OFFC: Work Hard and Fair Play. Solidarity and Equality.

Argentinos Juniors, Argentinian team formed in 1904 by players of Sol de la Victoria and Mártires de Chicago. Argentinos Juniors, Argentinian team formed in 1904 by players of Sol de la Victoria and Mártires de Chicago.

Football is a part of politics, sorry Platini and FIFA’s corporate sponsors (though we suspect they know this all too well), and politics is a part of football. We don’t believe in the false separation of sport and politics solely in the interest of money. And neither, arguably, does NBA Commissioner Adam Silver. When FIFA decides to build a World Cup under disastrous labour conditions or in the process trample democratic rights there is something wrong; the political values within the sport are broken.

From the beginning Stony Monday Riot has declared that “we are not consumers or costumers of a game day experience.” We know each person that pays for a ticket or buys a jersey is labelled by business textbooks as a ‘customer.’ OFFC, however, belongs to each and everyone of us who participates in giving this team meaning. We share, through our community, in creating our Ottawa Fury FC. We own what we create.

SMR believes that football in this city should represent the values of the sport: work hard and fair play. It should also represent solidarity and equality, in the fight against racism, sexism, and homophobia in sport and against social and political exploitation. Football’s politics is not about which party you vote for or who wins the election; it is about what values and ideas we promote and defend through our participation.

We support our local community and our local football team. Happy May Day.



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