7 May 2013

FIFA proposes officials to watch out for racisim

5:17 pm on 7 May 2013

Football's world governing body FIFA has proposed the introduction of extra officials in stadiums to watch out for incidents of racism.

A Fifa statement says the new officials "would identify potential acts of discrimination with the aim of easing the pressure on referees, they would also help gather evidence for disciplinary committees.

The inaugural meeting of FIFA's anti-racism task force also proposed that first or minor offences be punished with lighter sanctions such as playing a match behind closed doors, a warning or a fine.

Serious incidents and re-offenders would be hit with points deductions, expulsion from a competition or relegation.

The proposals will be put to FIFA's Congress in Mauritius at the end of the month.