Press Releases

Note No 153
5 September 2001

FOOTBALL AGAINST RACISM

By

UNIS Vienna and the max.Bundesliga and the First Division


VIENNA, 5 September (UN Information Service) -- On the occasion of the UN World Conference Against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance in Durban, South Africa, the United Nations Information Service in Vienna (UNIS) in association with the Austrian Football Association (ÖFB) and the max.Bundesliga is committed to the campaign "Football against racism" in and outside football stadiums.

All players from the max.Bundesliga and the First Division will take a stand against racism and xenophobia at football matches around Austria this weekend. It follows a presentation by the Austrian National Football Team of the national football shirt printed with the message ‘Fussball gegen Rassismus’ (Football against Racism) to the United Nations at the team training camp in Illmitz, Burgenland on Thursday 30 August 2001.

On Friday 7, Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 September at all max.Bundesliga and First Division football matches around Austria the players will run out onto the pitch wearing the "Football against racism" t-shirts designed by UNIS and featuring the logos of the UN World Conference Against Racism and the UN over their regular football shirts. A short announcement will be made including a greeting from the UN Secretary General, Kofi Annan, before the players take off the t-shirts which they will throw into the crowd after they shake hands.

On Friday 7 September the matches of the first Division take place in Leoben, Linz, Lustenau, Mattersburg and Wörgl. The matches of the max.Bundesliga are on Saturday 8 September in Bregenz, Kärnten, Graz and Viennna and on Sunday 9 September in Ried. (Further information about the matches is available from www.bundesliga.at)

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Durban, South Africa
31 August - 7 September 2001