Maradona delivers anti-racism message in football

As part of FIFA’s efforts to stamp out racism in football, legendary Argentinian footballer, Diego Maradona, recently delivered a message on the inadmissibility of racism and discrimination manifestations in football.

Among other tools, FIFA is fighting against discrimination also with the help “of an outstanding pool of football legends from Latin America,” Samoura said at a news conference in St. Petersburg before the kick off of 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup in Russia.

Security and fans behaviour before, during and after football matches is in particular global focus as Russia is currently hosting the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup and continues preparing for the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

The FIFA Confederations Cup, dubbed the ‘Tournament of Champions’, is also viewed by experts as just a rehearsal, with only one year to go to the FIFA World Cup.

This year’s tournament is being held between 17 June and 2 July at four stadiums in Russia — Spartak Stadium in Moscow, St. Petersburg Stadium, Fisht Stadium in Sochi and the Kazan Arena in Kazan.

Participants in the 2017 Confederations Cup are hosts Russia, 2014 FIFA World Cup Champions Germany, 2015 Copa America Champions Chile, 2015 AFC Asian Cup Champion Australia, 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup winners Mexico, 2016 UEFA Euro Cup champs Portugal, OFC (Oceania Football Confederation) Nations Cup victors New Zealand and 2017 CAF Africa Cup of Nations Champion Cameroon.