The UEFA football and social responsibility programme is aimed at strengthening the health and integrity of both football and society as a whole, and the core pillar of Respect is integral to this.
This umbrella theme underpins all the elements of UEFA's social responsibility strategy, including the promotion of diversity, peace and reconciliation, football for all, health, respect for the environment and the campaign against discrimination, racism and violence.
UEFA makes external investments in multi-sector activities that address, through football, social issues in Europe, and in this way the European football family contributes significantly to health and social cohesion in Europe.
As an initiative to link all the areas in which the social responsibility programme works, Respect was launched by Michel Platini at UEFA EURO 2008 in Austria and Switzerland, with the UEFA President saying: "As the governing body of European football, UEFA has the responsibility to protect the game and its supporters."
The Respect campaign promotes the crucial idea of respect across the game. Respect for opposing players, coaches and officials, referees, opposing supporters – and the essential values of football as a sport open to all.
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