On Saturday, October 27 Mountmellick Utd FC will play all their home Juvenile league fixtures to mark Football Against Racism in Europe (FARE) Week, which aims to eliminate racist and discriminatory behaviour from soccer in Europe, as well as promoting diversity through sport.
The FARE initiative runs from 16th-31st October. In Ireland, FARE Week is supported by the Football Association of Ireland (FAI) and it’s Community Partners (Show Racism the Red Card Ireland and Sport against Racism Ireland) as well as the Department of Justice and Equality. At a European level, the week is supported by UEFA.
During this FARE event, players will wear “Many Voices One Goal - Football Against Racism in Europe’’ wristbands, as well as bibs displaying the slogan “United Against Racism”. Members of the public can attend the FARE matches which take place in Conor Davis Pk, Mountmellick. There will be four juvenile games on that morning: Under 10’s, U14’s, U16’s Boy’s & U14 Girls starting at 10am until 1pm.
Speaking in advance of the FARE event, John Nelson Juvenile Club Secretary said: “Irish society has changed and we need to get the message out that discrimination of any sort, whether based on religious background, nationality or skin colour, is simply not acceptable, on or off the pitch. Fans and footballers alike have a duty to promote this message. Sports clubs provide a focal point for a community providing common ground through which people of all cultures can come together. It’s vital that we set strong examples and leadership for our children, and FARE Week is a great platform from which we can all unite against racism and celebrate diversity.”
Mountmellick Utd FC is among many groups around Ireland that are taking part in FARE Week 2012.