FIFA Under Fire For Decision to End Anti-Racism Task Force

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Yaya Toure worked with the anti-racism task force (Getty Images)
(WFI) Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure is joining in on the widespread criticism of FIFA’s decision to disband its anti-racism task force.

The four-time African player of the year says “It will be the fans and players that suffer if FIFA do not get this right.”

As a consultant to the task force, Toure received the letter from FIFA saying that the group had “completely fulfilled its temporary mission” and “is hereby dissolved and no longer in operation.”

“When I received the letter telling me the FIFA task force was to be discontinued I was very disappointed,” said Toure in a statement on his website. “The letter listed the good work that had been carried out as a result of the task force’s advice and recommendations. So my question is, after failing to deal with racism sufficiently for decades – why stop when something is beginning to work? Are FIFA being complacent ahead of a World Cup in Russia? This makes no sense.”

There are ongoing concerns about racism in Russia, which is hosting the World Cup in 2018.

Prince Ali of Jordan, a former FIFA presidential candidate, calls the decision “terribly worrying” and says it is par for the course for football’s governing body.

“The reality as with many programs within FIFA is that the task force was never given real support since its conception and its role was more about FIFA's image than actually tackling the issues. In fact the present task force committee has never even met! Now the idea that FIFA believes that it’s the right time to disband its anti-racism task force is ridiculous.”

FIFA secretary-general Fatma Samoura used the Soccerex Global Football Convention in Manchester, England on Monday as a platform to counter suggestions that the task force still had work to do.

"We can live with perception but we are taking very seriously our role as football's governing body to fight discrimination, it is well reflected in the statutes," said Samoura.

"It had a very specific mandate and they came up with very strong recommendations and FIFA is acting on them.”

By INSIDER Gerard Farek

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