The Arena AufSchalke is set to host the latest initiative by FARE to challenge racism & discrimination within the game. The prestigious FARE conference 2004 will bring together grassroots activists from all across Europe to the home of FC Schalke 04 on Friday 6th February. The conference is titled “Networking against racism and discrimination in European football – the role of fans, football clubs and ethnic minorities”. Its aim is to enable the sharing and development of good practice between fan groups.
Rudi Assauer, FC Schalke 04 Manager, will open the conference, followed by welcome speeches from the Schalker Fan-Initiative who have coordinated the event. Patrick Gasser from UEFA will describe the importance of the close cooperation between UEFA and FARE, to present a united front against racism. Anthony Baffoe, Journalist and former Ghana international, will highlight the experiences of ethnic minority footballers and the fight against racism in Germany.
However, FARE conferences have always been more than mere presentations. The bulk of the conference will be devoted to workshops, where grassroots activists can discuss and formulate real-world strategies with other like-minded experts. The event is designed as a catalyst, to enhance and share good-practice across Europe.
The workshops will consist of:
- Anti-racism work with fans, football clubs and the local community
- Combating homophobia and other forms of discrimination in football
- The anti-racist programme and fan embassies at the UEFA EURO 2004 and the
- FIFA World Cup 2006
- Networking and involvement of ethnic minorities and migrant groups
The conference will close with the delegates being invited as special guests to the FC Schalke 04 – TSV 1860 Munich match.