FIFA taskforce wants racism observers at matches

A special group set up by football's world governing body has met to discuss ways to end racial discrimination and abuse.
FIFA's Task Force Against Racism and Discrimination has outlined a proposal to install racism observers at football matches.

The game has come under scrutiny this season with several players, notably AC Milan's Kevin-Prince Boateng, becoming victims of racist abuse from supporters, with the Rossoneri midfielder walking from the field following one such episode in a friendly against Pro Patria. American forward Jozy Altidore was also subjected to racist taunts at a Dutch Cup match against FC Den Bosch.

FIFA's plan is to send an official to every stadium to identify acts of racism and discrimination in a bid to relieve some of the pressure on referees.

There would also be a two-stage application of sanctions, one for first time offenders (such as warnings, fines or a closed door match) and another for repeat offenders (such as points deductions, expulsion from a competition or relegation).

The newly assembled group, headed by CONCACAF president Jeffrey Webb, has been created in a bid to end discrimination in football and ensure individual member associations take responsibility for imposing sanctions.

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