Euro 2008 red cards racism

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The Uefa Council of Europe have invited fans to lead the fight against racism during the Euro 2008 finals in Austria and Switzerland.

The slogan chosen to highlight the message – ‘United against racism’ - will be written on captains’ armbands and fans will watch a campaign video on stadium screens before all 31 games during the summer showpiece.

Furthermore, international skippers will read anti-racism statements before the semi-finals and banners reading ‘No to racism’ will appear at pitch-side.

Uefa director Patrick Gasser wants Euro 2008 to be a landmark in the battle against racist behaviour.

“The most efficient thing to fight discriminatory behaviours are the other spectators, who have to say ‘stop’ to those who sing racist slogans or throw bananas.”

European football has been marred by nasty events involving supporters in recent times and Uefa clearly want to keep the matter high-profile as the tournament approaches.