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Declaration (pdf) [en] - [fr]

ECRI Declaration on the occasion of EURO 2008
“Unite against racism”
(13 May 2008)

The European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) of the Council of Europe:

Such acts are contrary to the standards formulated by ECRI and should be systematically punished in all Council of Europe member States. ECRI recalls that whatever is illegal outside the stadium is also illegal inside the stadium. It stresses that all the parties involved are responsible for taking action, at their level, to counter manifestations of racism and racial discrimination in football. ECRI stresses the importance of the following concrete measures:

ECRI welcomes the action taken by UEFA to combat racism in football, as well as the practical and effective activities of the Football Against Racism in Europe (FARE) network.

ECRI calls on governmental bodies and public authorities, national and international sports organisations and the population as a whole to intensify their efforts to fight racism and prioritise fair play in sports in order to fully reinstate football’s educational role for promoting mutual respect.

“Unite against racism” is our common message.