EURO 2008: FARE lunch reception, Saturday, 7 june, at the Hilton Hotel Basel05 June 2008

UEFA EURO 2008™ Anti-Racism Campaign to be kicked-off on opening day in Basel

On the opening day of the UEFA EURO 2008TM the joint campaign „Unite Against Racism“ of the European network FARE – Football Against Racism in Europe and UEFA will be launched at the Hilton Hotel Basel. Representatives of the media are cordially invited to the FARE lunch reception on Saturday 7 June (Start: 12:30).

Senses Erzik, UEFA 1st Vice President, will lead the involvement of the football family together with esteemed players, NGOs and fans. Also in attendance will be Benedikt Weibel, Delegate of the Swiss Federal Council for EURO 2008 and Barbara Prammer, President of the Austrian National Council.

At the reception the activities FARE is organising during UEFA EURO 2008™ across Austria and Switzerland will be presented, including the first viewing of the video spot „Different Languages, One Goal – No To Racism” which will be played at all matches.

Esteemed ex-players including Ramon Vega former captain of the Swiss team and Tottenham Hotspur as well as Paul Elliott (Chelsea FC and Celtic FC), Anthony Baffoe (former Ghana captain) and Yves Eigenrauch (FC Schalke 04) will act as ambassadors against racism and take part at a Question and Answer session.

Jean-Claude Biver of Hublot, the offical timekeeper of UEFA EURO 2008TM will talk about Hublots’ donation of its perimeter board space in all stadiums to the campaign against racism.

At Hilton Basel (Salon de Nations, Aeschengraben 31, CH-4002 Basel) simultaneous interpretation into German and English will be provided.

Notes
The Unite Against Racism campaign at UEFA EURO 2008TM is carried out by the Football Against Racism in Europe (FARE) network in partnership with UEFA and with support of the international players union FIFPro.

Partnership
The reception is hosted by the Football Against Racism in Europe (FARE) network in partnership with the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) and supported by UEFA, the European Commission and FIFPro.

PROGRAMME

7 June 2008, 12:15 – 14:30
Venue: Hilton Basel, Salon des Nations
Aeschengraben 31, 4002 Basel, Switzerland

12:15 Drinks reception

12:30 Welcome
Benedikt Weibel, Delegate of the Swiss Federal Council for EURO 2008
Barbara Prammer, President of the Austrian National Council and FairPlay-vidc, FARE

Moderation: Matthias Aebischer, Swiss Broadcasting Cooperation

12:40 Introduction and presentation of FARE’s Unite Against Racism and Fans’ Embassies Programme, Piara Powar, FARE

12:45 Key note address
Senes Erzik, UEFA 1st Vice President

12:55 Austria Swiss national supporter endorsement
Jean-Claude Biver, CEO Hublot

13:00 Launch of film
First Viewing of the UEFA, European Commission and FARE Spot – Different Languages, One Goal: No To Racism

13:05 Signing the pledge “Unite Against Racism” at UEFA EURO 2008
Morten Kjærum, Director of European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights – FRA
Philippe Piat, President of FIFPro

13:15 Q+A with (ex-)players
Ramon Vega, former captain of Switzerland, Grasshoppers-Club, Tottenham Hotspurs
Paul Elliott, ex-player Chelsea FC, Pisa Calcio and Celtic FC
Anthony Baffoe, former captain of Ghana, Fortuna Duesseldorf and FC Metz
Yves Eigenrauch, UEFA Cup winner FC Schalke 04

13:40 Standing Lunch
Photo opportunity/ Media interviews

14:30 End