UNESCO launch anti-discrimination campaign in Spanish football19 January 2017

AnewcampaignwillbelaunchedonTuesday24January inMadrid,Spain,aimedatfighting discriminationinfootballinSpainandLatinAmericancountries.

Entitled “Sin respeto no hay juego” (ENG ‘No respect no game’), the campaign is the result of a partnership between the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) and Prisa, the world’s largest Spanish-language radio group.

It aims to promote the values of respect, diversity and tolerance as steps to prevent discrimination and intolerance in football and the wider society.

The launching event will bring together Nada Al-Nashif, UNESCO’s Assistant Director-General for Social and Human Sciences, Andrea Agnelli, President of Juventus FC, Florentino Pérez, President of Real Madrid CF, and Josep Mª Bartomeu, President of FC Barcelona.

“Discrimination is a problem that we face almost every weekend in Spanish stadiums. Sexism, racism and homophobia are amongst the most common forms of abuse that players, coaches, referees, and of course, fans endure.

“It is a situation that can be changed and that only depends on us,” said the radio sports journalist Dani Garrido.

A round-table with prominent players and coaches will also be held. Moderated by Manu Carreño, director of the Cadena Ser show El Larguero, it will address racism and discrimination in football and  the different means to promote sport values.