MADRID, 25 May. (EUROPA PRESS) –

The Higher Sports Council (CSD) assured that together with the Government’s Ministry of Culture and Sports they will combat hate speech in sport during the Spanish presidency of the Council of the European Union, in addition to participating in the Council of Europe in the working group whose purpose is to end hate speech at the sports level.

The CSD assured that the fight against hate speech will be one of the “main issues” on the agenda of the Ministry of Culture and Sports in the Spanish presidency of the Council of the European Union, both in the meetings of the Council of Ministers of Sports of the European Union, as in the Meeting of Directors General of Sport to be held in September in Valencia.

In addition, the entity recalls that Spain actively participates within the Council of Europe in the working group whose objective is to eradicate hate speech in sport.

On the other hand, at the national level, the CSD is having an “active role” in the fight against violence in sport, as a member of the State Commission against Violence, Racism, Xenophobia and Intolerance in Sport (Commission Antiviolencia), whose presidency he holds in the 2022/2023 season.

A Commission that holds periodic meetings –every two weeks– with a duration of between 3 and 4 hours for the study, analysis, sanction proposal and monitoring of cases of racism and xenophobia that are taking place in sport.

On the other hand, the Monitoring Commission of the Spanish Observatory on Racism and Xenophobia (OBERAXE) meets twice a year. The last meeting of the monitoring commission was on December 13 and was attended by the president of the CSD.

The next meeting of the monitoring commission was already called before the racist incidents that occurred this Sunday in Mestalla, and it will be on June 13 at the CSD headquarters.