The ninth annual Football Against Racism in Europe (FARE) action week is in full swing and as usual will be supported by a full programme of events coinciding with UEFA Champions League Matchday 3.
FARE action weeks have become part of the footballing calendar as the European football family takes a firm stand against racism and discrimination and this year's event runs from 16 to 28 October. With the financial backing of UEFA, FARE is able to provide small-scale grants to nearly 120 groups, worth €50,000 in total, and the anti-racism message will be relayed to packed crowds at 16 stadiums across Europe.
Children will escort the players from all 32 teams on to the pitches wearing Unite Against Racism t-shirts, with the captains bearing similarly branded armbands and there will be public address announcements and anti-racism editorial in match programmes. A FARE-commissioned anti-racism film made for UEFA EURO 2008™ will be shown on the big screens, as well as at half-time in this season's UEFA Champions League television broadcasts through to the final in Rome on 27 May 2009. More details on the film can be seen by clicking here.
"We thank the clubs playing in the UEFA Champions League for their participation in the FARE Action Week, and captains for accepting to wear the Unite Against Racism captain's armbands," said UEFA director of communications William Gaillard. "The players' testimony of respect for diversity is much appreciated."
For more information and details on FARE action week visit http://www.farenet.org/
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