chants directed at Gypsies and Roma witnessed by a FARE observer within the National Stadium. FARE observer report sent to UEFA.

7 October – Poland: Slask Wroclaw – Polonia Warsaw

Polish nationalists disseminated leaflets inviting to the March of the Patriots, on November 11 in Wroclaw. This march is organised by supporters of Slask Wroclaw and the local extreme right. In the past marchers performed anti-Semitic chants and Nazi salutes and sparked confrontations with anti-fascist protesters.

12 October – FIFA World Cup qualifier, Bulgaria v Denmark

Bulgarian fans were heard making monkey chants towards the black Danish international, Patrick Mtiliga. Report made to FIFA by FARE.

12 October – FIFA World Cup qualifier, Greece v Bosnia-Herzegovina

Bosnian supporters display Macedonia flags as an extreme provocation. Following this incident, away fans from Serbia display Greek flags at the FYRO Macedonia v Serbia match. Both are seen as highly provocative actions and re-actions in the context of the Balkans.

16 October – UEFA U21 qualifier, Serbia v England

Throughout the match in Krusevac, Serbia, the English players subject to racial abuse. Supporters were seen to make monkey chants and gestures. Reports made to UEFA by English FA.

20 October – Italy: Serie A, Juventus v Napoli

Juventus supporters allegedly chant extreme anti- southern hymns against the people of Napoli. They greet the Napoli supporters with banners and chants and urge the volcano Vesuvio to belch out and “wash them with flames”. Many Juventus supporters showed “bin bags” with posters which said “You dropped it from the bus”. They also showed banners “Benvenuti in Italia” (welcome to Italy) and flags “Napoli is not Italy”.

21 October – Poland: Lechia Gdańsk – Slask Wroclaw

During the first division match between Lechia Gdańsk and Slask Wroclaw fans of both clubs jointly exposed a flag depicting a Celtic cross which is a symbol of the far-right ‘White Power’ movement. Stewards intervened and the match went on without interruption.

24 October – Serbia: Cup match, FK Novi Pazar v FK Rad Belgrade

Fans from the home team displayed banners with, and chanted, the slogan “srce, bubreg, pluca – zivela zuta kuca” – translated as “heart, kidneys, lungs – long live the yellow house”. The “yellow house” was an Albanian house in Kosovo where criminal surgeries took place, organs were removed of Serbians and Roma people and sold worldwide.

27 October – Croatia: HNK Cibalia v GNK Dinamo

Towards the end of the match in the Croatian First Division the East Grandstand chanted ”gypsies, gypsies” and directed monkey chants at Domagoj Vida throughout the match, whenever the Dinamo footballer touched the ball. They also called him ”monkey, monkey”.

27 October 2012 – Portugal: Leixões v Belenenses

On the Portuguese second division football match between Leixões and Belenenses, the supporters of the home team were reported to the Portuguese Football Association for racist behaviour.

28 October – England: Chelsea FC v Manchester United

Chelsea allege that referee Mark Clattenburg used “inappropriate language” against John Obi Mikel and Juan Mata. The allegation is later clarified that Obi Mikel was called a “monkey”.

28 October – Croatia: RNK Split v HNK Hajduk

Supporters could be heard shouting ”HNS faggots, you fucked up football”

29 October – Israel: Beitar Jerusalem v Hapoel Tel Aviv

Hapoel’s Toto Tamuz was subjected to monkey chants by Jerusalem fans who also displayed bananas. The same abuse reportedly happened to two other black players, Apola Adel and Eric Dejamba Dejamba, whilst warming up. After scoring a gaol he celebrated by making a finger-to-mouth silencing gesture towards the away fans. Toto Tamuz was shown a second yellow card and sent off. The referee said the player had incited the crowd.

31 October – England: League Cup, Chelsea FC v Manchester United

A Chelsea supporter made monkey gestures towards Manchester United striker Danny Wellbeck.

October – Bosnia, Sarajevo

At a Slavia Sarajevo match in October about 100 people in the home Ultras make nazi-salutes twice during a game.

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