Commitment of Slovak football to kick racism out24 October 2003

In Slovakia the National Football Association has called upon all clubs of the premier league to organise symbolic action during the forthcoming round to mark the commitment of Slovak football to kick racism out of the stadiums. Before the kick-off of the match ASK Inter Bratislava versus MSK Zilina players of both teams will raise red cards against racism, while an anti-racist announcement will be made. Similar events will happen at the remaining four matches of the first division.

At a joint press conference with the NGO People Against Racism (Ludia Proto Razismu) and a FARE representative in Bratislava, the Slovak Football Association expressed its continued commitment to fight racism in football. General Secretary Dusan Tittel said that the participation in the FARE Action Week constitutes their third action after the racist incidents at the EURO 2004 qualifier between Slovakia and England in October 2002. He also said that the disciplinary action taken by UEFA had the positive effect that the Slovak football became active. On the increasing presence of African players in the league the former Slovak International said that this will help to rise the quality of the domestic game.