Greece roundtable announced as situation takes turn for worse15 March 2011

FARE has announced the dates of a long- planned roundtable in Greece, as football in the country faces a difficult future with allegations of match-fixing and hooliganism, preceded by growing incidents of racism and xenophobia in recent months.

The incidents of abuse came to a head with insults directed at Albanian international Kristi Vangjeli of Super League club Aris late last year, and by attacks on French International, Djibril Cisse and Cedric Kante of Panathinaikos after the Athens derby in March.

Call for more action
The attacks have lead to widespread concern and a call for clubs and their fans to do more to tackle the problems they face.

The roundtable on April 14th will bring together stakeholders in the country with a fans meeting planned the evening before to mobilise supporter groups.

Whilst FARE has been working with the Black European Womens Council for a number of years to run activities during the Action Weeks, with the support of the Superleague, each October, there is recognition that more needs to be done with fans, community groups and football uniting together.

Djibril Cisse said recently after the Athens Derby and the problems he faced,
“This season the atmosphere in the stands has got worse… I have been the victim of monkey chants, of racist insults.”

‘Football should be a way of uniting us’
The round-table will be lead by Athens-based FARE Board member, Yvette Jarvis, who said, “We want to work with the football authorities, fans and progressive voices to ensure that challenges are made, educational measures undertaken and a sense of tolerance is reinstated.

“We have many problems in Greece, sport should be a means of uniting us, not a focus of division.”

If your group is interested in joining the FARE roundtable, or associated events, please email info @ farenet.org with details of your organisation.