Soccer: No to racism, campaign in Champions, Europa League

Platini, soccer inclusive towards ethnic groups, culture, faith

21 October, 14:46

    (by Francesco Tedesco) (ANSAmed) - NAPLES, OCTOBER 21 - There is no place for racism, discrimination and intolerance in soccer. This is the message to be sent out this week across soccer fields where European club championships - the Champions League and Europa League - will be played, as part of the awareness campaign promoted by the European network Football Against Racism in Europe (FARE).

    Starting on Tuesday night through Thursday, the video ''No to racism'' will be screened across stadiums hosting 40 Champions League and Europa League matches, as well as by broadcasters, and special announcements will be made in stadiums. The campaign's symbols will also be printed on the games' schedules.

    The teams will be accompanied on the field by children wearing a T-shirt with the slogan ''No to racism'' and captains will wear the same slogan on their armbands.

    ''UEFA, association members and the FARE network share the unshakable desire to confront all forms of discrimination in soccer and give this message to all of Europe. Led by this determination, we have adopted a resolution at the UEFA congress last May 13 aimed at sending a strong message on our fight against racism and we will continue to use the 'No to racism' campaign to show our dedication and make sure soccer is tolerant and inclusive towards people of every color, culture and faith''.

    ''We are proud that our week of action has become the biggest social message in European sport with the involvement of small associations as well as big soccer clubs and national teams'', said the executive director of the FARE network, Piara Powar.

    The anti-racism resolution adopted by UEFA in May provides for all national federations to boost efforts to eliminate racism in soccer and harshen sanctions against discriminations.

    The resolution encourages referees to suspend or hold matches behind closed doors in case of racist incidents, and provides for players or club officials to be disqualified for ten days in case of racist conduct. (ANSAmed)
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