FARE Action Week peaks this weekend27 October 2006

The 7th annual FARE Action Week against racism and discrimination reached its second peak at the weekend 28-29th October.

PSV lead the way in Holland
Leading Dutch club PSV Eindhoven organised an anti-racism day at the home match against Sparta Rotterdam on 25th October. This was the fourth time PSV had joined the FARE Action Week. The match day programme featured a special on the fight against racism; captain Phillip Cocu read a letter with an anti-racism message and the teams of PSV and Sparta posed for a picture, showing a banner against racism.

Arsenal and Sheffield support Kick It Out
In England Arsenal FC fans raised cards reading “Arsenal for everyone” in the clubs colours in their new stadium to support the campaign organised by FARE partner Kick It Out. On the same day, 28th October, Sheffield United and FARE partner FURD created a fan choreography spelling out the message “Kick It Out” at the match against Premier League champions Chelsea FC.

Activities in Cyprus, Hungary, Romania and Moldova
For the first time the Cyprus Football were dedicated to the fight against racism.

Hungarian second league club Ferencvaros TC went on the field with members of the refugee counselling Mahatma Gandhi Human Rights Organisation, and the coordinator of the “All Different All Equal” campaign of the European Council gave a short speech before kick-off. In the first league the Hungarian Players Association organised that at all matches for the the players to wear anti-racism t-shirts for the warm-up, and for two children to present a FARE banner at line up.

In Romania the Football Federation together with the Roma Initiative Office, the Monitoring Press Agency, National Council Against Discrimination and European Roma Grassroots Organisation held a series of actions meant to stimulate social dialogue and promote tolerance and fair-play through football. At all nine matches taking place from 27-29 October banners were to be displayed by the players before kick-off. The players and referees wore t-shirts with the campaign's logo during the warm-up.

Fatima, a NGO of African migrants, aims to promote tolerance and friendship in Moldavian football and has organised matches between ethnic minority teams, refugees and youths during the second weekend of the FARE Action Week.

Women and football
The women’s team from German Bundesliga club Hannover 96 organised an action day with the support of the fan project. Brochures and buttons with the topics “Women and football” were distributed. On the cover of the brochure the migrant players of Hannover 96 carried a FARE banner. The slogan for the picture is: “Women for more tolerance and less discrimination in football”. The brochure contained information about FARE and the network as well as interviews with players concerning the topics racism, sexism and xenophobia within football.

50 meters against racism in Bern
“Together against racism”, a fan club from Young Boys Bern, produced a 50 metre long banner for the first league match against FC Zurich. The match day programme featured an article on the FARE Action Week and an anti-racism spot was shown on the video screen. Additionally the fan club planned a choreography and to distribute 20,000 postcards with the team and FARE logo.

Follow-up in Israel
The FARE Action Week will have some follow-ups, e.g. on 4th November in Israel where for the first time a group enriches the Action Week with its participation. The NGO “New Israel Fund” will organise that one hundred youngsters will parade on the pitch wearing “Let's Kick Racism Out of Israeli Football” t-shirts along with the two teams at the match Beitar Jerusalem vs. Maccabi Haifa.

The FARE Action Week ends on Monday, 30th October, and saw more than 1000 single activities in 37 European countries. A record of 14 European top leagues dedicated their league matches to the fight against racism, including Austria, Germany, England, Scotland, Belgium, Cyprus, Macedonia, Malta, Slovenia, Romania and Norway.