Despite rainy weather FARE partner Ludia proti rasizmu held a very succesfull international tournament in Bratislava, together with a discussion on the representation of minorities and immigrants in football.
A panel discussion included with Slovak FA representative, the technical director of SFZ and coach of national team of Slovakia under 19s, Pavol Peráèek, romani activist and coach Vladimír Sendrei, romani referee Martin Daniel, and ambassador of Ludia proti rasizmu, plus Central African footballer Alias Lembakoali (one of the former top scorers in the Slovak premier league)
DVD to be used as an educational tool
Discussion was shot on DVD by 2 cameras and will be ready to be used as educational tool in Slovak elementary and high schools. The director of Slovak gymnasia association warmly welcomed the discussion and is planning to put the DVD into educational lessons on tolerance and intercultural dialogue.
Twelve teams took part, including sides from Romania and Czech Republic. A strong message of unity was sent out by the team consisting of both slovak with hungarian minority fans. There were also colourful and diverse football teams, made up from romani minority, arab-muslim, African and South American players.
The Ali Lembakoali's (Ambassador of OZ Ludia proti rasizmu and FARE in Slovakia) All Stars team included former Slovak national stars, Jozef Majoroš, Roman Kratochvíl, Jozef Barmoš, former keeper of Slovan Bratislava Vojin Prole, as well as five players from Sloval Premier side FK Senica.
A FARE exhibition,was displayed, and a memorable day ended with a concert by Sendreiovci, a romani music band, at the awards reception.
Media coverage: great success
The two most popular private television stations- MARKIZA and JOJ reported the event in prime time of their news summaries, also MARKIZA continued to broadcast the shot in their morning show.
Popular Internet TV Huste.TV broadcasted 3 games live, with the host promoting the 11th FARE ACTION WEEK in commentary.