Next week sees the much-anticipated UEFA conference against racism, jointly organised with the FARE Network. The conference hopes to bring together Europe’s football authorities in order to develop a united response against racism in football. It is hosted by the English Football Association at Chelsea FC’s Stamford Bridge in London on 5th March.
The conference will bring together delegates from the highest levels of football authorities across Europe. All off UEFA’s 52 member associations are represented, together with many leading leagues and clubs from across Europe.
FARE is highly involved in scheduling the conference and planning the workshops. FARE members will chair various workshops and are named as speakers. Additionally, several prominent football officials and academics have also been invited to lead sessions. Workshops will include “Educating fans, stewards and police”, “Developing policies at a national level”, “What clubs can do” and “Tackling racism in UEFA competitions”.
At the end of the conference, long-term measurements will be developed and a draft Good Practice Guide will be published. The Good Practice Guide has been prepared by FARE partner Kick It Out and will form the basis of a renewed campaign to kick racism out of football across Europe.
The “Unite Against Racism” conference is financed through a cheque of over 400.000 Swiss Francs (270 000 Euro) that was given to FARE by UEFA CEO Gerhard Aigner at the UEFA Champions League match FC Basel vs. Liverpool FC in November 2002.