Football is everything….Succesful first evening against homophobia in German Football
October 12, 2007 Olympic Stadium, Berlin
The invitation went out to Football governing bodies, pro clubs, officials and sport professionals. Only a handful of Football governing bodies and pro clubs showed up, which illustrates that raising awareness of the reoccurring problem of homophobia in Football is still very important.
However both the German Football Association (DFB) and the German Football League (DFL) supported the evening and together will support further activities of the EGLSF, including a friendly match between gays and lesbians and officials from DFB/DFL.
The next steps will include similar evenings in Norway (December 2007), Denmark (May 2008) and Switzerland (June 2008). Contacts are already established with partners in England, France and Austria, with possibly follow-up events in Germany.
The following Declaration “Fighting Discrimination in Football” was adopted:
The participants support this declaration and conclude to transfer these objectives in their clubs and organisations:
– Bringing up all forms of discrimination
Anybody determined to fight discrimination must first acknowledge the fact that there are other forms of discrimination in football besides racism. These include discrimination of challenged persons, anti-Semitism, homophobia, islamophobia, sexism and xenophobia. He or she must also acknowledge that any form of discrimination is always directed at people involved in the football world such as fans, players, coaches, assistants, referees, etc.
– Incorporating anti-discrimination paragraphs in stadiums and club statutes
Hostilities in football concerns everybody, not just women, homosexuals or persons of different faith. For this reason, not just anti-racism, but anti-discrimination paragraphs will be incorporated in stadium and club statutes. These sections will state that nobody may be discriminated against because of their sexual orientation, skin colour, gender, challenge or faith.
– Targeted Actions
Simply introducing this paragraph will not suffice. In order to make the public aware of the new provisions, their introduction should be supplemented by PR activities such as panel discussions, flyers handed out at stadiums, and statements by players. Activities should also include educating security guards, coaches, referees, assistants and youth teams on a regular basis in order to guard against prejudice and eliminate its foundations.
– Supporting the diversity of football
Diversity in football should be presented as a matter of course, e.g. by covering women’s football on a regular basis or by reporting on the many ways in which gays and lesbians, women, ethnic minorities etc. are involved in football. By actively working together with gays and lesbians, migrants, women’s football clubs, female fan clubs, etc. we can take sides against discrimination and reduce existing prejudice step by step.
– Making discrimination public
Discriminatory behaviour or wearing provocative symbols will be registered and documented in order to make it available for analysis. This will be helpful for finding solutions and/or for imposing sanctions against the wrongdoer or the institution in question. Therefore every club and organisation should appint an anti-discrimination representative.
The declaration was signed by:
FFC Turbine Potsdam
Blaue Bengel Bielefeld
Bundestagsfraktion Bündnis 90/Die Grünen “Die Grüne Tulpe”
Deutsche Fußball Liga
F_IN Frauen im Fußball (Netzwerk)
Faninitiative “Bunte Kurve” FC Sachsen Leipzig
FC Carl Zeiss Jena e.V.
FC Energie Cottbus e.V.
FSV Frankfurt 1899 e.V.
Hamburger Sport-Verein e.V.
LSVD Berlin-Brandenburg “Respect Gaymes”
MAKKABI Deutschland e.V.
Roter Stern NordOst Berlin
SC Rot-Weiß Oberhausen e.V.
SG Dynamo Dresden