German FA takes stand against homophobia14 October 2009

The German Football Association (DFB) has placed today's international between Germany and Finland in Hamburg under the motto “No to homophobia in football” as the German National Team Fan Club (NTFC) steps up its efforts against discrimination in football.

Before the game the NTFC will be staging a round table discussion with DFB president Dr Theo Zwanziger, representatives of gay and lesbian supporters clubs, and two former players. Afterwards the NTFC will sign the joint declaration “No to discrimination in football” in the presence of Dr Zwanziger.

The match programme will also feature a two-page article on homosexuality.

The DFB's activities for this year's FARE Action Week will take place under the motto 'Many colours, one game – no to discrimination of homosexuals in football'. A total of 80,000 leaflets will be distributed at German grounds to promote greater tolerance for gays and lesbians.

The leaflet was put together by the German network of gay and lesbian supporters clubs (QFF), the European Gay and Lesbian Sport Federation (EGLSF) and the Federation of Active Football Fans (BAFF).

Round table – Fans against discrimination and homophobia
14 October 2009, 2-3 pm
Hotel InterContinental, Fontenay 10, Hamburg

Participants:
Dr Theo Zwanziger
Helmut Spahn, Head of Security and Prevention, DFB
Michael Sander, NTFC organiser
Johannes Bade, SV Hamburg supporters club 'Blue Pride'
Dirk Brüllau, St. Pauli supporters club 'Queerpass'
Marcus Urban
Tanja Walther-Ahrens
Christian Deker, Queer Football Fanclubs (network of gay and lesbian supporters clubs)

Chair: Ronny Blaschke