All over Greece in 8 stadiums fans showed the RED card to Racism! Immigrant children wearing t-shirts with the slogan “Red Card to Racism” escorted players wearing FARE t shirts on to the pitch and raised the FARE banner. Announcements were made explaining the significance of FARE and the meaning of the RED card. All together fans, players and children raised their RED Cards and shouted “No” to Racism.
FARE tournament in Athens
On 22 October the City of Athens in cooperation with the NGO Black European Womens’ Council (BEWC) held it’s 3rd annual FARE tournament. 150 children, boys and girls, immigrants from 25 countries alongside their Greek friends shouted “Red Card to Racism”.
The traditional parade of colors around the pitch to the tune of “We Are The World” started the activities. The children participated in 6 round robin matches with the winner being Solidarity and Friendship! The games' highlight was the participation of veteran players from the renewed Olympiakos Team whose star studded line up played a symbolic match against a team of immigrants. The game ended in a tie 2-2 with great goals and plays throughout the match keeping the spectators on the edge of their seats!
Footballers from Panionios, Olympiakos, AEK & Panathainikos were on hand to sign autographs and give out memorabilia. The children left with bags full of momentos from their favorite players and their hearts warmed with friendship for their fellow man.