UEFA, the Football Against Racism in Europe (FARE) network and the international players' union FIFPro have joined forces to send out a message against racism and intolerance ahead of tonight's UEFA Europa League final between Fulham FC and Club Atlético de Madrid in Hamburg.
A fan leaflet published by UEFA addresses fans of the two clubs and calls on them to make their contribution not only to the success of the Hamburg final, but also to whole-heartedly join in the fight against racism and intolerance in football.
"There is still a lot to do: from the integration of ethnic minorities to greater diversity in club boardrooms," says UEFA in the leaflet. "With FARE's support, UEFA and FIFPro will continue to broaden their efforts and fight all forms of discrimination which, as well as racism, also particularly includes combating homophobia in football.
"With your support, UEFA, FIFPro and FARE will be able to ensure that diversity is respected, implemented and organised throughout football, something for which we are wholeheartedly striving.
"Football gives us a vehicle that can directly reach and include all sections
of society, regardless of people's backgrounds or where they live. Clear messages are a vital way of drawing people's attention to the call for greater respect and diversity," said Piara Powar, director of FARE partner Kick It Out.
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