Several EURO qualifying matches are opening this year's FARE Action
Week, which starts on the 17 October – a highlight in the fight against
racism eight months before the kick-off of the UEFA EURO 2008(tm) in
Austria and Switzerland.
Action at EURO 2008 – Qualifiers
At the match Bosnia-Herzegovina against Norway, players will present a
banner saying “No to Racism, stop Nationalism”. In Malta children will
wear t-shirts with an anti-racist message and also players of the Malta
and Moldova teams are involved in the action by showing a red card to
racism in the line-up. At the match Ireland against Cyprus team captains
will wear “Unite Against Racism” – armbands and kids will bring a huge
anti-racist banner onto the pitch. Similar activities will take place in
Kiev where a banner with an anti-racism message will be displayed in
front of the players of Ukraine and Faroe Islands.
Further activities are taking place at the Netherlands-Slovenia and
Germany-Czech Republic qualifiers.
In addition to the EURO qualifying matches, at the friendly match
between Austria and Cote d'Ivoire in Innsbruck activities will mark the
start of the FARE Action Week. Fans in the stadium will show
choreographies whilst the team captains Ivanschitz and Drogba read
statements against racism on the pitch. Kids are wearing t-shirts with
the slogan “One Ball – One World” and official announcements about the
FARE Action Week are made over the tannoy. In addition fans will see a
performance of the Ayakata Dance Group.
FARE Action Week against racism and discrimination in European football
The FARE Action Week is the focus of European football's symbolic stand
against racism and discrimination.
Every corner of the continent is touched by the message. From the big
footballing nations in the West, across the vibrant fan cultures of the
South, to the old powerhouses of Eastern and Central Europe.
Activities are designed to raise awareness of the issue and underline
football's determination to tackle the problem. Initiatives are led by
campaigning NGOs, fan groups, clubs, national associations, ethnic
minorities, youth groups and schools.
In all, more than 2,000 activities will take place in 37 European