World Cup Quarter Finals to highlight football's drive against racism29 June 2006

The World Cup Quarter Finals will be used to send out an unwavering message against racism in football, reaching a global audience of billions.

As part of a joint initiative between FIFA, the German Organising Committee and FARE to challenge racism and discrimination in the game, FIFA have declared all of the Quarter Final matches as Anti-Discrimination Days.

The team Captains of Argentina, Brazil, England, France, Germany, Italy, Portugal and Ukraine will read an anti- racism statement before their respective games while the teams stand together behind a banner reading “Say NO to racism!”

FIFA President, Sepp Blatter, announced the initiative at a press conference in Berlin and went onto commend FARE's work in Germany during the World Cup, “I am convinced that our alliance with FARE is a further keystone in our fight against shameful racist behaviour.

But, we need every fan of the beautiful game to do their part. We are all ambassadors for football and together, now that we have developed the game and touched the world, it is time to use football to build a better future.”

Nelson Mandela, former President of South Africa and Nobel Peace Prize winner. commented upon the campaign:
“We are very pleased to have been informed of this important FIFA initiative, Say No to Racism. This is a timely intervention on a major issue, which has still not been resolved. Sport can be a great power for good and can play a leading part in the fight for human rights. Although I cannot be with you in Germany, you have my full support.”

The Quarter Finals are as follows:

  • 30 June Germany v Argentina Berlin
  • 30 June Italy v Ukraine Hamburg
  • 1 July England v Portugal Gelsenkirchen
  • 1 July Brazil v France Frankfurt