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Moscow against racism

Published: Thursday 22 July 2004, 10.36CET
The FC Moskva club and its players make a stand against racist conduct in football.

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Published: Thursday 22 July 2004, 10.36CET

Moscow against racism

The FC Moskva club and its players make a stand against racist conduct in football.

FC Moskva, the club which started this season as FC Torpedo-Metallurg Moskva but which is now under the support of the city of Moscow, has staged an event against racism in the Russian capital.

T-shirt message
Before the league match against UEFA Cup contenders FC Rubin Kazan, Moskva players came out for their warm-up session in t-shirts with the slogan 'Moscow against racism'. The message was written in two languages – English and Russian. "This is how the club has decided to support the football authorities' worldwide action against racism," a club spokesman said.

Hope for the future
"I know there is a problem of this nature in the world," said Cameroon defender Jerry Christian Tschuisse, who also has a Russian passport. "Fortunately, I don't have problems like this in my team. I have great relationships with all my team-mates, I speak fluent Russian and I have a Russian passport. I support what the club does, in the hope that our children will never come across racism wherever they live and work."

Long-term strategy
Moskva chief executive Yuri Belous said the club has developed a long-term strategy to fight against racist conduct in the football environment. As a first step, he said, Moskva will endeavour to make the public aware of the existence of such a problem, and the need to counter it.

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