FIFA doubles ban for racial abuse

FIFA has toughened its stance on discrimination by doubling the minimum ban for players or officials found guilty of racist abuse to 10 matches.

World football’s governing body will also invite victims of racist abuse to make victim statements at disciplinary hearings.

Furthermore, FIFA have changed the language in their disciplinary code to include abusing someone because of their sexual orientation as a discrimination issue.

The changes have come after FIFA redrafted their disciplinary code after working with discrimination monitoring group Fare, with the alterations to come into effect next week.

Previously, individuals found guilty of racist abuse would be banned for a minimum of five matches, but that has now been raised to 10.

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