Del Bosque and Platini offer support to activities
Spain coach Vincent Del Bosque this week gave his support for a period of activities that have become amongst the biggest social projects in European sport.
The boost from the Spanish legend came as the UEFA Champions League and Europa League games featured messages in support of the period through activities at 41 European games this week.
The Football People Action Weeks feature activities in football by fans, community groups, players, clubs and local authorities in a united stand against discrimination and a celebration of the diversity of the European game.
Support from leaders of football
Spain coach Vincent Del Bosque offered his support for the campaign by saying, “We cannot judge people based on their background. To me harmony amongst a group is everything, we cannot allow individuals to be isolated because of their background or race.
“We cannot and must not be cautious in challenging this problem, our future depends on it. I support the FARE action weeks.”
UEFA President Michel Platini offered his support for the campaign, “I am proud to be part of the ‘Football People’ campaign which highlights UEFA' s commitment to tackling discrimination in football in partnership with the FARE network for over 10 years.
“We have worked side by side the FARE network on what is a central pillar in European football and will continue to strive towards a respect for diversity in the game.”
Highlights from week one
Highlights of action during the past week have included activities at top- level matches in Austria, England, France, Greece, Germany, Poland, Scotland, Switzerland, Slovakia, Spain and Wales.
In Spain a major conference, ‘Sharing Values’ attracted big names from Spanish football including Vincent Del Bosque, Real Madrid legend Fernando Hierro, current Spain and Malaga midfielder Santi Cazorla, Sevilla forward Frederic Kanoute and FA President Angel Villar Ilona.
In Poland, Slovakia, Macedonia, the Netherlands and the UK activities involving current and former players have been taking place.
A feature of many activities has been the involvement of the Roma and messages against homophobia.
Events during week two
Anticipated highlights from the second week will include:
France: Ligue 1 match Paris St Germain vs. Dijon on the 23rd October will feature a giant choreography in the stands, and a ceremony at kick-off with Fencer and campaigner Laura Flessel.
Russia: A conference on the 23rd organised by the Institute for Globalization and Social Movements will address the issue of right-wing activity amongst football fans. Activists, sociologists, football fans and foreign experts will attend.
Greece: On 21st October FARE partner the Black European Women’s Council, the International School of Athens and the Filipino School will work with a celebrity athlete for a day of solidarity against discrimination.
Germany: A joint venture between FC Köln-Fanprojekt, FC-Ultra-Fangruppe Coloniacs and BiBeriS will organise an action day against racism and discrimination in Cologne. This year’s activities are themed “Against right-wing extremism in sport”. Activities will includes an exhibition, a youth tournament, lectures and activities against right-wing extremism before the Bundesliga match between FC Köln and FC Augsburg.
Moldova: A football match in Vadul-Rascov will involve villages in a rural area with residents Roma, Gagauzia, Moldovan, Romanian, Ukrainian and Bulgarian backgrounds all participating under the slogan ‘No Racism in football in Moldova’.
Full country by country details of the Action Weeks activities are available on www.farenet.org
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