In early 1999, Football Unites met with a handful of other like-minded groups and campaigns across Europe to form the Football Against Racism in Europe (FARE) network. The network has since grown to include hundreds of member groups affiliated to it – from grass-roots fan groups to political campaigns, throughout the length and breadth of the continent.
This loose network of independent organisations seeks to co-ordinate anti-racist activities in football across Europe. One way in which it achieves this is through its annual Action Week against racism and discrimination in football. Launched back in the 2001/2002 season with activities in just nine countries, the Action Week now boasts over a thousand simultaneous events in almost every European country, to become Europe's largest anti-racist event. Particularly encouraging is the involvement of previously absent countries such as Spain, France and those in Eastern Europe. Football Unites not only help co-ordinate this huge annual event, we also organise our own activities as part of it.
FARE works tirelessly with football clubs and authorities to ensure that they recognise the problem of racism in football; adopt, publish and enforce an anti-racist policy; use the power of football to unite people from different communities and cultures; and establish partnerships with organisations committed to ridding the game of racism, in particular supporters’ groups, migrants and ethnic minorities.
Managing the network
The day-to-day operations of FARE are coordinated by a small Admin Group, of which Football Unites is one. Several organisations on the Admin Group have a specific task to perform for FARE. Football Unites is charged with operating the FARE website. This unique website features news of racist incidents and anti-racist developments from around Europe, available in English, French, German and Italian.