The friendly game on 16 July 2008 (kick-off: 18.30 CET) at the home of FC Solothurn has a dominant anti-racism theme.
Following the activities organised by UEFA and the Football Against Racism in Europe (FARE) network during Euro 2008, the friendly is FC Solothurn's contribution to the European Unite Against Racism campaign.
“There's no place for racism at FC Solothurn! We're proud of the international background of our players, our fans and our members of staff. Football unites, racism divides!”
Team captains to read out anti-discrimination message
As at the Euro 2008 semi-finals in Basel and Vienna, the players of both teams will hold up two banners bearing the message 'FOOTBALL AGAINST RACISM!' before the game. The team captains will wear special armbands and read out the following message pro diversity and against discrimination in football in their own language:
“My team-mates and I wish to make clear that we oppose all forms of discrimination. At Euro 2008 we saw how football can bring people together and how we can express our passion together irrespective of religion, nationality or colour of skin. Join the fight against racism!”
The action is being organised by FC Solothurn in association with UEFA and FARE. It was proposed and is supported by the Canton Solothurn delegate for integration at the office for social security (ASO), Albert Weibel.