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With pride the Portuguese players’ Union SJPF welcomed the news that their initiative to fight racism and violence was picked as one of the best by the Fundamental Rights Agency.

 

On 18 and 19 February, the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) hosted a meeting to discuss its upcoming report on racism and ethnic discrimination in sport. The meeting brought together representatives from international sporting organisations (such as UEFA, the European Basketball Federation, the European Athletics Association and the European Olympic Committee), members of national sporting organisations and delegates from the European Commission, the European Parliament and the Council of Europe.

 

 

The participants discussed the report’s draft recommendations and suggested ways in which the recommendations should be prioritised and implemented. The report, ‘Racism and Ethnic Discrimination in Sport and Positive Initiatives to Combat It’ will be released by the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights later in the year.

 

The Agency will also publish a handbook containing examples of good practices in the area of combating racism and ethnic discrimination in sport. This handbook contains nine case studies. One of these cases is an initiative by the Portuguese players’ union called ‘The Portuguese Week Against Racism and Violence in Sport’. It was picked from 246 initiatives that were studied by the FRA in 27 member states between 2003 and 2008.

 

‘This is very special to us’, reacted Joachim Evangelista, president of SJPF. ‘Being selected as one of the best practices in Europe is important to us, because it is a recognition at international level. Besides, it is also important since we are the only union selected.’