Polish national team send out a clear message14 June 2006

The Poland football squad have used the World Cup as a platform to pledge their support to Polish FARE partner Never Again Association and stamping racism out of football.

The players posed for photographs wearing specially designed t-shirts with the campaign's slogan, Let's kick racism out of stadiums across the front. The picture of the squad will be used on posters handed to fans in Germany.

Anti- racism campaigners in Poland hope the proactive move will help to raise awareness of the problem and encourage Polish football fans to get behind the drive to challenge racism in the game.

Marcin Kornak, the Chairman of Polish FARE partner Never Again Associationsaid;
We are against the manipulation of football culture by nazis and racists.
We are very happy the entire national team of Poland has taken part in our initiative to kick racism out of the stadiums.

Jacek Bak, team captain of the Poland National Team, said to FARE;
As someone who for almost all his career played outside his country I am fully aware that success in football is independent from your nationality, colour of the skin or religion. The only things which count are: hard work and a bit of talent. That’s why racism kills our sport and that’s why we should kick it out of the stadiums.

Polish fans have already taken part in FARE World Cup activities on the opening day of the tournament when FARE’s Street Kick game was in Gelsenkirchen.