The Estudiantes de La Plata Club Commits to Football Without Discrimination, Racism or Xenophobia

July 3, 2023

La Plata, Argentina - More than 150 players from young divisions of the Estudiantes de La Plata Football club received today the Wiesenthal Center to be trained on the fight against discrimination, racism and xenophobia in sports.

The players talked about how interested they are in the elements that they have within the limits of the game to prevent these phenomena from affecting them from the outside and from the inside. They took new instruments to deal with these situations and especially began, along with their coaches and leaders, to engage more deeply to share a beautiful game with their rivals without turning them into enemies.

Resolving not to lose focus when another seeks to offend ,to react with respect through their captains, to agree on best practices with their rivals before the game, and above all, to understand that it is a game, are possible goals that the players suggested during the talk today,” said Dr. Ariel Gelblung, Director of the Wiesenthal Center for Latin America.

He concluded: “It is a well-informed generation. Knowing how to deal with situations of racism such as those experienced by the Brazilian Vinicius in Spain or knowing that Indonesia lost the FIFA Under 20 World Cup venue for discriminating against Israel part of their habituality and normality. It is an honor for our institution to accompany them in their evolution towards maturity.”

El Club Estudiantes de La Plata se Compromete con un Fútbol sin Discriminación, Racismo ni Xenofobia

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The Simon Wiesenthal Center is one of the largest international Jewish human rights organizations in the United States. It is an NGO at international agencies including the United Nations, UNESCO, the OSCE, the OAS, the Council of Europe and the Latin American Parliament (Parlatino).

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