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During the past fifteen days (from 9 to 23 October), FARE coordinated the Football People action weeks. All around Europe, players, clubs, football associations, national teams and player unions paid attention to the fight against racism, by sending out firm messages against discrimination and for social inclusion.

FIFPro is a supporter of the FARE initiative, as are many of FIFPro's 29 member unions in Europe. FARE organized activities that underline footballers' commitment to the debate centered around eradicating racism and discrimination, and promoting social inclusion.

"We are talking about a problem in society and football, that football should play it's part in trying to combat", said Tony Higgins, FIFPro's spokesperson on discrimination matters. "Unfortunately the football stadium is sometimes seen by many as a place to display their prejudices."

"In the past weeks, all football stakeholders were united to say 'No' to discrimination and 'Yes' to diversity."

Higgins' words are illustrated by the numerous players who wore the FARE campaign shirts in the past fifteen days. Players such as West Ham United's Carlton Cole or Koke, Mario Suárez (photo above), Miranda, Miguel Ángel Moyà and Arda Turan, all players of Atlético Madrid, last season's Champions League runner-up and reigning Spanish champions.


Arda Turan, Koke, Carlton Cole, Miguel Angel Moya and Miranda

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