FARE and FIFA announce World Cup plans31 March 2006

Campaigners from the Football Against Racism in Europe network have met with FIFA President Sepp Blatter and high-ranking delegates from the United Nations, European Parliament, FIFpro and German government.

At the meeting FARE and FIFA announced their partnership for the forthcoming World Cup in Germany. A series of anti- racism measures will be put in place to raise awareness of the issue, monitor any potential problems and engage fans with anti-racist messages while reaching out to the ethnic minority communities living in Germany. FIFA will also make the World Cup Quarter Finals anti-racism days with activities taking place inside and outside the stadiums.

With just over two months until the FIFA World Cup kicks off campaigners hope the partnership enables FARE to disseminate positive messages celebrating football’s diversity while taking an unequivocal stand against racism.

FARE also welcomed the recent amendment to FIFA’s disciplinary regulations, expressing that the move would support the ongoing campaigning at the grassroots level of the game. Delegates from the FARE network underlined that campaigners hoped the threat of these tougher sanctions would act as the catalyst for National Federations to become proactive in challenging racism, and form relationships with campaigning partners in their countries.

FIFA President Sepp Blatter welcomed the partnership with the FARE network and went on to state FIFA’s commitment to implementing the amended disciplinary regulation,
“Racism has, for far too long, been damaging the beautiful game we love. We have always adopted a firm stance against this plague, and recently the FIFA Executive Committee approved an amendment to the FIFA Disciplinary Code to impose stricter sanctions, including suspensions, point deductions and disqualification, to punish racist incidents. Now that we have the instruments, together, the football family can work to combat racism and discrimination.”

Kurt Wachter from FARE’s Austrian partner FairPlay-VIDC, attended the meeting and commented,
“FIFA’s amendment to the disciplinary regulations is good news for those campaigning against racism in the game. Importantly, the amendment covers all levels of the game but what is vital now is the implementation of the amended sanctions and ensuring that National Federations receive support in their work to challenge racism.”

“The World Cup presents the game with a great opportunity to highlight how football can bring people together and break down barriers. We hope that our partnership with FIFA in Germany will help to spread this message and kickstart a strong anti- racism campaign towards the next World Cup in South Africa.”

Revisit this site for details of FARE’s programme of activities during the World Cup in Germany!

FIFA's amendments to their disciplinary code can be found here: