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Fans unite for 'Football Unites'

Posted on 15 December 2008  - 12:00

Spurs fans and supporters of Spartak Moscow are set to stage their very own European football fixture ahead of Thursday night's game in the UEFA Cup between the two teams.

Fans unite for 'Football Unites'

Spurs fans and supporters of Spartak Moscow are set to stage their very own European football fixture ahead of the forthcoming game in the UEFA Cup between the two teams.

The friendly match between the two sets of fans is part of the 'Football Unites' campaign, an initiative created by the British Council in Moscow.

Football Unites is a longstanding project aimed at promoting cultural relations between Russia and the UK through football.

A number of successful fixtures have already been played between UK fans both here and in Russia.

Oleg Eletskiy, Head of Marketing and Communications for the British Council in Moscow said: "The aim of Football Unities is to use football to create partnerships and friendships between the UK and Russia. We are working with supporters to demonstrate that bringing fans together can produce very positive and powerful messaging. Hopefully the game between Spurs and Spartak fans will be as entertaining as the action on the pitch between the teams at White Hart Lane."

Supporters from the Spurs Community online forum will be playing on behalf of Spurs against their Russian counterparts and member Charlie Burge highlighted the benefits of the initiative: "It's normal to only see opposing fans from a distance within the stadium, so something like this is fantastic in bringing together fans to help create a sense of friendship.

"We might not speak the same language or support the same team, but we all share a passion for football. We hope to show that football can unify football fans everywhere."

The match will be played on same day at the UEFA Cup fixture - this Thursday, December 18 at the Paddington Recreation Ground, Maida Vale, London, W9 1RD kick off 15:45.

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