Thuram awarded for anti-racism stance

Thuram receives a prize for his fight against racismLilian Thuram continues to accumulate awards and recognition for his work in advocating principles to counter discrimination and racism. Last Monday the French defender, who plays for Barcelona, won the Christa Leem prize for 2007, which is awarded by the group Un dels Nostres for political or social initiatives.In a ceremony held at the Palace hotel, Thuram received the prize from the hands of José Montilla, the president of the autonomous government of Catalonia. In his speech of acceptance, the player warned against falling into the trap of believing that the globalization of the world in commercial terms necessarily implied an encroachment on the rights of the least favoured.Praising Thuram, who stood against Nicolas Sarkozy in the recent French elections, José Montilla emphasized his ‘constant struggle against racism and discrimination’ and his ‘well known stand against reactionary attitudes’.

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