UEFA says “no to discrimination”: Champions League and Europa League matches dedicated to FARE Action Weeks
The UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League’s matchday 3 will contribute to the fightagainst all forms of discrimination in football stadiums throughout the continent as UEFA gives itsfull support to Europe’s biggest anti-discrimination campaign – the FARE Action Weeks.
“UEFA is committed to tackling discrimination in football and we encourage football fans to join usin our efforts to value respect for players, officials, opponents and fellow supporters of allnationalities, religious backgrounds, sexual orientation and ethnic origins. For over 10 years wehave worked alongside the FARE network and will continue to strive towards unity in football”, said UEFA President Michel Platini in support of the campaign.
Forty matches across UEFA’s prestigious club competitions on 23-25 October 2012 will reinstate UEFA’s commitment to ensuring that European football is free of racism, intolerance andxenophobia through a series of activities which will be witnessed by thousands of fans in thestadiums and millions more on television.
A 30-second RESPECT TV spot played on the stadiums’ giant screens and special announcements made on stadium loudspeakers will encourage fans tojoin the UEFA family in its call to unite against racism in football. Every team will also beaccompanied onto the pitch by children wearing “Unite Against Racism” T-shirts and the captains will be asked to wear a “Unite Against Racism” branded armband.
The executive director of FARE, Piara Powar, said: “The FARE Action Weeks have become one of the largest social message activities in sport, with involvement from the smallest community groups to some of the biggest clubs in Europe through the UEFA Champions League and UEFA EuropaLeague. The theme of „Football People? reflects the message of unity and inclusiveness that sumsup our objectives during this period. UEFA’s support has been vital in getting our message across to a global football audience”. Events will take place during the FARE Action Weeks in over 40 different countries across Europe.The activities include workshops, round table discussions and mini football tournaments involvingfans, clubs, national associations, ethnic minority groups and youth organisations. With UEFA’s support, grants from FARE were offered to over 200 grassroots initiatives.
To learn more about FARE Action Weeks activities, please visit www.farenet.orgsportetcitoyennete