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Spain vows to get tough on racism February 13, 2007

Posted by C.A.R.D in Atletico Madrid, Card, Citizens Against Racism and Discrimination, Discriminate, Discrimination, Football, Getafe, Racism, Real Zaragoza, soccer, The Spanish Football Federation.
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Spain’s sports minister Jaime Lissavetzky has promised to get tough in dealing with racism in football with action promised against the ultra groups that encourage racist behaviour.

“We need the courage to confront this problem and act decsively against it,” Lissavetzky said when he presented the new “Hold out your hand” initiative designed to raise awareness of the problem amongst football fans.

“We have made progress, but there are still a lot of things to do and we won’t close our eyes to the problem.

“Football needs to provide an example to the rest of society in this matter. We want to be radical and get to the root of the problem.

“It is the ultra groups that are often the seed bed of these attitudes. They don’t represent the views of Spanish society and we need to eliminate them.”

The Spanish Football Federation (RFEF), the Football League (LFP), UEFA, Spanish anti-racist groups as well as players and fans associations are all backing the “Hold out your hand” campaign.

“We are raising awareness on the one hand, but also improving the methods of detection of the perpetrators and introducing stronger punishments,” Lissavetzky said.

“We are in the process of passing a new law against racism, xenophobia and intolerance and we hope it will be a useful tool in helping us achieve our aim of zero tolerance against racism.”

Outbreaks of racist abuse have become an all too common occurrence at Spanish football matches in recent years, with leading clubs such as Atletico Madrid, Real Zaragoza and Getafe receiving fines as a result of the behaviour of their fans.

CARD {Citizens Against Racism and Discrimination} Source: worldsoccer.com


French socialist thrown out of party for racism against Blacks January 28, 2007

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PARIS: The French Socialist party threw out one of its leading members on Saturday for having said there were too many black players in the national soccer team, adding to the woes of its presidential candidate Segolene Royal.

Georges Freche, president of the Languedoc-Roussillon region in the south and a founding member of the party, is a supporter of Royal. She has backed his expulsion from the party but it comes at a bad time for her as she faces criticism for a series of gaffes on foreign policy and domestic issues.

The decision was made at a meeting of members of a commission set up to resolve internal party disputes.

“If he had not said what he said, we would all. . . be in a much more agreeable situation,” said Patrick Mennucci, deputy director of Royal’s campaign.

“The situation is very unpleasant and the Socialist Party cannot continue to have someone who makes comments of this sort in its ranks.”

In November, Freches was reported complaining at a local political meeting that nine out of the eleven members of the national soccer team were black.

“I am ashamed for this country. Soon there will be eleven blacks,” the Midi libre newspaper quoted him as saying.


Newcastle’s Emre in racism probe January 4, 2007

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LONDON: Newcastle midfielder Emre is at the centre of a racism investigation following his side’s 3-0 Premier League defeat last weekend against Everton.

Referee Dermot Gallagher, who took charge of the match at Goodison Park, did not hear comments allegedly made by the 26-year-old Turkey international to goalkeeper Tim Howard and defender Joleon Lescott.

However, he mentioned he had been informed of the claims in his report, which was received by the Football Association on Tuesday and the national governing body are now set to pursue the matter.

“We have received the referee’s report and he mentions that an allegation was made, but he did not hear anything himself,” said an FA spokesman.

“We will be writing to Everton to request any further information with which they can provide us.”

Emre clashed angrily with the Everton pair after the duo had been awarded a penalty and the subsequent disruption caused a lengthy break in the game as players from both sides tried to intervene.


Fans prosecuted for racist chants December 20, 2006

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Racism in football is being dealt with now in court after controversy about how to stop it has been ongoing for some time:

Cleveland Police said it had recently prosecuted fans after other supporters complained about their behaviour at three Middlesbrough home fixtures.

The prosecutions have resulted in a handful of fans being fined £125 and getting football banning orders.

C.a.r.d {Citizens Against Racism and Discrimination} Source: BBC News

Danish striker banned for anti-Black racism December 2, 2006

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AJAX’S Danish international forward Kenneth Perez has been banned for five matches for racially abusing a black linesman.

Perez was also fined $US16,700 ($21,210) after calling Nicky Siebert a “black cancer” during a league match against Twente on November 19.

“I am profoundly ashamed of this hurtful insult directed at Mr Siebert to whom I present my sincerest apologies,” Perez said in a written apology.

“The stupidity of my comment is totally different to the way I behave in my life every day and the way that I bring up my children.”

The Dane admitted the accusations brought by the Dutch Football Federation and accepted his punishment.

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Racism blamed for football fan killing November 24, 2006

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Racism is being blamed for post-football match violence in Paris that led to a police officer shooting a fan dead and seriously injuring another. It appears that a plain clothes West Indian officer came to the rescue of a French supporter of the Israeli team who was being attacked by rival fans. The policeman is said to have fired after dozens of Paris St Germain supporters then turned on him. The officer and Tel Aviv fan then took refuge in a McDonalds restaurant.

French Interior Minister Nicolas Sarkozy explains the chain of events. “It seems that a Tel Aviv club fan was being followed by dozens of individuals, some of whom were shouting “death to Jews” which is naturally unacceptable,” he says.

An investigation into the killing has been launched.


37 Serbian soccer fans arrested for racism October 15, 2006

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The group, wearing white hoods, chanted Nazi slogans at a black player during Saturday’s first division match between Borac and Vozdovac in Cacak, police said Sunday. Vozdovac won 1-0.The match was interrupted for 10 minutes because of the chants, Nazi salutes and a banner which read that Borac’s Zimbabwean player Mike Tamvanyeri “must leave because you are not welcome.”

Twenty-nine Borac fans were released Sunday after spending a night in jail, while eight were kept in detention facing charges of “spreading racial hatred at a sports venue,” police said.

Borac coach Radovan Curcic said he was shocked by the fans’ behavior, and added that Tamvanyeri was “feeling bad because of all this.”


Fan racism could lead to Croatia’s exclusion from European Championship October 10, 2006

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We previously reported on this here. Now it seems that these acts by a few individuals could impact the country’s chances of entering the 2008 European Championship. Featured story follows below:
GENEVA Any more racist behavior by Croatian fans could lead to the country’s exclusion from the 2008 European Championship.


UEFA issued the warning Tuesday ahead of Croatia’s qualifier against England on Wednesday.


“The sanctions range from a fine to points deduction to exclusion from the competition,” UEFA spokesman William Gaillard said. “It’s clear that second-time and third-time offenders are not going to be treated at all the same way as a first-time offender.”


And Croatian fans are repeat offenders.


In August, 200 Croatian fans formed a giant human swastika during Croatia’s 2-0 friendly win at the Armando Picchi stadium in Italy. Many also gave Nazi salutes.


The fans claimed to have been incited by the jeering of Croatia’s national anthem and the waving of flags of the old communist Yugoslavia. Croatia fought a bloody war for independence in 1991-95.


Show Racism The Red Card, Says Galway United October 4, 2006

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Galway United was on hand this week, along with the Mayor of Galway City, Niall O Brolchin, to launch the anti-racism venture ‘Show Racism the Red Card’.

The launch, which was held in the Spanish Arch, serves as a forerunner for major football anti-racism work in the Football Against Racism in Europe (FARE) and UEFA-led action week later in October.

The third regional project of Show Racism the Red Card is run in association with Galway United, the Professional Footballers’ Association of Ireland (PFAI), Galway City Partnership, Galway City Council and the Galway Refugee Support Group.

Players from Gaelic football and rugby are represented in addition to soccer.


Players Could be Banned 5 Games for Racism August 1, 2006

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Players making racist remarks or gestures could be banned for up to five matches, according to new UEFA disciplinary regulations announced Monday.

Anyone who insults the human dignity of a person or group of persons, by whatever means, including on grounds of color, race, religion or ethnic origin will now face a maximum five-game ban.