Argentinian giant River Plate hold debate on football and discrimination06 May 2015


The event, exclusive to River Plate members, brought together speakers from inside and outside the club’s structures, who addressed topics including: identity; the relationship between discrimination, law and sanctions; sexism and the analysis of derogatory terms used in stadiums.

The debate provided a platform to raise awareness of the issues around discrimination in football, highlighting the consequences of discriminatory behaviour.

In September 2014, the Argentinian club was fined €23.440 and forbidden to sell tickets for three CONMEBOL matches as a visitor for fans’ xenophobic chants against Bolivian and Paraguayan people during the Copa Sudamerica encounter with Godoy Cruz.

A follow up event will take place on 21 October at Espacio de Memoria y Derechos Humanos in the Argentinian capital to further the discussions around the topic.

Encontrarse en la diversidad is a civil rights organisation that fosters debates on social exclusion and inequality in Argentinian society and through collaborations looks to promote cultural awareness.