In March, the Mission launched a campaign aimed at raising awareness on the detrimental effects of hate speech and hate crimes during football matches. Running for 45 consecutive days, the activity aimed to reduce tension during sport events, an increasing security concern since severe clashes between competing football fans in June 2018 led to the death of a young man.
The campaign included a specific visual identity, videos, billboards, posters, banners, and wristbands distributed during football matches. The country-wide campaign included broadcasts of 271 video airings on two national TV stations and 810 radio airings. Online materials had a reach of approximately five million impressions, while videos generated more than 250,000 views.
Complementing the awareness-raising campaign, the Mission also organised a workshop on reducing hate rhetoric and hate crimes at sporting events, which included organizers of football matches, security commissioners from the Football Federation, five football clubs, the Ministry of Interior, and the Agency for Youth and Sports. Participants discussed the possibility of allowing the supporters of away teams to be present at so-called “high-risk matches”, which is currently not allowed.