FIFA update racism punishments code

FIFA update racism punishments code

The Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) have made fresh efforts to wipe out racism in world football.

Racist incidents will now be followed by 10 match bans, while players will be invited to release victim statement similarly to how one would do in a court case - effective from Monday 15 July 2019

"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," read a statement released by FIFA.

FIFA went as far as adding a firm promise that they will not fail to support victims...

"Fifa's Disciplinary Committee may permit the victim to make a statement, allowing the latter to participate in the proceedings. Fifa will not let down victims of racist abuse.”

A couple of the infamous incidences that shamefully rocked football last season included Raheem Sterling of Manchester City, Napoli's Kalidou Koulibaly and Mohamed Salah of European champions Liverpool.

"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,” added the statement.

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