Statement regarding events that took place prior to the match between 1.
FC Union Berlin and FC Sankt Pauli
On the 15th March 2013, fans of the belorusian side Partizan Minsk
attended the match between 1. FC Union Berlin and FC Sankt Pauli at the
Alten Försterei stadium. It was the first evening of a Germany-wide
friendship and solidarity tour for Partizan Minsk, which had been
organised by fan groups from Berlin, Hamburg, Babelsberg and Leipzig.
The guests from the Belorusian capital had just arrived in Berlin. Union
Berlin, in an act of kindness, had even provided free tickets for the
fans, so that they could attend the second division match. The visitors’
and our own excitement was huge. After all we wanted to spend the
evening together, and what better way, than accompanied by a good game
of football? Unfortunately it did not work out this way.
On the way to the ground, Berlin residents mingled and chatted happily
with the visiting fans from Hamburg and Minsk. No segregation or an
escort for the group of fans was offered on their arrival at the
tramstop Köpenick. Nor would it have been necessary. The visitors were
in a relaxed mood, and despite the long journey, were looking forward
getting into the ground to enjoy the atmosphere. This changed only as
the visitors and some of the organisers of the friendship and solidarity
tour reached the ground.
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“We are pleading to fans and friends of our team across the globe to join forces in meeting the goal of 5 million and saving OMONOIA from financial disaster. We are proud of our team and our fans and we will keep fighting!”
The foundation of Athletic Club OMONIA Nicosia in 1948 was a great revolution that altered the course of history of sports in Cyprus. It marked the end of discrimination and persecution of athletes due to their political ideologies and has set the foundations for healthy sportsmanship. Because of that, OMONIA was refused membership by the Cyprus Football Association (CFA) and was forced to join an unofficial league amongst other persecuted clubs. However the momentum and glamour the team had gained was so tremendous that fans following the unofficial league far out-numbered the ones at the official one. By 1953 OMONIA’s popularity and success were so great that it imposed the unification of Cypriot football.
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Take a stand at the Actionday at April!
It’s a nause! Homophobic chants or abuse against opposition fans or players, or even the referee, seem to be creeping back into football grounds. This „normal behaviour“ on many terraces has and is preventing people from freely expressing & living their sexuality. In addition homophobic behaviour allows a way in for other forms of discrimination. At Sankt Pauli we work to counter sexist, homophobic or other forms of discrimination. As a result of this we have been following with great interest the Germany-wide campaign “Fußballfans gegen Homophobie” (Football Fans against Homophobia). The organisation is also attempting to take the campaign to an international level and encourage other terraces & fans to fight homophobia within their own nunber. With that in mind, we wish to help motivate as many fans as possible to join the fight. As a result we would like to invite everyone to take part in the Alerta Actionday at April. There are plenty of ways to get involved e.g. Choreos, banners or organised events addressing this subject. This Actionday should be for everyone! We would therefore be delighted if groups that are currently not part of the Alerta Network would also take part!
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