FARE's Week of Action is underway, with anti-racism initiatives taking place across Europe
"We are all Football People" is the message behind this year's FARE campaign. There are more than 40 countries taking part in anti-racism actions, as Europe unites against racism within football.
The leader of European football, UEFA President Michel Platini offered his support,
“I am proud to be part of the ‘Football People’ campaign which highlights UEFA' s commitment to tackling discrimination in football in partnership with the FARE network for over 10 years. We have worked side by side with the FARE network on what is a central pillar in European football and will continue to strive towards a respect for diversity in the game.”
The Action Weeks feature actions by fans, community groups, players, clubs, national associations and local authorities in a united stand against discrimination and a celebration of the diversity of the European game.
The activities, run by members of the FARE Network, will include exhibitions, panel discussions, fan choreographies, football tournaments and for the first time, a flash mob. All activities will be geared towards tackling exclusion and sending out an anti-discrimination message.
Ged Grebby, Chief Executive of Show Racism the Red Card said:
"The FARE Weeks of Action allow us to stand united in communicating a strong anti-racism message across Europe. These actions allow us to celebrate diversity within football as well as demonstrating that there is no place for racism in football, or our society. Since Show Racism the Red Card was founded 15 years ago, we have seen many positive steps towards eradicating racism, but we are well aware that racism remains a very real problem within our society. These Weeks of Action allow us to reflect on our achievements but more importantly, be inspired to continue in our anti-racism work, in the knowledge that we do so in solidarity with our friends and partners across Europe."
Visit the FARE Network website for details of the anti-racism actions taking place across Europe.