LICRA – FURD collaboration in Geneva during Euro 200826 June 2008

June 7 2008: LICRA takes part in the FARE opening ceremony in Basel, Switzerland.
At this event, a number of professional players from past and present, football fans and various non-government organisations emphasised how football can play an important and necessary role in the fight against racism.

FURD (Football Unites, Racism Divides) and LICRA (International League against Racism and Anti-Semitism) were present in Geneva, Switzerland, from June 7 2008 to June 15 2008.

For the last few months Laurence Genoud worked for LICRA Switzerland as a project leader for EURO 2008 and together with FURD organised Streetkick tournaments played in Geneva between June 7 and June 15 2008 in order to combat racism and promote fair play. These football tournaments brought together fans, minority groups and young people who are passionate about football or who wanted to obtain information about LICRA and the FARE network. The Streetkick games were held in two locations in Geneva: the Place du Rhône and the Place de Plainpalais.

Due to their experience in this field LICRA and the FARE network acted as monitoring organisations for racist incidents during the matches of Euro 2008. A round-the-clock multilingual telephone line and an email address were made available to victims (or witnesses) to report any racist or discriminatory incidents.