Yaya Touré announces support for FARE’s #FootballPeople campaign
Yaya Touré has announced his support of Fare Network ’s #FootballPeople campaign, which sees thousands of people worldwide take action against discrimination in football.
The Manchester City midfielder spoke in a short film with the Fare Network on previous racial abuse he suffered in the game and why he’s passionate to be involved with #FootballPeople.
“I have been abused by racism and because those things happened to me, I try to be involved and I want to help those people who don’t have a voice to control this situation,” Toure said.
Touré’s involvement comes at a pivotal time, as Russia host the world cup next summer. The midfielder talks about his time in the country and his ambition to drive social change.
“I want to say to FIFA I want to say to the government in Russia as well, that if you need me I can help, I don’t want to be involved in only talking, I want to see action and people be real. This thing is very important for the future of football, we have to see change.”
For the past three seasons Fare’s monitoring system has recorded over 800 incidents of discrimination at football stadiums, including race, homophobia and nationalistic based abuse.
Piara Powar, Executive Director of Fare Network, commented: “It has never been more important to confront these issues. Football can play a vital role in breaking down barriers and helping to heal divisions in society.”
Fare’s #FootballPeople campaign has seen a global effort in the fight against discrimination, including activities such as Sport for Unity in Ukraine, refugee inclusion and female participation campaigns in Malta, and the Canal Street Blues 10-day discussion on homophobia in football in England, amongst many others.
For a better understanding of the campaign and an overview of the 50 #FootballPeople events, click here.