UEFA and Barça say no to racism
UEFA are continuing the fight against racism this season and there will be a series of activities before FC Barcelona's game against FC Copenhagen on Wednesday evening in Camp Nou.
European football's governing body aim to eliminate the problem from the game and are highlighting
the seriousness of it before each of the 16 matches in the Champions League this week. Working with
partners Football Against Racism in Europe (FARE), the campaign will be given high-profile coverage
as part of activities marking the Action Week.
Before Barça's game against Copenhagen a message will be shown on the giant screens
in Camp Nou and matchday announcer, Manel Vich, will read a statement supporting the cause. Both
sets of players will take to the field before kick off sporting t-shirts with the anti-racism
message while both captains will wear special wristbands.
FC Barcelona are helping the anti-racism initiative as one more aspect of their
alliance with UNESCO through the Blaurgana's Fundació. The Fundació have helped to take the subject
to the European Parliament with a programme called 'the voice of the young against racism'. The
outcome of the project led members of the European Clubs Association to include anti-racist clauses
in the contracts of their players. Now the Fundació is planning a new venture with UNESCO for this