FIFA Approves Stricter Punishments for Racism

Racist teams may be banned from competing in tournaments.

Posted: 05/31/2013 10:42 AM EDT
Filed Under FIFA, Racism, Sports News, soccer

FIFA has made punishments more strict for teams and fans who show serious racist abuse toward players.

The new measures were passed by a 99 percent majority in a secret ballot of FIFA member countries, according to the Associated Press. FIFA is cracking down on racist behavior after recent problems in Italy and England. 

New regulations may leave a team banned from competing in a tournament if the club or its fans show repeat offenses. Also if any player or official is found guilty of racism, they will be suspended from at least five matches.

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