FIFA has fined the Russian Federation for racism


World Cup hosts Russian Federation have been fined 30,000 Swiss francs for discriminatory chants by fans, FIFA said on Tuesday, after racist abuse was directed at French players during a friendly in St Petersburg in March.

Kick It Out said it had "little confidence that Federation Internationale de Football Association can effectively deal with potential incidents of racism during this summer's World Cup and protect those black players, staff and supporters who will be in attendance".

An investigation into the incident, where black French players such as Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba and FC Barcelona's Ousmane Dembele were subjected to monkey taunts, found the RFU had breached the FIFA Disciplinary Code.

Saint Petersburg is one of the venues due to stage matches at the tournament, which begins on June 14 and concludes on July 15.

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World football's ruling body said it recognised the gravity of the incident but added that only a limited number of fans were involved. "FIFA calls on all fans to come to the stadiums in a spirit of unity, peace and friendship".

In March, Nigerian referees were also omitted from the list of 36 referees and 63 assistant referees selected for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russian Federation. If the trouble continues, the referee can halt the match and ask for another warning and, if it still carries on, the game can be abandoned.

On May 31, two weeks before the World Cup opens, UEFA will judge a charge of racist chanting by Zenit fans during a game against Leipzig.