Infantino told Reuters that in addition to imposing disciplinary and competitive penalties, FIFA will bring legal action against offenders in countries where racism occurs at soccer matches. There will be no more soccer with racism. Games must be stopped immediately when it happens. Enough is enough, Infantino said Thursday after a meeting with Vinicius and the Brazilian national team, which plays Guinea in Barcelona on Saturday as part of the Brazilian FA’s (CBF) anti-racism campaign.
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I asked Vinicius to lead this group of players who will present stricter penalties against racism, which will then be applied by all soccer authorities around the world.
We need to hear the players and what they need to work in a safer environment. We take this very seriously.
We will use very harsh and severe penalties to end the problem of racism in soccer once and for all. We can no longer tolerate racism. As president of FIFA, I feel I have to personally talk to Vinicius about this.
La Liga and the Spanish FA (RFEF), the country’s highest soccer authority, are under pressure to do more to combat racism after Vinicius received support from around the world after the abuse he suffered in Valencia. Infantino, however, stressed that measures to eradicate discrimination in soccer must be taken on a global level, and that political authorities and local prosecutors in each country must also fight racism more vigorously.
Unfortunately, racism is not a problem that exists only in Spain. It exists in many, many other countries. So we need to take collective action to fight it worldwide, Infantino said.
We need governments to understand that they need to educate children in school (about racism) because it’s a social problem, but it’s also a soccer problem.
We need to stop the games, apply disciplinary and competitive measures, and all this needs to be coordinated with local authorities and governments.
An act of racism is a criminal act… From now on FIFA will also take legal action with local authorities, we will join the complaints filed with local justice.
147251I can’t take it anymore. We need the author’s help and support because racists must be identified, apprehended, and banned for life from every stadium in the world.
And it’s not just in stadiums, it’s on social media. This too is very serious and requires the same punishment.