As part of the international week of action organised by the Football
Against Racism in Europe (FARE) network in association
with the the European governing body (UEFA), the German Football League
will stage an extensive event in Week 8
of the season (20-23 October). Spectators at every stadium will be
handed a red card bearing the message “Show racism
the Red Card” and will be asked to hold it aloft at the same time.
“We want to send out a signal. The Bundesliga stands for
internationality, cosmoplitanism and tolerance. We therefore feel it is important to support this European-wide week of action”, explained
league president Werner Hackmann:
“There's room for racism and discrimination in our football.”
German football has a long history of supporting efforts against all
kinds of discrimination. The “My Friend is a Foreigner” campaign, for example, took place as early as 1993. The clubs and companies have
also been involved in a number of activities in recent years, including the “Day against Forgetting” and “The Week of Tolerance”.