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1.FC Union Berlin e.V. has been committed to social integration and tolerance for many years. The numerous activities include the inclusion of people with disabilities as well as actions against discrimination or projects for refugees.


A first official action in the fight against anti-discrimination was already set by 1.FC Union Berlin in 2007. The club decided to act on the proposal of the fan and member department for stadium rules to be adapted, making it possible to take action against racism and right-wing extremist behaviour. The stadium rules state, among other things, "The right of all persons to non-discrimination, regardless of race, ethnic origin, religion, ideology, age, disability or sexual orientation, is recognised by spectators who attend the Stadion An der Alten Försterei."

Together with the Berlin Football Association, the Lesbian and Gay Association Berlin-Brandenburg launched an awareness campaign alongside 1.FC Union Berlin on homosexuality in football under the motto "Red Card for Homophobia" in November 2011. This can be found regularly at events such as the annual Respect Games, the CSD, the Kietz Summer or the Intercultural Week.

In December 2013, 1.FC Union Berlin officially took over the sponsorship for the Salvador-Allende secondary school in Köpenick, the starting signal for the project "School without Racism - School with Courage" with the aim of bringing young people closer to an understanding for minorities.


1.FC Union Berlin is involved in a multitude of alliances and projects, which have collectively set the goal of integrating refugees in their new homeland in the best possible way.

Union is a partner in the Treptow Köpenick Alliance for Democracy and Tolerance, which was founded in 2000. It's a project partner in the nationwide "Welcome to Football" programme, as part of the "Berlin Welcome Alliance" or as a supporter of the "Türöffner e.V." job network.

In addition, the 'Eisern Curbs' are also involved in refugee work with their own initiatives. For example, in 2015 the association invited the residents of the Köpenick refugee shelters to a joint dinner under the motto "Encouragement to Encounter" and created accommodation facilities for the needy in a club-owned property in winter 2015/2016.

Fans with Disabilities

Fans with disabilities will be able to follow home matches at the Stadion An der Alten Försterei in greater colour with the help of an audio guide system, among other things. Since November 2011, blind and visually-impaired supporters have been able to follow the audio commentary of the match from their personal favourite spot in the stadium with a mobile receiver. This option is only available in German.

Special seats are available for wheelchair users and their companions at the Stadion An der Alten Försterei. These can be ordered in advance from Union's representative for disabled fans, Mario Jänicke.

He is also available for advice and assistance when travelling out of town and helps with ticket orders and travel arrangements.

Martin Gentzmann

Liaison Officer for Fans with Diabilities