On Thursday, 22.10.2020, the Charity Centre for Refugees (CCR) conducted an online meeting on Zoom for the men, women and children from the refugee community and mix families which was dedicated to the #FootballPeople weeks 2020 (08-22 of October). This year, CCR’s motto is “Show only red cards to DISCRIMINATION, as EQUALITY matters!”

The speakers of the conference were: the representative of the Moldovan Football Federation (MFF) – Mrs. Diana BULGARU (MFF’s Marketing and Grassroots Manager), who presented the activities implemented (by MFF together with CCR) within the “UEFA Football and Refugees Grant Scheme2018/2019” Project. The participants, especially children remember how they escorted the professional football players in 2019, twice, in the matches Moldova vs. Andorra (08.06.2019) and Moldova vs. Albania (14.10.2019). The kids are still excited while remembering the emotions on the Stadium “Zimbru” field J CCR is proud of the mini football field at the Temporary Accommodation Centre for the asylum seekers, which was built within this Project with the support of UEFA and MFF.

Then, the host explained what is the target and purpose of the #FootballPeople weeks Campaign – the propaganda of the EQUALITY in FOOTBALL!

The second special guest of the evening, was the Moldovan professional football player – Mr. Gheorghe ANDRONIC, who kindly shared his personal and professional story. He explained how he developed his carrier, and described his multicultural experience while interacting with football players from different countries, as Romania, Belarus, Croatia, Sweden, Kazakhstan, Nigeria, Cameroon, etc. There was no barrier in finding a common language and there was no difference because of skin color, spoken language or religion.

The refugees received answers from the special guest and they expressed their huge gratitude to CCR for such a wonderful initiative within this campaign!

In its turn, CCR (in head with its Director – Mr. Djavid PAKNEHAD) brings its own gratitude to Mrs. Diana BULGARU and Mr. Gheorghe ANDRONIC for their participation and to the persons who are working in the promotion, year by year, of the #FootballPeople weeks Campaign, as it is so important to show always RED CARDS to DISCRIMINATION and RACISM and to show GREEN CARDS to EQUALITY!

Stay healthy!

Text: Paknehad Șabnam-Cristina – CCR’s Deputy Director