World Cup Fan Convention on Fair Play and Anti-Discrimination

Europa-Park, Rust (Germany), 4-7 June 2006
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On the eve of the 2006 Football World Cup, the Council of Europe and Europa-Park organised a four-day European Fan Convention in Rust (Germany), from 4 to 7 June 2006. The Convention brought together around 150 young people from the 14 European countries participating in the World Cup, as well as fans from non-European countries.

The Fan Convention included interactive workshops on important subjects to fans, for example discrimination, the fight against spectator violence, developing supporter charters in Europe, the promotion of fair play, etc. The participants were also invited to join non-competitive sport activities in intercultural groups and to enjoy the Europa-Park attractions.

The Convention was part of the Council of Europe's "All Equal - All Different" European Youth Campaign for Diversity, Human Rights and Participation.

Europa-Park hosted the Fan Convention as part of its efforts to promote fair play and European ideals.

General description of the project
Flyer for participants
How to work together

While football is all about entertainment, a match can also have serious consequences. On 29 May 1985, the whole of Europe watched in horror as tragedy unfolded in the Heysel stadium in Brussels. On August 1985, the Council of Europe adopted the European Convention on Spectator Violence and Misbehaviour at Sports Events and in particular at Football Matches. (more...)

Adopted in 1992, the European Sports Charter is the basis for the Council of Europe's work in this area. It establishes several principles which form the European model for sport, including non-discrimination to give everyone access to sports activities irrespective of sex, race, colour, language, religion and other factors. (more…)

Photo gallery
Interview with Radim Bures, Chair of the Committee on prevention of spectator violence
Interview of Fadi Hussain
  Fight against violence
Reference texts
Spectator safety
Tolerance through sport

Sport and violence in Europe
Publishing website

  Useful links

Council of Europe "Sport" website
Special file: Sport for all
Special file: Football World Cup
Special file: Combating Racism