Leading Dutch club PSV Eindhoven organised an anti-racism day at the home match against Sparta Rotterdam on 25th October. This was the fourth time PSV had joined the FARE Action Week. The match day programme featured a special on the fight against racism; captain Phillip Cocu read a letter with an anti-racism message and the teams of PSV and Sparta posed for a picture, showing a banner against racism.
Patrick van de Voort from the PSV Experience team commented:
“Before the match, a video clip with our captain Philip Cocu was shown in the stadium. The whole stadium was quiet and listened to what he had to say. Following the video, all the fans gave him a big round of applause. After the toss the players of PSV, Sparta and the referee took the banner with the text “Unite against Racism” and showed it to the fans in the stadium. Again there was a big applause from the fans.
During the match our captain was wearing a special captain's band with the text “United against Racism”. On the big scoreboards we showed the logo of FARE for the whole match, and in our free magazine “PSV flits” – which every visitor gets when they enter the stadium -we carried an article about FARE and the campaign against racism in football”.
PSV are one of the few Dutch clubs who have joined the FARE Action Week, not helped by an apparent lack of interest by the Dutch media. This is a situation that FARE will seek to address in the coming months.