Thuram advocates for respect and tolerance

The Frenchman gave a talk on respect to more than 200 youngsters for FC Barcelona Foundation’s ‘We are what we respect’ campaign “The colour of skin does no determine the defects or the virtues of individuals,” he said

The ex-FC Barcelona player Lilian Thuram is in Barcelona this Tuesday, Feb. 7th, to collaborate on the FC Barcelona Foundation’s ‘We are what we do, we are what we respect’ campaign. The initiative is supported by the Generalitat of Catalonia’s Department of Social Good.

During the day, the ex-Barça player participated in a series of lectures and workshops with the goal of offering up ways to foment respect and sensitize the public on the importance of this value as a means of living in community with other people.

Talks and discussions

This afternoon, in the Roma Room at the Camp Nou, Thuram gave a talk on respect and tolerance to more than 200 youngsters, all of whom are involved with social cohesion programmes led by the Department of Social Good. The ex-player explained to the youngsters, in an entertaining and down-to-earth way, methods to deconstruct racist behaviours that are present in today’s society.

“Racism is an intellectual and political construct. The colour of skin does not determine the defects or virtues of an individual.” The French world champion went on to say: “football is an international language that helps us live together.” After the talk the floor was open to general discussion, where everyone was invited to share their opinions.

The Generalitat of Catalonia’s Department of Social Good and Family councillor, Josep Lluís Cleries, and the first vice-president of the FC Barcelona Foundation, Ramon Pont, were also present.

Visit to La Masia

This morning, Thuram participated in a talk at the Catalan Women’s Institute with members of the Plataforma Unitaria against Gender Violence and Tamaia. This afternoon, he visited the Joan Slavador Gavina centre. The centre, which is located in the Raval neighborhood, is dedicated to improving the quality of life for infants, children and families. Finally, Thuram visited the Masia to share his experiences in regards to tolerance on the football pitch with the young footballers this evening.

Campaign to foment respect and tolerance

‘We are what we do, we are what we respect’ is a campaign started by the FC Barcelona Foundation. The objective is to increase respect, tolerance and coexistence, especially in younger persons, from an athletic, specifically football, standpoint.

The project boasts various audio visual aids that can be found on the campaign’s official website (, among them are 10 suggestions on how to respect opponents on the football pitch.

The ‘we are what we do, we are what we respect’ campaign was one of the centerpiecesat the Salon of Infancia of Barcelona from Dec. 27 2011 through Jan. 4th 2012. Cesc, Thiago and Fontas visited the Foundation’s stand and played a bit of football with the attending children. At the end of January, the ‘we are what we respect’ campaign was at the Office of Formation and Employment of Girona and at the start of February it made its debut at the Palau Blaugrana, coinciding with the Barça Regal-Zalgiris Kaunas basketball match.