Fifa dismisses action over alleged racist chanting from England fans

No action will be taken against songs about Rio and Anton Ferdinand in March's World Cup qualifying match against San Marino, though Fare calls for "preventative measures"
Fifa has announced that it will not take disciplinary measures against the Football Association over alleged racist chants directed Rio Ferdinand and his brother, Anton Ferdinand, during England's World Cup qualifier against San Marino in March.

The Manchester United defender came in for widespread criticism after pulling out of the national squad shortly before the clash and incurred the wrath of England supporters during the match itself, with chants calling for him and his brother to be burnt on a bonfire allegedly heard amongst the travelling support.

That Anton - who was involved in a protracted racism spat with former Three Lions captain John Terry last season - was also a target of abuse raised suspicions over the potentially racist nature of the chanting but Fifa has decided that the lack of concrete evidence is enough to keep the FA out of the official firing line.

'We can confirm that, in the case of alleged racist chanting during the recent World Cup qualifier San Marino v England, it has been decided not to open disciplinary proceedings due to the lack of concluding evidence," the governing body said in a statement.

But despite escaping official censure, the FA has been urged by Fifa's anti-racism body, Fare, to enforce "preventative measures" to prevent any such event in the future.

"The FA's attention was however drawn on the pertinent provisions of the Fifa regulations and they were requested to display prudence and adopt appropriate preventive measures in order to avoid that incidents of such nature do occur in the future," the statement added.