• 11-SEP-2014


Professional Clubs Support Respect Diversity Conference

Professional Clubs Support Respect Diversity Conference
Footballers past and present have gathered in Rome to discuss the use of football as an educational tool in society and lend their support to the UEFA Respect Diversity conference.

Four-time UEFA Champions League winner Clarence Seedorf joined AS Roma star Urby Emanuelson, former Ghana international Anthony Baffoe and UEFA Chief Refereeing Officer Pierluigi Collina for a panel to discuss the future challenges facing football and society in promoting diversity, with the support of France international Laura Georges, who submitted a video message.

"Football is a global phenomenon and we are key players in this fantastic game", said Seedorf in an address to delegates. "We need to have a positive campaign with positive messages and as an objective, to look for direct, short-term intervention as well as a long-term plan. I've been playing football for 23 years and with more than 30 nationalities and for me, that has been a pleasure. That is one message that we need to get across, because the more we tell the kids about the positive things, the better our future will be.