European football and the Football People action weeks28 October 2013

FromCroatiatoSpain,theFareactionweekshaveseensupportacrossEuropewithclubs,players,professionalleaguesandnationalassociationsgettingbehindthemessageofinclusivity.

The FA’s of Austria, Hungary, Ireland, Malta, Moldova, Northern Ireland and Switzerland have expressed their support by dedicating match-days and organising anti-discrimination initiatives during the period.

Swiss coach Ottmar Hitzfeld led the way, “It seems obvious to me and my team to get involved in this campaign against racism and discrimination. We are happy to kick-off the Fare Action Weeks activities in Switzerland at the match against Slovenia”.

The Austrian Bundesliga and most of the Swiss leagues (Raiffeisen Super League, Challenge League Brack.ch, amateur 2 Interregional league, Swiss Women’s National League A and B) have made public statements encouraging the campaign and asked their clubs to get involved.

Similarly, the Welsh leagues and the Greek Super League have dedicated match-days to the initiative.
In France, leagues 1 and 2 have worked with Fare partner Licra to dedicate the period to publicising a mobile application that encourages supporters and other to take action against racism. In the US the Major Soccer League have publicised their support.
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Through social media campaigns, videos, panel discussions, displays of banners and flags, anti-discriminatory messages and the wearing of Football People t-shirts, several professional clubs also united against discrimination in the game.

The Croat clubs GNK Dinamo Zagreb and HNK Hajduk Split joined the national campaign against discrimination organised by YASA, a Fare partner in Croatia.

AEK Athens and Red Bull Salzburg dedicated match-days to the campaign, while  Celtic FCValencia FC and SG Dynamo Dresden produced anti-discrimination videos with their teams.

During the UEFA Champions League and Europa leagues matches clubs and players pledged to challenge racism and discrimination.

“From the start of our fight against racism, it was impressive how many stars, how many players, how many officials have encouraged us, have actively participated… This is very important in terms of awareness,” said UEFA General Secretary Gianni Infantino.