UNESCO Report on racism and discrimination in international football presented at the European Club Association

The report entitled “Colour? What Colour?” was presented at the General Assembly of the European Club Association, an independent body directly representing football clubs at European level, in Paris on 9 February 2016. The report, which was launched by UNESCO and Juventus in November 2015, presents measures to fight racism and discrimination in international football.

The report takes stock of what has been done and is being done against racism and discrimination in the sport. It examines ways to assess actions undertaken and envisages other complementary actions, as well as offering examples of best practice. Football Clubs and the European Club Association can and should play a key role in promoting football as a powerful educational tool to fight against racism. The values of inclusion, anti-racism and anti-discrimination should be taught through football from a young age.

In her foreword to the Report, Irina Bokova states that “The values of solidarity, respect, equal dignity and tolerance are the foundations for the struggle against the scourges of racism and all forms of discrimination.”

The UNESCO/Juventus partnership and the report was presented by Eric Falt, UNESCO's Assistant Director-General for External Relations and Public Information, and Nada Al-Nashif, UNESCO's Assistant Director-General for Social and Human Sciences. This was also the occasion to launch the full French version of the report.

Under the coordination of UNESCO and with the support of Juventus, the Report is the fruit of research and surveys involving an international team of experts, researchers, football managers and officials. The authors of the report are Albrecht Sonntag and David Ranc, both Professors at the ESSCA School of Management. The report is available in English and French.


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