Once more, FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter is urging footballers around the world to show fair play and respect, as FIFA is holding its 14th annual FIFA Fair Play Days during the official international matchdays, from 3 to 7 September 2010, and is calling for fair play on and off the pitch.
FIFA recognises the fundamental role of fair play and respect in sport and the need to apply them to all sporting activities, including children’s activities. “Children need strong values to grow up with, and football, being a team sport, makes them realise how essential discipline, respect, team spirit and fair play are for the game and for life," explained President Blatter.
"FIFA’s Fair Play campaign involves much more than simply promoting fair play on the pitch during a competition. FIFA is committed to encouraging fair play in society too, beginning with our future – with children."
The fair play principles of world football’s governing body will be the focus of attention once again over the coming days, in dozens of stadiums around the world in the race to score points in national and international games. “I expect players, officials and fans to set a perfect example of fair play,” emphasised Blatter.
He added that it was even more important in vital matches such as these to uphold the values of fair play. “These matches must epitomise fair play,” underlined the FIFA President. "They should encapsulate the sporting, moral and ethical principles for which FIFA has always stood and leave a lasting impression."
In Europe, UEFA will join FIFA in promoting the Fair Play Days in official games via its 'Respect' campaign.