Hatred and intolerance are rife in today’s Europe and this
is reflected in the world of sport, in the form of abusive language,
incitation to violence and actual hate crimes, based on all grounds
of discrimination including antisemitism, islamophobia, homo- and
transphobia, afrophobia, racism, sexism and xenophobia.
Sport has a powerful potential to change mindsets and should
be first and foremost an instrument for promoting values such as
fair play, mutual respect and tolerance, thus contributing to harmonious
living together in diversity.
The Council of Europe has taken action against hate speech
in sport, inter alia thanks
to the No Hate Speech Movement Campaign, and has established co-operation
with UEFA and FIFA to promote human rights, integrity, good governance
and non-discrimination in football.
Council of Europe member States should strengthen co-operation
with sports organisations in areas including the monitoring and
reporting of incidents, as well as information and awareness-raising
activities targeting athletes and the general public. In addition,
since education is key in preventing hatred and intolerance, special attention
should be paid to the role of schools in transmitting the values
of tolerance and human dignity.