Cameroonian football striker Samuel Eto’o, who played with Barcelona and Chelsea, and the FARE Network, an organization active in combating discrimination, will be presented with the Third European Medal of Tolerance in London next week for their ‘’exceptional achievements’’ in promoting tolerance in football.
The Medal is will be presented next Monday in London by the European Council on Tolerance and Reconciliation’s (ECTR, a NGO established in 2008 by former Polish President Aleksander Kwasniewski and European Jewish Congress President Moshe Kantor to monitor tolerance in Europe.
The ECTR is a non-governmental organisation comprised former European leaders, Nobel Prize laureates and other senior public figures. It is an opinion-making and advisory body on international tolerance promotion, reconciliation, legislation and education.
‘’As racism, anti-Semitism and hatred are once again rearing their ugly heads on the terraces, on the field and in the boardrooms of sporting clubs and institutions, Samuel Eto’o and the FARE Network are being recognized for their strong stance and action against growing racism, anti-Semitism and intolerance in sports in general and football in particular’’, the ECTR said.
The first recipient of the European Medal of Tolerance was His Majesty Juan Carlos I, the King of Spain. Recipients of the second Medal were the President of Croatia Ivo Josipovic and the former President of Serbia Boris Tadic.