Champions League joins FARE Action Week19 October 2004

The UEFA Champions League is featured heavily in the FARE Action Week, with all 16 games in the competition featuring symbolic action against racism.

Europe’s football governing body UEFA will offer the spotlight of their top club competition to send out a powerful anti-racism message. At the Champions League matches played in the Week of Action each team will be accompanied on to the pitch by children wearing Unite Against Racism t-shirts, and special announcements will be made before each match.

Among the matches which feature anti-racism actions are Juventus vs. FC Bayern Munich Fenerbahce vs. Olympique Lyon (both on 19. 10), Panathinaikos FC vs. Arsenal and AC Milan vs. FC Barcelona, Valencia CF vs. Inter Milan (all on 20. 10.).

The UEFA announcement calls upon supporters, players, Directors and staff of home clubs “to tackle racism in all it's forms, and to make football stadia across Europe welcoming places for all fans regardless of their colour of skin, ethnic origin or culture”.

FARE is confident to use this high-profile action to communicate the philosophy of the Action Week to the entire European football family, including countries and leagues where racist behaviour and harassment still pose a serious problems for football and for society at large.

UEFA renews backing for the fight against racism
Until 26 October the FARE network will coordinate initiatives and events by fans, football clubs and ethnic minority groups in 33 European countries. UEFA is not only backing the week of action considerably with financial means, but offers their full support. General Secretary, Lars-Christer Olsson, said earlier:

“UEFA is genuinely committed to tackling racism in football. We have seen the damage prejudice and exclusion can cause and will not sit back and watch it spread. Through our close partnership with FARE we believe we have the right mechanism to educate supporters, administrators and players at every level of the game. Once again this October we look forward to supporting the week of action and encourage all members of the football family to join in the activities and take a stand against racism.”

After abandoned match PSV Eindhoven will become active
The abandoned match between ADO The Hague and PSV Eindhoven in the Dutch league has demonstrated once again, how essential efforts to eliminate discrimination from the game still are. Following massive anti-Semitic chants against the Dutch referee, the local authorities abandoned the game ten minutes before the end.

PSV Eindhoven will participate in FARE Action Week when they play Ajax Amsterdam on Sunday. Children will hold a banner saying “PSV against racism” during line-up and the FARE Action Week will be promoted in the match day programme and on the vidiwall. (end)

For the full List of Activities across Europe during the FARE Action Week, go to: