The Football Federation of Ukraine (FFU) gave its commitment to "football without hate and discrimination" at a conference at their House of Football headquarters on Wednesday.
Representatives from the Football Against Racism in Europe (FARE) campaign, the Eastern European Development Institute (EEDI), FIFA, UEFA, the Ukrainian Premier League and the Professional Football League (PFL) joined the FFU at the conference. Vice-president Serhiy Storozhenko made a clear statement of the FFU's commitment to eradicating discrimination from the game in his opening address.
"The federation has taken important decisions that have opened the way to work against racism and discrimination in football," he explained. "The federation has a strategy. To echo the words of UEFA President Michel Platini, I want to emphasise that we must show zero tolerance in saving football from this evil.
"The problem exists. The FFU fully supports the universal values that exist in the world – tolerance and mutual respect. We do not accept any violence in football and sport in general. We respect all who come to football stadiums and understand that football is a competitive sport, but there should not be hate, discrimination and racism in the stadiums. We are ready to cooperate with everyone, and with FARE in particular."
Delegates at the conference discussed the importance of tolerance and experience in challenging discrimination at stadiums, with PFL executive director Serhiy Makarov, the deputy heads of the FFU stadiums and competitions committee Olexandr Chuvayev and Boris Voskresenskiy, the chairman of the league's stadiums and security committee Serhiy Bukhalenkov, Lviv's UEFA EURO 2012 tournament director Oleh Zasadniy and EEDI chairman Mridula Ghosh among the other speakers.
Finally, the delegates adopted the 'Football without hate and discrimination' resolution describing their main objectives as:-
• Prevention manifestations of discrimination in football, through constant monitoring and informing the public of actions taken to prevent and respond to discriminatory incidents.
• The introduction of a formal code of immediate-response measures aimed at preventing discrimination in football.
• The introduction of a database of people responsible for acts of discrimination in football.
• Increased cooperation with national authorities in regard to passing legislation and enacting FIFA and UEFA's policies of fighting discrimination, taking into consideration best practice from the big footballing nations.
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