FIFA Ethics and Regulations Watch (FERW) strongly supports FIFA’s new harsher measures against racism.

FIFA has introduced stricter punishments against racism and other discriminatory behaviours as part of their updated disciplinary Code which takes effect next week.

From FIFA’s statement,

”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.”

The minimum ban for racist incidents has been increased from five to 10 games. Moreover, victims of racism will soon be able to make a statement at the FIFA judging panels.

The updated FIFA Code expands the scope of what is considered discriminatory behaviour to anything related to “race, skin colour, ethnic, national or social origin, gender, disability, sexual orientation, language, religion, political opinion, wealth, birth or any other status or any other reason.”

In addition, FIFA has strengthened the sanctions for clubs and nations whose fans are found guilty of racist abuse during games. A first offence will now see an enforced partial stadium closure and a fine of at least 20,000 Swiss francs.

The aforementioned changes follow a number of high profile racism incidents last season, including the racist insults on Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly by Inter Milan fans and the violent discriminatory attack on England team by Montenegro fans.

In light of this news, FERW calls on FIFA to keep up the important job they are doing in protecting football players worldwide from racism.

Furthermore, FERW also calls on all football clubs officials, teams, fans, and referees to abide by FIFA regulations and act in accordance with the FIFA Code of Ethics to ensure that all matches are held in a safe and discrimination-free environment.

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