Fans, fair play and the 2006 FIFA World Cup23 June 2005

FARE at the Football Culture Forum in Nuremberg

The German Academy of Football Culture [Deutsche Akademie für Fussballkultur] is marking the semifinal of the FIFA Confederation Cup by taking an in-depth look at the cultural, educational and social dimension of the forthcoming 2006 World Cup.

Under the motto “Fans, fair play and football values”, World Cup officials, fan representatives, academics and FARE members will gather for discussions at the Football Culture Forum [Forum Spielkultur] in Nuremberg on 24 and 25 June 2005.

Organised by Kicker-Sportmagazin and the City of Nuremberg, the forum will also focus on the work of the network Football Against Racism in Europe (FARE). The German FARE partner and society for anti-racist football culture, Floodlight, advised and assisted the academy's organising team in putting together the individual forum components.

At the Education Centre on Gewerbemuseumsplatz FARE will be represented not only through an information stand and a small exhibition, but also at two of the discussion forums. First, Gerd Dembowski of Floodlight will talk on the subject of “Football for fair play against discrimination, for fairness and tolerance” (25.6.05, 10.30, Fabersaal). He will be joined by the widely travelled former Bundesliga player Anthony Baffoe (ex-captain of Ghana and now a TV sports presenter). Floodlight is currently working on a bilingual exhibition called “Different Roots – One Game. Migration and Ethnic Minorities in European Football.”

At a forum chaired by the German culture journalist Dr Christof Siemes (Die Zeit), FARE representative Kurt Wachter (FairPlay, Vienna) will be joined by Jürgen Rollmann (former Bundesliga goalkeeper and now a 2006 FIFA World Cup coordinator for the German government), Dr Wolfgang Bader (of the “Goal for Germany” campaign run by the Goethe Institute), Jochen Hieber (Football Globe Culture Officer and Editor-in-Chief of Anstoss, the magazine published under the 2006 FIFA World Cup art and culture programme) and Prof. Julia Lehner (Nuremberg City Council Culture Officer). The forum is called and looks at the cultural and political benefits of programmes and projects run in connection with the 2006 FIFA World Cup (25.6.2005, 14.00, Fabersaal).

Following its successful anti-racist work at EURO 2004 in Portugal, FARE now intends to campaign against racism and discrimination at the 2006 World Cup in Germany.

This will no doubt be one of the subjects for discussion at a panel session (24.6.05, 19.10, Fabersaal) on the alternative World Cup motto “A time to be locked up?”, featuring Prof. Gunter A. Pilz (advisor on supporter issues to FIFA, UEFA, DFB), Gerhard Schlögl (Nuremberg Police, fan and security expert), FARE partners Kevin Miles (Football Supporters International) and Thomas Schneider (Coordinating Office for the German Fan Projects), and Wilko Zicht (Federation of Active Football Fans/BAFF).

On the occasion of the semi-finals of the Confederations Cup FIFA will stage its fourth “International Day against Discrimination”. FIFA intends to use the semi-final matches in Nuremberg and Hanover for targeted action against racism.