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It's finally here. The Superior Council of Sprorts (CSD), the Spanish FA (RFEF), the Liga de Futbol Profesional (LFP), the Asociacion de Futbolistas Españoles (AFE), coaches, referees and fans agreed a protocol to fight against racism, xenophobia and intolerance in the Spanish football stadiums.

This protocol counts on 31 messures:

Messures of prevention and protection of the physical and moral integrity of the victims of racist, xenophobical and intolerant acts in football stadiums.

1) The ones that sign this protocol agree with the impulse, promotion and development of campaigns of prevention of racism in football [...]

2) The Spanish FA, LFP and AFE agree with the common elaboration and publication of a "Prospectus of actuations against racism in football" [...]

3) The AFE commits to publish and spread the Protocol among their members, promoting a behaviour of support to the players victims of racism, xenophobia and intolerance among them.

4) RFEF, LFP, clubs and the organizers of football matches will adopt a "Plan of action against racism", based in this document which will contain:

-Internal disciplinary messures that the clubs will apply to their staff, "socios", ticket holders and/or clients who cause incidents of racism, xenophobia and intolerance in sport.

-Coinciousness and sensibilization messures among their staff, "socios" and sympathisers about the serious threat that suppose racism, xenophobia and intolerance on football and its values.

-Actions directed to forbid, erradicate and prevent the publication of messages, symbols or any other way of comunication with racist, xenophobical and intolerant conent.

These messures will be public and will create legal links assumed by clubs and the organizers of football events.

5 - The clubs will publish and spread in a explicit way, through the megaphony and the audiovisual media of the football stadiums, messages that will include:

a) The condemn and the reprobation of any kind of racist act [...]

b) The support and the help to the victims of these acts [...]

c) Information about the punishments that will fall on the ones that are indentified as the authors of these acts

d) A reminder to the fans that will express that the club organizer will avoid disciplinary consequences or will decrease the level of these ones, if the fans and asistants help to indentify the authors of these acts.

6. RFEF, LFP, clubs and organizers will inmediately apply "Practices of promotion of Fair Play" that will be used to in other national or international (UEFA and FIFA) competitions. These practices will include that the players of both teams will enter to the pitch together with the referees and they'll shake their hands before the match starts.

7. Clubs and organizers will forbid the selling or distribution of any kind of publication, banners, flags or stickers in and out of the sport facilities. They will erase and delete any kind of painted message in and out of the stadiums.

8. All the ones that sign this document join in the necesity of the elimination of the barriers that make difficult the participation in sport competitions of foreign amateur sport men/women that live in our country. They'll back any iniciative of intercultural integration through the sport and wish to lead a process of modification of sport laws that help to create a society more respectful [...] with the immigrants.

The CSD and the State Secretary of Immigration and Emigration will promote this process. They will also analyze and follow the imapct of these messures cooperating with the sport organizations to value the necessity of adding new messures to promote intercultural integration through sport.

All the ones that sign the document invite other private and public entities to adopt similar policies in the admision of amateur sport men/women in sport competitions.

9. The Spanish FA (RFEF) will propose UEFA the introduction of "the anti-racist behaviour of the fans" as a parameter for the standings in international competitions based in Fair Play.

10. CSD, LFP, RFEF and clubs will give an economical dotation that will finance the programs of prevention of racism in football and the promotion of interculturality.

11. The Tecnical Comitee of Referees support the spirit of this document and join its proposals. The Spanish FA wish that the refs keep helping actively in the prevention of this phenomenon and also act with determination against these deplorable behaviours. With that goal, the Spanish FA will order the refs the following instructions:

a) The refs must indicate in a explicit way in the referee reports any kind of racist offense or incident among the players and fans. [...]

b) The suspension or the temporary interruption of the matches where exist racist behaviours [...]

c) The refs that take the previous decision will force the organizer to broadcast (in megaphony and result electronic boards) message that contain a condemn of these behaviours

d) The referees, before the final suspension of the match, will use any way directed to continue with the event. In this sense, they will ask the captains of both teams and the Security Forces (Police) about the convenience of the suspension. Besides, they'll force the organizer to broadcast in the stadium that possibility of suspension, if this behaviour continues.

13. RFEF and the National Comitee of Coaches support the spirit of the document and will publish and spread its content among its members[...]

14. The fans organizations will promote the adhesion of the socios, ticket holders, sympathisers and fan clubs (Peñas) to this protocol. In this sense, Aficiones Unidas will do this actions:

a) They'll include all the previsions of this protocol in their internal rules[...]

b) They won't allow and they'll send the fans that don't accomplish with this protocol off.

c) They will publish and spread this protocol among fans, fan clubs, ticket holders,...

Messures to control the localization and the control of the participants in racist, xenophobical, intolerant or violent incidents in football

Knowing that the prevention of racism [...] is necessary, but not enough, to finish with this problem, and knowing that the best service for the victims of racial abuse and their families, the ones that sign this document agree with the necessity of advancing and completing the messures already existant to identify the potential troublemakers and they'll adopt the following messures:

The Public Administrations, the Ministery of Interior and the Security Forces agree with:

15. Optimize the use of video cameras and systems of video vigilance to indentify the authors of thse incidents.

16. Establish a "Plan of specific intervention to prevent and punish any signal of racism, xenophobia or intolerance in professional football":

a) The enumeration and determination of operative and logistical problems, difficulties and limits[...]

b) The elaboration of a system of specific information that allows to create a "map of situation", giving information about the level of the incidents, its national distribution and the ubication of the facilities were these problems are caused.

c) The design and practice, cooperating with Spanish FA, LFP, clubs and organizers, of special actions of formation directed to Security Responibles and Private Security Stewards in sport events.

d) The promotion of international cooperation in this aspects[...]

e) The Sports National Office of the National Direction of Police will control the degree of application and the results of the Plan[...]

17. The Public Authorities will put in the clubs' hands the all the resources and tecnical help to make them take the disciplinary messures[...]

18. RFEF, LFP, clubs and organizators will establish a specific system of information about the distribution among the clubs and the ubication inside the stadium of the troublemakers.

19. RFEF and LFP will elaborate a report every 3 months about all the clubs of Primera and Segunda Division, elaborated with the referee reports and the information of the RFEF delegations in every stadium. [...]

20. RFEF and LFP will introduce modifications in the sport laws that allow the Disciplinary Comitees to reduce or erase the responsability of the clubs, when the cooperation and help of their public has been essential in the localization and identification of the authors of these incidents.

Messures of repression and sanction of the racist, xenophobical, intolerant and violent incidents in football

The Public Authorities promise:

21. To apply with all the seriousness the current laws of public order in this aspects [...]

22. To promote the legal modifications which result necessary to determinate the racist, xenophobic and intolerant incidents in sport events[...]

23. The inclusion of repression and sanction of the racist incidents in the prioritary action of the prevision dispositives of violence in sport events.

24. To control the responisibles of the Spanish FA and LFP in the aplication of the disciplinary rules[...]

The sport organizations and the clubs promise to adopt disciplinary messures among their fans, socios, ticket holders and sympathisers involved in racist actions. They're obligated to:

25. Establish as condition or requirement to get season tickets that the person owner of them is not banned for his/her participation in racist... incidents.

26. Introduction in their internal rules actions to:

a) Forbid the access or the expulsion of the stadium that promote, participate or had participate in racist, xenophobic or intolerant events.

b) Cancel the season tickets [...]

27. Publish [..] the internal disciplinary messures in:

a) Advertisement banners

b) Specific menctions in the back of the tickets

c) The audiovisual media of the club inside the stadium

28. Start legal actions against the owners of web sites that use signs and distintive elements of the clubs in combination with racist, xenophobic and totalitary message and/or symbology

29. Start or promote legal actions against the ones that use or show signs and distintive elements of the clubs in combination with racist, xenophobic and totalitary message and/or symbology in public places

30. The clubs and organizers will retire, won't allow or won't give any advantage, benefits or privileges to the fans involved in racist incidents.

31. The Public Autorities will help in the process of asociative regularization of the fans.

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Madrid, March 18th 2005

In Spanish:
http://www.marca.com/racismo.pdf
 

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Good move. Though I think its just a hate of Spain that causes people to single it out as a racist place. It happens everywhere, its just not as covered up in Spain, which is a good thing for actions such as these.q
 

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I'm not sure about that Pulsar... Spain has a reputation.

lets be careful with these sorts of generalizations too avoid flame wars since this is a sensative topic
 

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Sorry Che didn't mean to bring this up.
 

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The issues of race are touchy, I want everyone to keep in mind that sweeping generalization that this nation or that nation is racist is not only short sighted but racist in itself. If we are to talk about this subject in relationship too football than we must be responsible and this thread may be better served in the PD forum were the restriction are much tighter.
 

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OK, If Mista spits on Sissoko(by ANY chance), would this be a racist action?
 

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OK, If Mista spits on Sissoko(by ANY chance), would this be a racist action?
No. But if he does it just because Sissoko is black, then yes. A racist action is when you insult or attack anyone just because of the colour of the skin.
 

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The measures are so lengthy I don't read them all. But this should be a good move. Would this to a lessen extent influence organziations like Ultra Sur?
 

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Setzer said:
And why would Mista do that? He's one of the nicest persons you can meet :D

And why nobody(especcially some Werder players) haven't noticed this:)
 

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I don't think Spain is different from the rest of Western Europe except that it's had less exposure to "outsiders". But how the RFEF has treated racism has been pretty laughable... $600 fines are stupid. If a case isn't clearly racist, don't impose a fine, and if a case is, make the fine high enough to be felt!

So I'm still a little skeptical that they care, but if they and this accomplishes something, good. It won't eliminate racism or anything, but if they can make it seem more unwelcome at games, maybe it'll have less of a presence.
 

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Personal thanks goes out to Koeman4 for starting this threat.

(...I'll be back...)
 

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people make monkey sounds from long time ago in europe..........y is it problem only these days?????
 

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I don't think Spain is different from the rest of Western Europe except that it's had less exposure to "outsiders". But how the RFEF has treated racism has been pretty laughable... $600 fines are stupid. If a case isn't clearly racist, don't impose a fine, and if a case is, make the fine high enough to be felt!

So I'm still a little skeptical that they care, but if they and this accomplishes something, good. It won't eliminate racism or anything, but if they can make it seem more unwelcome at games, maybe it'll have less of a presence.
I think this is the key. People don't think that everyone in Spain is racist, just because a few idiots choose to abuse certain players. Nor does anyone think that the problem is isolated to Spain. But not dealing with the problem sufficiantly gives the impression of a football organisation that tolerates racism, and doesn't treat it as a big problem. And since football is a high profile sport, the football association can be a representative for your country as a whole. By handing out real punishments to offenders, the authorities will show that racism is unacceptable in football, and in society.
It seems that whenever racism occurs in a particular country (Spain has been in the spotlight a lot lately, but other countries in the past), people always point to other countries where racism is a problem as a few have in this post. Is seems as if they're saying that other countries have a problem with racism, so it's okay for us to as well. This sort of finger point helps no-one.
Oh, and remember, racism can be more than just skin colour.
 
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