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FSF Event: Football fans and anti-discrimination

This is a story from the FSF archive – the FSF and SD merged to become the FSA in 2019.

When? Wednesday 22nd October (6.30pm)
Where? Impact Hub King’s Cross, 34b York Way, London, N1 9AB
Register: Email anwar.uddin@fsf.org.uk

The Football Supporters’ Federation has always opposed discrimination in all its forms and in recent months we’ve stepped that work up with our Fans for Diversity initiative, run jointly with Kick It Out.

As part of this both the FSF and KIO will host ‘Football fans and anti-discrimination’ – an evening which gives supporters the chance to discuss racism and how we can challenge it in the modern context.

Endemic, wide-scale racism in the stands of the English leagues is thankfully a thing of the past, but that doesn’t mean isolated incidents don’t need to be challenged. How can fans take this on?

This free event forms part of FARE’s Football People action weeks which see thousands of anti-racist activities and initiatives take place across Europe.

We’ve pulled together a great panel which will be taking questions from the audience. After the event there’ll be the chance to network and meet fans from other supporter groups.

“My role at the FSF and in partnership Kick It Out is to encourage more diversity, to help improve understanding among supporters when it comes to embracing difference,” says Anwar Uddin, Diversity and Campaigns Manager at the FSF.

“This promises to be a great night in a relaxed and informal environment, where people can discuss racism and football in a positive and engaging manner.”

Fans for Diversity challenges discrimination in all its forms, be that racism, homophobia, sexism, or attitudes towards disabled supporters. If you’d like to find out more or arrange an event at your club email anwar.uddin@fsf.org.uk.

Panel:

• Anwar Uddin, the FSF’s Diversity and Campaigns Manager (West Ham United fan),
• Billy Grant, member of the FSF’s National Council (Brentford fan and Beesotted/Footballfancam writer and videoblogger)
• Carrie Dunn, freelance journalist (Luton Town fan)
• Mark Doidge, Lecturer of Sociology and Sport at the University of Brighton (Plymouth Argyle fan)
• Pavinder Samra, member of the Punjabi Rams (Derby County)
• Troy Townsend, Kick It Out’s Education and Development Manager (Spurs fan)

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Funding partners

  • The Football Association
  • Premier Leage Fans Fund

Partners

  • Gamble Aware
  • Co-operatives UK
  • FSE
  • Kick It Out
  • Level Playing Field
  • Living Wage Foundation
  • SD Europe