Double time: FIFA implements tougher penalties for racism

FIFA is doubling its minimum ban for racist incidents to 10 games and will allow players to make victim statements and participate in the proceedings, world football's governing body has announced.

Stricter punishments against racism and other discriminatory behaviour was a key part of FIFA's updated disciplinary code which takes effect from Monday.

FIFA president Gianni Infantino, Football’s governing body is cracking down on racism.Credit:Ennio Leanza

"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," the body said in a statement.

The changes follow on from several high-profile incidents last season in domestic and international football.

Inter Milan were ordered to play two home games behind closed doors after their supporters racially insulted Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly.

Koulibaly, who received a red card for showing dissent, was banned for two matches, sparking criticism that the victim was being punished.

Montenegro were also ordered by European governing body UEFA to play a home game behind closed doors as part of sanctions handed out for the racist behaviour of their supporters during a match against England.

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".

A match will be forfeited by the team if their supporters are found to be guilty of racist and other discriminatory behaviour.

Napoli’s Kalidou Koulibaly leaves the field after receiving a red card following racial abused by fans last season.Credit:Luca Bruno

The updated code also includes the option of imposing transfer bans on clubs which default on debts in cases processed by FIFA and the Court of Arbitration for Sport.


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