Malta Football Association
UEFA research grant award
Jun 15, 2016
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The Malta Football Association is pleased to announce that the research project: “Football for human rights: Embedding human rights promotion and protection through and within European football” – supported by the MFA -  has been selected as one of the grantees of the 7th cycle of the UEFA Research Grant Programme. Applications for grants have been received for 50 projects of which 7 were chosen, including the project submitted by the Malta Football Association and the University of Padova (Italy).


The research will be carried out by prof. Jacopo Tognon of the University of Padova, and 2 research assistants: Andrea Cofelice and Marianna Pavan.


Football has an inherent transcendent capacity of bringing people together, due to its elevated societal role. As a result, one wonders if there is a human right pertaining to football. This academic research will focus on the role of football with regard to the respect for human rights, enhancement and protection. Indeed, it will carry out an in-depth analysis of the synergies between these elements. With an insight on football in Malta this study will develop a framework on football and human rights applicable at European level to all UEFA Member Associations and clubs. This will benefit football organisations both in terms of credibility and prestige. Considerations will be made on the notion that respect for human rights is an integral part of corporate social responsibility. Hence, football can play for human rights!


The MFA is proud that once again UEFA has endorsed a project bearing the name of the association, and is looking forward to have its Legal Department, under the management of Vice-President Dr. Chris Bonett, work with the University of Padova for the successful completion of the project.



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