|Mon 25 Oct 2010 - Shannon Hibernians AFC Mark Football Against Racism in Europe (FARE) Week.
During today’s event ,which included an under 11s league match both teams paraded onto the pitch
carrying Anti-Racist banners and once again the theme of ALL ARE EQUAL IN SPORT was stressed as
was the importance showing manners and respect to all participants of every background and race. At non-
competitive level all players wore bibs with the slogan ‘United Against Racism’, as well as ‘Show Racism the
Red Card’ wrist bands.
Shannon Hibernians AFC is among up to 150 groups – including schools, football clubs and community
organisations – from throughout Ireland who are taking part in FARE Week 2010. The week is an initiative
of UEFA and is supported in Ireland by the Football Association of Ireland (FAI). The initiative runs from
14th to 26th October, and will see thousands of events taking place across Europe to highlight anti-racism
messages and celebrate diversity. FARE Week 2010 is supported by the Office of the Minister of State for
Speaking at the FARE event in Ballycasey and Riverside Parks Shannon, PRO Alan Webb said: "While
football can be divisive, it is also incredibly powerful in uniting people and breaking down barriers. Now that
Ireland is a multicultural society, we need to encourage children and adults to grow their understanding of
the many new communities now represented amongst our neighbours, schools and workmates. Because
football is such a widely played and supported game, it is a critical tool in preventing racism and growing
better cultural understanding."
According to Des Tomlinson, National Coordinator for Intercultural Football at the FAI, "FARE Week is going
from strength to strength and we are delighted with the huge number of clubs and schools that have taken
the time to promote it through friendly matches, football blitz events and competitions.
"The events that are taking place during FARE Week serve not only to promote the anti-racism message,
but also to expose football fans to new ways of becoming involved in promoting diversity at community level
on an ongoing basis. I congratulate Shannon Hibernians AFC for becoming involved in FARE Week 2010."