Kick racism – International FairPlay Cup for Youth teams in Vienna12 May 2005

This weekend, the FARE (Football Against Racism in Europe) Network will launch the International FairPlay Cup for youth teams. Kicking off on 14 May 2005 in Vienna, the tournament is supported by UEFA, European football’s governing body. It will bring together 51 teams to celebrate the diversity of cultures under the banner of “Kick Racism”

Austrian FARE partner ”FairPlay. Different Colours. One Game” together with Favoritner Athletic Club have invited this year clubs from Serbia & Montenegro, Hungary, Slovakia, Germany and Austria.

Moving Cultures Festival

The tournament aims to promote a broad commitment across Europe to fight racism and discrimination at amateur and youth football – in the stadiums, on the pitch, in administration, in coaching and sport education – and also in the media. It is part of the multicultural festival “moving cultures”, which takes place in the Vienna district of Favoriten, a traditional working class area with a long standing history of immigration.

At the festival contemporary projects from Austria mix with other groups from Europe, Africa, Asia and Latin America. One of them, the Brazilian musical group Moleque de Rua, will perform at the opening of the FairPlay Cup on Saturday at the stadium of Favoritner AC.

Diverse Mix of Teams

The third edition of the FairPlay Cup will gather several teams from minority backgrounds such as Galatasaray Vienna, LPR Roma Vychod and SC Maccabi, the only Jewish football club in Vienna. The International clubs are FK Rad Belgrade, FK Semederevo, FK Obilic Belgrad and FK Olympic Novisad (all form Serbia & Montenegro), Haladas Szombathely (Hungary) and Grün Weiß Wittenberg (Germany).

Representatives of LPR Roma Vychod, a Roma team from Cemerne/Presov in Slovakia, have been participating in the conference of the FARE network held in Bratislava in April. The conference particularly focused on the discrimination of Roma and Sinti and the issue of right-extremist fan culture in central and Eastern European football.

International Support

Honorary patrons of the third edition of the FairPlay-Cup are former Yugoslavian International Aco Trifunovic (FK Partizan, Ascoli) and Austrian International Sebastian Martinez, who’s recent goals got SK Rapid Vienna to the top of the league.

Rapid playmaker Martinez, who also holds an Uruguayan passport, told FairPlay:
“I believe in a society, where all can live together. I do not have prejudices, based neither on the colour of the skin, religion, culture or sexual orientation. This is something I want to pass on to young people. Football is a team sport and promotes team spirit and this is very important for the integration of migrants.”

Martinez and Trifunovic will be present at the prize giving ceremony for the Under-15 tournament on Sunday (17– 18 hrs).

The 3rd Favoritner FairPlay Cup is co-sponsored by the Viennese district Favoriten, the city council of Vienna and the network FARE – Football Against Racism in Europe.

For further information please contact Michael Fanizadeh +43 676 77 0 4343 (Mobile) or +43 1 713 35 94-91

For a detailed programme go to www.FairPlay.or.at or www.movingcultures.org.