UEFA calls on the European football family to 'Unite Against Racism'

This October, UEFA's highest profile club competition will bring together fans, communities, and the biggest names in European football in the 'Unite Against Racism' campaign.

All the teams taking part in the UEFA Champions League will show their opposition to racism as part of UEFA's contribution to the Football Against Racism in Europe (FARE) Action Week.

During FARE Action Week, European football comes together to celebrate football's ability to bring together different communities. Between 17 and 30 October, hundreds of activities will be organised in countries stretching the length and breadth of Europe.

The UEFA president, Lennart Johansson, welcomed the action week and called upon anyone in the football world who has not yet taken a stand against racism to join the fight.

"UEFA is proud to be backing the FARE Action Week against racism and discrimination. We appreciate the opportunity to underline our unwavering commitment to eradicating racism in our game.

"Between 17 and 30 October, clubs playing in the UEFA Champions League will use their profile to unite against racism, both in football and in society as a whole.

"We know that racism can't be beaten in a single week, but we hope these activities will be a catalyst that engages more and more members of the football family in the fight against racism and discrimination."

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16 Oct 2006