Following a season in which racism has repeatedly hit the headlines across Europe, thousands of amateur footballers from across the continent have travelled to an international football festival in Italy to make a stand against racism and xenophobia.
The ’Mondiali Antirazzisti’, also known as the Anti- racist World Cup, has been organised by Italian FARE partner Progetto Ultra for the 8th year. This year’s Mondiali is again supported by FARE and has brought more than 200 teams from more than 25 countries together for the weekend tournament.
The Mondiali, one of the world’s largest gatherings of amateur footballers, has received widespread recognition for using the game to bring together the diverse cultures and people of Europe. The event is particularly successful in attracting some of the most difficult to reach footballing groups in Italy – the Ultras.
Carlo Balestri, one of the main organisers of the Mondiali from Progetto Ultras, said, “Each year the Mondiali offers an opportunity to stand united alongside our European neighbours and minority communities to underline the very clear universal message – that there is no place for racism in society.”
“Football crosses boundaries and helps to bring people together, the Mondiali illustrates this, highlighting how the power of the game can be used for positive change.”