WE are Football People, is the message in 50 countries

The 2013 Fare action weeks in October heralded a two week period in which football made a stand against discrimination and celebrated diversity.

We are Football People was the message through hundreds of activities taking place in 46 countries in Europe and in the continents of Africa, South America and North America.

The action weeks is the biggest event of its kind in Europe and unites fans, minority groups, activists and grassroots groups with players, clubs, leagues and football federations in a united message against all forms of discrimination on and off the pitch.

Over 270 groups have been awarded grants to support activities that included stadium choreographies, tournaments, debates, flash-mobs and other action against to tackle discrimination through football.

European football governing body UEFA has given its support by highlighting the campaign at forthcoming Champions League and Europa League games. Forty matches across Europe will set out a ‘No to Racism’ message. The message was supported by a viral video featuring some of the best players in world football.

The executive director of the Fare network Piara Powar said: “The action weeks are a celebration of the positive change that football can bring and an opportunity to seek new solutions to tackle discrimination. The Football People theme reflects the message of unity and inclusiveness.

“We are proud that the Action Weeks are now the largest social message activity in sport, with involvement from small grassroots groups to some of the largest clubs in Europe through the UEFA Champions League and Europa League.”

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