FIFA’s second world day against discrimination and racism will be held on 21 and 22 June while the FIFA Confederations Cup France 2003 is in full swing, as a demonstration of football’s firm opposition to this blight on our society.

The teams taking part in the competition have accepted FIFA’s invitation to send a clear message in defiance of racism. On these dates, all of the players from Brazil, Cameroon, Colombia, the USA, France, Japan, New Zealand and Turkey will line up with their opponents and the referees before kick-off to display a banner to the crowd and television cameras showing the slogan “Say no to racism”.

“Racism is a blight that we must eradicate forcefully and resolutely. Football has a unifying power that can and must be used to combat discrimination of all kinds.” This quotation from Joseph S. Blatter, FIFA President, demonstrates his aversion to racism and the commitment of world football’s governing body to take a stand against it.

Senes Erzik, chairman of the FIFA Committee for Security and Fair Play commented: “Our sport is a reflection of society and is not devoid of the phenomena threatening modern society. Today, FIFA is showing renewed commitment by adopting measures to curtail the incidence and impact of pernicious phenomena such as racism and violence that are undermining society and football.”

Discrimination in football will be the main topic of discussion on 21 and 22 June. During interviews in the mixed zones, FIFA’s press officers will be asking the players and coaches taking part in the FIFA Confederations Cup France 2003 to give their opinion on this subject.

FIFA’s first world day against discrimination and racism in football was held on 7 July 2001 after the proposal had been approved by the Extraordinary Congress in Buenos Aires in 2001 (full text of FIFA’s resolution against racism ).