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FIFA chief wants to punish football teams for having racist fans

FIFA chief wants to punish football teams for having racist fans

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New Delhi: Gianni Infantino, President of Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA), on Sunday advocated severe action against the football teams whose fans are seen as racists. He shared this reaction with football lovers via X, formerly Twitter, after alleged racism-related incidents were reported in the football match of AC Milan versus Udinese.

He said “The events that took place in Udine and Sheffield on Saturday are totally abhorrent and completely unacceptable. There’s no room for racism or any form of discrimination either in football or in society. The players affected by Saturday’s events have my undivided support.”

He advocated a three-step process (match stopped, match re-stopped, match abandoned), against such practices, adding, “We have to implement an automatic forfeit for the teams whose fans have committed racism and caused the match to be abandoned as well as worldwide stadium bans and criminal charges for racists.”

Infantine also reminded people that punishments and penalties are not enough without putting an effort into educating the young generation about the dangers of racism to prepare the next generation with no racism.

The football world stood up against racist actions including the actions that happened yesterday to Mike Maignan of AC Milan in a match of Udinese in Italy, and racist actions took place at the match of Coventry City versus Sheffield Wednesday in England.

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