Sunday, October 21, 2012
SPORTS NOT RACISM
FROM POLICY CENTER FOR ROMA AND MINORITIES
Embassy of Netherlands, Romanian Football Federation and Policy Center for Roma and minorities and 14 children from a disadvantaged background joined in during an event meant to raise awareness about the need for fair-play and fighting against racism and violence prior the football match Romania – Netherlands.
The Ambassador congratulated the Policy Center for Roma and Minorities for the Alternative Education Club (AEC), which won this year’s UNICEF ‘Sport for Education’ Award at the Beyond Sport awards ceremony in London before the Olympic Games. Started with a grant from the Dutch Embassy and support from UEFA the AEC works with hundreds of children from disadvantaged areas.
The 14 children (mostly Roma) received tickets to the football game Romania Netherlands taking place in the same day on the National Arena (Bucharest).
The Dutch Ambasador, Matthijs van Bonzel and former Romanian National-team players, Miodrag Belodedici and Daniel Prodan played with the children. UEFA’s United Against Racism T-shirts and Respect caps and footballs were used during the playing time.
During the game (over 55.000 people attended) we launched a video-clip we developed together with the Romanian Football Federation with help from the European Commission. The video-clip is a direct product of the REACT campaign ( see website http://www.ergonetwork.org/ergo-network/campaigns/react/)l.
Images from the stadium and the video-clip can be seen here LoveFootball
These actions are a continuation of our involvement in fighting racism in the Romanian stadiums – the game Steaua -CFR Cluj that took place at the beginning of the month was preceded by a display against racism and violence. Both teams wore United Against Racism T-shirts and anti-racist announcement were made during the entire game- an action organised with the help of UEFA and Football Against Racism in Europe ( FARE) -
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