FARE Public Hearing in the European Parliament in Brussels, 30 November 200518 November 2005

Public Hearing: Tackling Racism in European Football

The Football Against Racism in Europe (FARE) Network will be hosting a
Public Hearing on Racism and Discrimination in European Football at the
European Parliament in Brussels between 17:00 – 18:15 on the 30th
November 2005.

This meeting will feature speakers including former footballers, leading European
Politicians and prominent campaigners against racism and discrimination
in football from across the continent.

The public hearing will present the development of the FARE network over
the last five years and identify the challenges and priorities for
future action.

The Football Against Racism in Europe (FARE) network was formally
launched in the European Parliament before the European Championships
in 2000. Since then the movement against racism and discrimination in football
has gathered momentum. FARE has mobilised fans, NGOs, ethnic minority
groups, governing bodies and clubs in 35 European countries to make a
stand against racism. Nevertheless, concerns over racism, far-right activity and the
exclusion of minorities in the sport persist and often mirror events in
society as a whole.

The session will have two elements with speakers including:
Claude Moraes, MEP, UK, Chairman of the Anti-Racism and Diversity Intergroup
Johannes Swoboda, MEP, Vice-Chairman of the PES Group
Daniela Conti, FARE & UISP, Italy
High profile representatives of UEFA and the European Commission, DG Education and Culture
Jan Peeters, President of the Belgian Football Federation (KBVB / URBSFA)
Emine Bozkurt, PES / NL, Anti-Racism and Diversity Intergroup
Paul Elliott, former Chelsea FC, Celtic & AS Bari player
Yves Eigenrauch, former FC Schalke 04
Valeriu Nicolae, European Roma Information Office (ERIO)
Piara Powar, FARE & Kick It Out, UK

The public hearing is hosted by the FARE network and the Anti-Racism and Diversity Intergroup of the Parliament and supported by UEFA.

Journalists who want to attend: Please register by sending your name, organisation, date of birth and address to fare@vidc.org or fax it to 0043 1 713 35 94 – 73 by the 24