David Villa becomes the first footballer to accept the UNESCO-sponsored anti-racism clause in his contract with FC Barcelona
During the press conference on Friday 21 May 2010, the president of FC Barcelona, Joan Laporta, presented David Villa as new FCB player, and announced that his contract with the club is the first to include an anti-racism clause. "From now on we will include it in all new contracts," he added.
The clause states: 'The player will not express nor carry out, in any form, discriminatory ideas or acts, either during football games or during any other functions related to the club. The club will strongly condemn any discriminatory or racist act under the terms of the agreement'.
The idea of adding an anti-racism clause in athletes’ contracts originated from the 'Youth Voices against Racism' project jointly carried out in the course of 2008 by UNESCO and FC Barcelona, in partnership with the European Coalition of Cities against Racism. This highly symbolic act aims at mobilizing professional footballers in a common front against racism and discrimination.
At the initiative of FC Barcelona, the European Club Association decided in July 2009 to promote the anti-racism clause among its 144 members.
Promoting this type of clause is one of the many initiatives of the Joint UNESCO/FC Barcelona Anti-racism Campaign launched on 21 March 2010.