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FIFA to Make Racist Abuse a Disciplinary Offence in all Countries

Boom RadioNG | May 16, 2024
FIFA President Gianni Infantino

The world football governing body, FIFA has said it wants all 211 national federations to make racist abuse a disciplinary offence, and designate a crossed hands gesture by victims to alert referees to abuse.

In a statement released today, FIFA detailed the tougher and more unified approach it wants to tackle racism after months of consulting with victimized players including Real Madrid footballer, Vinicius Junior.

The crossed hands gesture was made on a medal podium at the Tokyo Olympics in 2021 by United States athlete Raven Saunders who won silver in women’s shot put.

FIFA is encouraging players to copy the gesture that led to Saunders facing a disciplinary investigation by the International Olympic Committee, which has rules prohibiting political statements at medal ceremonies.

Also, teams whose fans or players racially abuse opponents could face disciplinary punishments such as forfeiting games, typically as a 3-0 loss, as part of a five-pillar pledge on tackling discrimination.

FIFA President Gianni Infantino

FIFA President Gianni Infantino

FIFA president Gianni Infantino promised months ago to make a worldwide proposal and has consulted with Brazil star Vinicius Junior, who is Black and has been repeatedly abused by opposing fans in Spanish stadiums.

FIFA also wants to create a panel of players who will “monitor and advise on the implementation of these actions around the world.”

Dolupo Balogun

Written by Boom RadioNG

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