Sturm Graz and Honved unite against racism in Intertoto Cup18 July 2008

Sturm Graz and Honved will make an active stand against racism and discrimination when they meet in the UEFA Intertoto Cup at the UPC Arena in Graz on Saturday (kick-off: 1800 CET).

As at Euro 2008, the team captains will wear armbands bearing the message Unite Against Racism. On entering the stadium spectators will be given a bilingual leaflet produced by the two clubs, and inside the stadium posters with the slogan “We don't divide Black and White – We unite!” and special banners will be hung up.

In addition, the video clip “Different Languages – One Goal: No to Racism”, which was produced by FARE for UEFA and shown at every Euro 2008 match, will be shown before the kick-off.

The following announcement will also be read out before the game:
At Euro 2008 we saw how football can bring people together irrespective of our background, colour of skin, religion or nationality. We call upon all Sturm supporters to join the fight against racism!

The idea behind the initiative came from Sturm Graz, and it is being translated into reality with the help of FARE's Austrian partner, FairPlay, and FARE's partner organisation in Hungary, the “Mahatma Gandhi Human Rights Organisation”, which launched a campaign against racism in Hungarian football with the financial support of the Soros foundation “Open Society Institute” in June.

Racism and homophobia a problem at both clubs

Fans of 13-time Hungarian champions Honved came to attention with extreme rightwing activities during last season's UEFA Cup campaign. Banners with the emblems of the Nazi Germany youth organisation Deutsches Jungvolk and Celtic Crosses, a general racist symbol, were on display at Honved's home clash with SV Hamburg in Budapest on 16 August 2007.

On July 8 Sturm Graz fans unfurled a homophobic flag at the first game of the new Bundesliga season between Sturm and champions Rapid Vienna. It showed a Rapid fan performing oral sex on a policeman and bore the slogan “UR Gay”. UR stands for Ultras Rapid, Rapid's biggest supporters club.

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