FIFA to introduce racism monitors at World Cup qualifiers

FIFA to introduce racism monitors at World Cup qualifiers
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Published May 12th, 2015 - 12:55 GMT via SyndiGate.info

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FIFA observers will attend certain qualifying matches for the 2018 World Cup in a bid to crack down on racism
FIFA observers will attend certain qualifying matches for the 2018 World Cup in a bid to crack down on racism

FIFA observers are to attend certain qualifying matches for the 2018 World Cup in Russia in a bid to crack down on racism, the world football governing body said Tuesday.

"As part of the new monitoring system, specially trained Anti-Discrimination Match Observers will be appointed to games that have been identified as high risk," FIFA said in a website statement.

"After every monitored match, the Match Observer will provide a report within 24 hours to FIFA's disciplinary body, which will analyse the information and decide on the potential opening of disciplinary proceedings."

FIFA president Joseph Blatter welcomed the move, saying: "I'm very happy to see this programme taking shape and being rolled out first for the 2018 qualifiers.

"The new monitoring system is a very concrete measure in order to ensure that football sends a clear message for diversity and against any form of discrimination."

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