LICRA Press Release – Launch of the 10th FARE Action Week14 October 2009

The network of FARE (Football Against Racism in Europe) organisations this year celebrates the 10th edition of the European week of action against racism and discrimination in football, kicking off on 15 October throughout the continent (until 27 October).

LICRA, as a permanent member of the FARE admin group, is once again responsible for coordinating projects in France and French-speaking countries. Many anti-racism initiatives are blossoming in France, from professional football right down to the amateur game and football in schools.

Three of LICRA’s national partners are involved in the FARE Action Week.
Rama Yade, the French Secretary of State for Sports, will take part in a fact-finding trip to London on 24 October organised by LICRA and Ligue de Football Professionnel (French Professional Football League – LFP). The delegates will examine measures taken by English football to counter violent and racist behaviour.

LFP and LICRA have called upon all professional clubs to become active and deliver an anti-racist, message (“Ignoring racism is accepting racism”) at the 9th and 10th rounds of Ligue 1 matches and the 10th, 11th and 12th rounds of Ligue 2 matches.

The French Football Federation (FFF) has also made a commitment to encourage its 22,500 clubs to highlight the fight against racism on the weekend of 17-18 October.

Information on all projects initiated by national partners and LICRA local sections is given below.

Racism in football
Details of activities in France and French-speaking countries for the 2009 FARE Action Week.

16/10/2009: Zurich, Switzerland – Activities at the match between the Africa-Switzerland Sports Organisation and a FIFA team.
This football match in Zurich has been arranged to promote the integration of young immigrants through football and make the public aware of the fight against racism.

16/10/2009 and 19/10/2009: France – 10th round of Ligue 2 matches.
LICRA and LFP have sent a kit to all Ligue 2 clubs. The clubs have been invited to use this at their league matches. Messages will be read out by PA announcers and team captains before the match. Red “Football Against Racism” cards will be displayed as the players enter the pitch.

17/10/2009 and 18/10/2009: France – 9th round of Ligue 1 matches.
LICRA and LFP have sent a kit to all Ligue 1 clubs. The clubs have been invited to use this at their league matches. Messages will be read out by PA announcers and team captains before the match. Red “Football Against Racism” cards will be displayed as the players enter the pitch.

17/10/2009: Montpelier – Activities at the Montpelier HSC v. AS Saint Etienne match.
Players will display red “Football Against Racism” cards before the match. A reminder of the law will be displayed on big screens and printed in the match programme. The announcer will read out messages against racism.

18/10/2009: Croix – 5th round of the French Cup, Croix (DH) v. Lesquin (CFA2).
The Lille section of LICRA will act in conjunction with Ligue du Nord Pas de Calais to make the fight against racism the theme of this match.

18/10/2009: Istres – Activities at the fifth round of the French Cup match between FC Istres Rassuen and SC du Las Toulon.
Minnows in the competition, FC Istres Rassuen want this match to be played under the banner of the fight against racism. The players will wear “Ignoring racism is accepting racism” T-shirts when warming up and FARE banners will be displayed around the ground.

18/10/2009: Bas-Rhin – The Bas-Rhin section of LICRA will organise activities with the Alsace Football League.
The players will wear “Ignoring racism is accepting racism” T-shirts when warming up for the D2 women’s match of CS Mars Bischheim against US La Veore and during the fifth round of the French Cup in which CS Mars Bischheim will play Sarre Union. A LICRA stand will be set up in conjunction with the Alsace Football League.

18/10/2009: Châlons-en-Champagne – The Châlons-en-Champagne section of LICRA will organise activities.
T-shirts and posters will be handed out to youngsters from the Ardennes district during weekend matches.

18/10/2009 and 19/10/2009: Auvergne – Activities during Auvergne Football League matches.
The Auvergne Football League will urge its clubs to have team captains read out a message of tolerance before each of the weekend’s matches.

19/10/2009 and 20/10/2009: Périgueux – Activities by the Périgueux section of LICRA.
The local LICRA section will organise the third annual friendly challenge to promote tolerance in football in collaboration with the Périgueux Futsal Club.

21/10 to 27/10/2009: Echirolles – A mural against racism and film on the Equality Tournament.
After a private viewing, the new mural will be displayed at the stadium of Echirolles (CFA 2). A women’s tournament will also be organised with the highlight being a screening of the film on the Equality Tournament (27/10/2009).

22/10/2009: La Bassée – Cross-country race against discrimination at the Boilly Technical College.
T-shirts and banners against racism to be supplied to Boilly College at a cross-country race to raise student awareness.

23/10/2009: Metz – Activities at the FC Metz v. EA Guingamp match.
The players will wear “Put racism offside” T-shirts during the warm-up. At half-time 400 youngsters, wearing the same T-shirts, will do a lap of the stadium bearing banners extolling the virtues of “solidarity”, “respect” and “fair play”. Over 1,200 licensed players have been invited to attend the match by FC Metz, the Moselle region and the Lorraine Football League.

23/10/2009 and 25/10/2009: Metz – Football tournament for third and fourth year classes of the De la Salle Institute.
Banners will be displayed around the school’s football pitch. The students will wear T-shirts bearing slogans against racism.

23/10/2009 and 27/10/2009: France – 11th and 12th rounds of Ligue 2 matches.
LICRA and LFP have sent a kit to all Ligue 2 clubs. The clubs have been invited to use this at their league matches. Messages will be read out by PA announcers and team captains before the match. Red “Football Against Racism” cards will be displayed as the players enter the pitch.

24/10/2009 and 25/10/2009: France – 10th round of Ligue 1 matches.
LICRA and LFP have sent a kit to all Ligue 1 clubs. The clubs have been invited to use this at their league matches. Messages will be read out by PA announcers and team captains before the match. Red “Football Against Racism” cards will be displayed as the players enter the pitch.

24/10/2009: Boulogne sur Mer – Activities at the US Boulogne CO v. AS Monaco FC match.
The players will wear T-shirt bearing slogans against racism during the warm-up. Activities in the stands.

24/10/2009: Bas-Rhin – Activities by the Bas-Rhin section of LICRA at the U-19 match of Folgensbourg eps against CS Bourtzviller.
The players will wear “Ignoring racism is accepting racism” T-shirts during the warm-up.

25/10/2009: Liège, Belgium – Activities at the Royal Racing FC Montegnée v. Oreye match.
The team captains will wear “United Against Racism” armbands and fans will be encouraged to wave red cards against racism. FARE banners will be displayed at the stadium.

25/10/2009: Fargniers – Activities at the ESC Tergnier-FC portugais de Vouel v. Aulnois-sous-Laon match.
Anti-racism stand and drawing competition. Banners to be displayed. The ESCT- FCPV players will wear anti-racism T-shirts.

25/10/2009: Bas-Rhin – Activities by Bas-Rhin section of LICRA.
The theme of the FCSK06 v. ASI Avenir and Dinsheim v. Ernolsheim sur Bruche matches will be action against racism. The players will wear anti-racism T-shirts during the warm-up.

Many more projects are being finalised. An updated list is available on the LICRA website at http://www.licra.org