UEFA has reinforced its stand against racism and, together with the players' body FIFPro, is now actively supporting campaigns attempting to banish this evil from football and society.
European football's governing body has forged a close partnership with the Football Against Racism in Europe (FARE) network, which comprises groups and bodies working against intolerance and discrimination across the continent.
UEFA has given considerable financial support to the FARE organisation in recent years, and both bodies have cooperated in staging events, issuing publications, and using the massive public and commercial platform of Europe's biggest football matches to press home a message of zero tolerance for any form of racism and discrimination, in favour of more respect for diversity.
• UEFA has been a core supporter of the FARE network since a formal agreement was signed in 2001.
• Every year, in October, UEFA uses its premier club competitions to make its own stand against racism by giving its undivided support to the FARE Action Weeks. At all UEFA club competition matches, Team captains are wearing No to Racism armbands, anti-racism messages are being played over clubs' public address systems and a video containing player testimonials backing the campaign is being shown in each stadium. A No to Racism pennant is also being passed between the players in the pre-match lineups. In addition, at the start of every match this season, No to Racism banners are being prominently displayed on the pitch.
At the XXXVII Ordinary UEFA Congress in London in May 2013, UEFA and its member national associations adopted a resolution emphasising European football's determination to eliminate racism from football.
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