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Players of the Portuguese national team and many others contributed to the Week Against Racism and Violence, an initiative of the Portuguese professional footballers' association SJPF. "Racismo não! Futebol é união: No to racism! Football is unity."

Between February 25th and March 5th, the SJPF organised a series of events aimed to prevent racism and violence in sports including football. It was the tenth edition of the union's Week Against Racism and Violence.

The event was launched in the National Museum of Sports, where a Memorandum of Understanding was signed by among others SJPF President Joaquim Evangelista, Emidio Guerreiro (Secretary of State for Sports and Youth), José Manuel Constantino (President Portuguese Olympic Committee), Fernando Gomes (President Football Federation), Mário Figueiredo (President Football League), José Pereira (President Coaches Association), Jorge Máximo (Lisbon City Councillor) and the directors of the country's major sports newspapers A Bola, Record and O Jogo.

Former Portuguese national team player Abel Xavier acted as the ambassador of the SJPF Week Against Racism and Violence.

The SJPF initiated numerous events. Several schools in some of Lisbon's more problematic neighborhoods were visited by the so-called SJPF roadshow, which included a theme van that was illustrated with statements of players of each professional football league team.

During the weekend, banners were shown before kick-off of all matches, and on Wednesday the Portuguese national team also showed its solidarity with this event while hosting Cameroon for a friendly (5-1).


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