Austrian League speaks out24 October 2006

Over the week-end of the 21-22 October, the Austrian Bundesliga ran activities involving all first division clubs. For the first time team captains and ethnic minority players read out statements against racism. Players taking the microphone included the Austrian Internationals Sebastian Martinez (SV Ried) whose background is Uruguayan, Bosnian-born Zlatko Junuzovic (GAK) and the Swiss-Congolese Cédric Tsimba (Sturm Graz).

Also a new anti-racism video spot was aired in all stadiums and during the TV live broadcasts. FARE partner FairPlay-vidc produced 18.000 copies of an anti-racism fanzine which were distributed in the stadiums.

At the top match between Red Bull Salzburg and ruling champion FK Austria Vienna, Croatia and Salzburg team captain Niko Kovac made the statement on the pitch. The match was broadcast live by public free TV, and FairPlay activist Michael Fanizadeh was interviewed during half-time.

The video-spot produced by the Bundesliga and Premiere TV features Salzburg team manager Giovanni Trappatoni, and the former Lens and Juventus player Jocelyn Blanchard, captain of FK Austria Vienna.