Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi will be among the notable names backing UEFA’s anti-racism initiative due later in October.
The European game’s governing body have today announced details of their intention to back ‘continent's biggest anti-discrimination campaign, the FARE Action Weeks.’
“UEFA, its member associations and its long-standing partner FARE [Football Against Racism in Europe] share an unflinching desire to tackle all forms of discrimination in our sport and to help stamp out such behaviour across Europe,” President Michel Platini is quoted as saying through UEFA’s official website.
“Driven by that shared determination, we adopted a resolution on this issue in May this year, with a view to sending out a strong message as part of our fight against racism.”
As part of the initiative, team captains will wear ‘No to Racism’ armbands during games played during October 22-24 in the Champions League and Europa League.
Anti-racism messages will also be played across clubs’ public address systems and a video containing player testimonials in support of the campaign will be shown at each ground.