May 17th, 2024

FIFA reveals promised anti-racism pledge and urges all soccer bodies to mandate abuse as an offense

By The Associated Press on May 16, 2024.

Real Madrid's Vinicius Junior reacts after missing a scoring chance during the Champions League semifinal second leg soccer match between Real Madrid and Bayern Munich at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid, Spain, Wednesday, May 8, 2024. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)

BANGKOK (AP) – FIFA will urge all 211 national federations to mandate racist abuse in soccer as a disciplinary offense.

Soccer’s world body also suggests “a global standard gesture for players to communicate racist incidents” to referees – hands crossed at the wrists and raised in the air.

A five-pillar pledge on tackling racism will be put to FIFA member federations on Friday at their annual meeting in Bangkok.

FIFA president Gianni Infantino promised months ago to make a worldwide proposal and has consulted with Brazil star Vinicius Junior, who is Black and has been repeatedly abused by fans in Spain while playing for Real Madrid.

FIFA also wants to create a panel of players who will “monitor and advise on the implementation of these actions around the world.”


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