FC Bayern sends joint signal with Munich's professional teams
In a joint video clip featuring all of Munich's professional teams and the state capital Munich, FC Bayern are united and unequivocal in saying: No to racism! In the clip, which was created to mark the "International Weeks against Racism", athletes from football, basketball and ice hockey play together and fill the slogan "Bewegt gegen Rassismus" ("Move against racism") with life. Following the insertion of actual headlines, they ask questions that are designed to provoke a response.
FC Bayern München president Herbert Hainer: "The war in Ukraine and the dire situation of the people there show us once again how important shared values and solidarity are. Our world is based on co-existence and togetherness. In sport, rivalry is indeed part of the game, and people are often separated by their club colours. But when it comes to central social values, we set an example together. Because sport brings people together, regardless of their origin or skin colour - beyond the pitch. With its 'Reds against Racism' initiative, FC Bayern is consistent in its commitment to tolerance and diversity. Now, together with all of Munich's professional teams and our Lord Mayor Dieter Reiter, we are sending out another clear signal: Racism has no room for manoeuvre - neither in sport nor in society."
Lord Mayor of the City of Munich Dieter Reiter: "I am delighted Munich's professional clubs have joined forces to take a stand against racism. Racial discrimination, abuse and exclusion are also a reality in sport. It is therefore necessary that the clubs set an example here. Separate in their respective club colours, but united and shoulder to shoulder in the fight against racism!"
Watch the joint video clip, which features Kingsley Coman, Saki Kumagai and Deshaun Thomas (all FC Bayern) as well as Marco Hiller (TSV 1860), Albion Vrenezi (Türkgücü München) and Benjamin Smith (EHC Red Bull München), here:
In Munich, more than 100 organisations, clubs and authorities are participating this year with a total of 130 events in the "International Weeks against Racism" programme, which is coordinated by the Office for Democracy. Click here for dates and information (in German): www.muenchen.de/gegen-rassismus.