Fifa racism measures could see teams expelled or relegated

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Teams could be expelled from competitions or relegated for serious incidents of racism after tough new powers were voted in by Fifa.

For a first or minor offence, a warning or fine will be imposed.

Re-offenders or serious incidents could lead to a points deduction or games being played behind closed doors.

The ‘resolution on the fight against racism and discrimination’ was passed with a 99 per cent majority at the Fifa congress in Mauritius.

Fifa president Sepp Blatter believes the measures ‘send a strong signal to the racists’ but that further work needs to be done.

“While we, in this hall, can all agree that racism must be stopped, more must be done outside, back in our respective home nations,” said Blatter.

“We need zero tolerance and strict punishments everywhere. We must lead. We must set a tough, uncompromising example.

“Football can show the way. We can make a difference. With our newly formed task force, led by Jeffrey Webb, and the tough resolution before you this week, we can send a strong signal to the racists that their time is up.

“But we need the help of all. We cannot win this battle alone.”

Fifa commissioned a task force to address the issue of racism after a friendly game between AC Milan and Pro Partia was abandoned due to racist chanting.

Their verdict includes putting an official inside the stadium to identify potential acts of racism and ease the pressure on the match referee.

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