Argentinian giant River Plate hold debate on football and discrimination06 May 2015

AdebatetoaddressxenophobicchantsinArgentinianfootballwasheldonFriday24April,inBuenosAires,hostedbythefirstdivisionclubRiverPlateincooperationwiththeorganisationEncontrarseenlaDiversidad.

The event, exclusive to River Plate members, brought together speakers from inside and outside the club’s structures, who addressed topics including: identity; the relationship between discrimination, law and sanctions; sexism and the analysis of derogatory terms used in stadiums.

The debate provided a platform to raise awareness of the issues around discrimination in football, highlighting the consequences of discriminatory behaviour.

In September 2014, the Argentinian club was fined €23.440 and forbidden to sell tickets for three CONMEBOL matches as a visitor for fans’ xenophobic chants against Bolivian and Paraguayan people during the Copa Sudamerica encounter with Godoy Cruz.

A follow up event will take place on 21 October at Espacio de Memoria y Derechos Humanos in the Argentinian capital to further the discussions around the topic.

Encontrarse en la diversidad is a civil rights organisation that fosters debates on social exclusion and inequality in Argentinian society and through collaborations looks to promote cultural awareness.

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