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(en) Czech, afed.cz: Girls fight back - football against racism -- Report from the 12th year of the popular football event against football. [machine translation]

Date Thu, 16 May 2019 09:50:56 +0300

Even this year, there was no exclamation mark in any activist calendar for the first weekend of May. The 12th year of the legendary sports and cultural event Football Against Racism was held in Vežnicka near Jihlava. And because this is not just a fun-free event, this year's political subtext was also missing: the 12th year's subtitle speaks quite clearly: Girls fight back. The organizers and organizers said: "We would like to pay more attention to women in sports this year. In many sports, women are disadvantaged because of their gender. Whether it is the reduction of women to mere sexual objects, wage differences or insufficient attention paid to women's sports in the media. Football and sports generally do not interest us as performance and money-oriented entertainment for the chosen men and women. We understand sport (and football and ping pong in particular) from its subversive nature. We think that sport should not divide but connect people and create a community regardless of skin color, nationality, class or gender. "In addition to the traditional football tournament, the program also included political lectures or workshops.

The weather forecast did not promise just burnt faces, which players and players took from the last years - even threatened by night snow and persistent rain, which, while some of the more sensitive visitors, discouraged, but still found brave, who were not afraid of the renowned Highlands winter, and many of they even walked barefoot on the premises and in five centimeters of mud.

Friday's program for impatient was composed only of the musical part, played by Emperor or Hyenxxx.

Of course, the football tournament was at the center of the Saturday day. Most of the teams this year have met this year, and after reaching a total of 24 sports teams, some of them were unable to sign up for the tournament. The classic, stubborn little playground has experienced unprecedented fights this year. At the outset, viewers and viewers could watch an epic match between the Old Whores Feminist Team and the Demonstration for the Death of Football. The old feminist whores were a bunch of old-time feminists who, in ankle dresses and parapets, were dancing for women's right to vote. Their main playing strategy was the transfer of a balloon over a playground in handbags. Demonstration But it did not scare the death of football. They were more interested in the riot than the football itself. They had police brutality when they organized a protest with banners and pyrotechnics on the field. Before the poor protesters were able to hand out passers-by to passers-by announcing that footballs had a soul, or that lawns should be in place, then a police dog was already barking at them, and a cop of one of them pulled into the car. Fortunately, they could say it in their team when they won vegan cake for best costumes at the end of the tournament.

They weren't the only costumed teams, and there was a run for a balloon of Vodnany, a bunch of socks and bathrobes, and a bunch of pirates. Even the names were worth recording every year. In addition to Worms, you could fight with Morning Rush and watch the performance of Sagvan Tofu on Mushrooms, FC Loss or Pope's Pits.

Among the teams was also the legendary purely female striker from Prague SK Trefa, who did not have any costume and gave no goal, but played with a huge effort, she won at least one draw and even lost matches left with honor and feeling of a well-played macho.

Throughout the day, not only players and players but also the fan base could be strengthened by Zapatista coffee from the Black Seeds team (we brought the interview with its members in the last issue of Existence ) and a wide selection of vegan snacks including the Food Not Bombs Jihlava.

From noon, the accompanying program, which opened a workshop for the production of a phonograph, carrot flutes, guns, rattles, bubblers... from everything that came to the participants, began. Another was a self-defense workshop that focused on verbal ways to defend against harassment.

There was a prediction around the second, and the rain shower drove most of the participants to the big top. However, they did not have to regret it because there was just a lecture on women in sport, where Vojtech Ondrácek highlighted some important sportswomen and troubles and problems they faced. But besides contemporary world "celebrities" like Sister Williams, he also mentioned those that are almost forgotten. Thus he devoted himself to purely female football teams in England after the First World War, whose attendance struggles exceeded those of men. But men decided that "football is unsuitable for women" and banned women from playing football in 1921. Footballers had to wait for fifty years to "kind" permission. This is, among other things, a good argument for shutting the pub football connoisseurs out of the way that women will never play football as well as a guy.

The group Limity we are also contributing to the program, which organized an action training or talk about why to come to this year's klimakemp.

Concerts were also taking place from late afternoon, playing on two stages - the classic podium in the pub was complemented by a spacious tent that was even heated. Saturday's concerts were offered by musicians of different genres. From synth pop performed by Palma musician or experimental music by Kolen through country from floor by Dingo to black-metal Bahratal. The concert series was closed by the new Prague band Kurvy Ceši. Afterparty was under the thumb of Mary C and was sure to dance until morning.

In conclusion, it is good to thank the organizational team for a great event (which is already customary). Although the weather was not exactly the best, it was possible to survive and we will go again next year. And we are looking forward!

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