Austrian Bundesliga club SV Mattersburg marked their joining of the anti-racist campaign FairPlay-vidc with an organised event at the match against SV Salzburg on 3 April 2004. “Against Racism in a United Europe” was the slogan of the event, welcoming the Austria’s neighbouring countries into the European Union on 1 May 2004.
More than 9000 fans visited the Pappel-stadium in the small town of Mattersburg to see their club win 2-1. The city in Burgenland, is close to the border with Slovenia, Slovakia and Hungary. The club has players from all the three countries in its team and is therefore a positive example of cross-border co-operation and integration. The event was a positive sign against racism and xenophobia and a welcome message for the ten new EU countries.
The club, players and fans supported the event with commitment. The players wore anti-racism T-shirts during warm up and presented a banner “Football Against Racism” together with their opponents from Salzburg. A FairPlay-magazine featuring interviews with players and club officials was distributed and the fans created a special choreography display before the match.