Featured post

Cork AUL's Billy Lyons

2006 FIFA Fair Play Day
18 to 24 September 2006


The world unites in fair play

The Football Association of Ireland and its President, David Blood, appeal to players, referees, fans and officials throughout the country to help praise and promote the spirit of fair play on FIFA World Fair Play Day.

FIFA is holding the tenth World Fair Play Day this week to link this year’s events to another special celebration: the United Nations International Day of Peace, which is tomorrow 21st September, and he has issued an invitation to all nations and people to honour a cessation of hostilities around the world.

The football family therefore wishes to commemorate the International Day of Peace by using the wonderful game and – most notably – its annual Fair Play celebration. This initiative has the personal support of FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter.

“Fair Play is essential to our sport and to everyone involved in it,” declared David Blood. “We need to cherish and nurture the values of sporting spirit and work tirelessly to keep up the momentum. We are appealing to all football fans in Ireland to help us celebrate FIFA Fair Play Day and the International Day of Peace successfully.”

FIFA President Sepp Blatter recognises the fundamental role of Fair Play in sport and the need to apply it to all sporting activities, including children’s activities. “Children need strong values to grow up with, and football, being a team sport, makes them realise how essential discipline, respect, team spirit and fair play are for the game and for life,” he commented. “FIFA’s Fair Play campaign involves much more than simply promoting Fair Play on the pitch during a competition. FIFA is committed to encouraging Fair Play in society too, beginning with our future – with children,” he said.

“The most common way of commemorating the International Day of Peace is by observing a moment of silence or holding a special ceremony,” the FIFA President added. “FIFA would like to encourage its member associations to do this by gathering around a football pitch, highlighting the values of Fair Play, and reminding the football family of the meaning of peace and the need for commitment to its realisation.”

This is the tenth FIFA Fair Play Day to be celebrated since its introduction in 1997 and the third time that it will be linked to the International Day of Peace. In previous years, activities have been held in dozens of countries around the world, from grass roots to top-flight football and in many community-based projects.

The Football Association of Ireland began its celebrations at the eircom League Cup Final in the Brandywell on Monday last and today David Blood is writing to all Leagues and Affiliates urging their teams to observe the FIFA Pre-match and After-match handshakes at all matches this weekend.

Contact:Aisling Fennin FIFA Media Department
Press Officer Tel.: +41-43/222 7272
Football Association of Ireland Fax: +41-43/222 7373
80 Merrion Square, Dublin 2 E-mail address: media@fifa.org