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FIFA chief calls for teams to ‘forfeit’ racist fan abuse

In response to occurrences in England’s Championship and Italy’s Serie A, FIFA President Gianni Infantino declared on Saturday that teams whose supporters indulge in racist abuse should be forced to forfeit.

After hearing racial taunts from the home crowd repeatedly during a 3-2 victory over Udinese, AC Milan goalkeeper Mike Maignan momentarily left the field in protest. After informing the referee, he and his teammates went to the team’s dressing room and came back a short while later.

Midfielder Kasey Palmer of Coventry claimed earlier in the day that he had been the target of racist taunts during the last moments of a 2-1 victory on the road against Sheffield Wednesday.

“The events that took place in Udine and Sheffield Wednesday are totally abhorrent and completely unacceptable,” Infantino stated in a statement issued by FIFA. Racism and other forms of prejudice have no place in society or in football. I fully support the players that are impacted by what happened on Saturday.

“In addition to the three-step process [match stopped, match stopped again and match abandoned], we need to enforce automatic defeat for the team whose fans committed racism and caused the match to be abandoned, as well as worldwide stadium bans and criminal charges for racists,” he stated.

Maignan demanded harsher punishments for those in charge after hearing racist shouts during a Cagliari game two seasons prior.

“They made noises like monkeys, and it’s not the first time that this has happened to me,” Maignan, 28, said to DAZN. “Since talking no longer works, they have to impose really harsh consequences.

“We have to declare that their actions are improper. It’s not the entire audience; most supporters would prefer to jeer you while cheering for their side.

Palmer stated that he needed to address the racial treatment he had received in a post on X.

“I’m disappointed that I even have to write this on this website. It is a shame that racism exists anywhere, much less in football. I am raising my three children to be just like me because I am a proud Black woman. To be honest, it seems that no matter how hard we work, nothing will ever seem to change,” he wrote.

“Couple fans doing monkey chants don’t define a fan base — I appreciate all the love and support I’ve received.”

Yachiga Tavershima
Yachiga Tavershima
Soccer Blogger with a keen eye for detailed reportage. I bring the latest drama in the most dramatic way


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