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UEFA Football and Social Responsibility Report

UEFA Football and Social Responsibility Report

Read UEFA's Football and Social Responsibility Report for 2019/20 to learn more about the work UEFA has done in the area of social responsibility.

More than ever, we at UEFA are aware of the great sustainability that we carry across Europe and around the world. When the 2018/19 season ended, none of us could possibly have foreseen the magnitude of the events that awaited us in 2019/20.

Though many of our events last season were postponed, UEFA’s valuable work in the area of social responsibility continued, in cooperation with national associations and specialist partners.

We continued, for example, to strive to eradicate racism and discrimination in football. Brought together by a shared passion for sport, it is imperative that the football community stands united in this fight, recognising that it is our differences – whether in terms of race, culture, religion, gender, sexual orientation or socio-economic status – that make our sport and our societies so special. In the spirit of #EqualGame, UEFA remains committed to promoting diversity and inclusion within football and society, and we will not tolerate racism or discrimination of any kind.

We have also found ourselves united against a new and unforeseen challenge: COVID-19. The effects of the pandemic have been felt around the world, and I have been impressed by the many people within football who have stepped forward to help the most vulnerable in our communities. At the same time, online meetings and remote working have given the environment a brief moment of respite from the constant strain of transport and pollution. This period has also been one of innovation, a time when people have been forced to find creative solutions, be they online exercise classes or cutout fan photos in stadiums. I am encouraged when I see that the human spirit continues to thrive, create and show compassion even in this challenging period.

As part of our role protecting and promoting the game of football in Europe, we must ensure that future generations have the same opportunity to play that we have had. One tangible sign of UEFA’s commitment to safeguarding our children’s futures was the landmark decision to offset all travel-related carbon emissions associated with EURO 2020. Global warming is the biggest threat that we face today, and we very much hope that others will follow suit with climate-related actions of their own.

We thank you for your continued support and action to make football a more sustainable game, thereby contributing to a more socially responsible future.

  • Read the report here


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