Football governing body FIFA announces new rules for racist behaviours

FIFA has announced a new
rule which stipulates that players will be invited to make victim statements at
disciplinary hearings.

More stringent handling of discrimination allegations is a
key theme of the redrafted FIFA disciplinary code which takes effect next week.

“Topics like racism and discrimination have been
updated, putting FIFA at the forefront of the fight against this appalling
attack on the fundamental human rights of individuals,” soccer’s world
body said on Thursday in a statement.

The minimum ban for players or officials has risen from Five
to Ten games, and victims can soon be heard in person by FIFA judging panels.

‘FIFA will not let down victims of racist abuse,’ FIFA said,
adding they ‘may be invited by the respective judicial body to make an oral or
written victim impact statement.’

‘For a first offence, playing a match with a limited number
of spectators and a fine of at least 20,000 Swiss francs ($20,000) shall be
imposed on the association or club concerned,’ FIFA said.

In recent past seasons, FIFA and European soccer body UEFA
have closed cases of alleged racist abuse for lack of evidence beyond testimony
of the players involved.


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