CONCACAF Introduces Anti-Racism Protocol

Players hold one of FIFA’s anti-racism banners before a Confederations Cup match last year. (Getty Images)

Any racist or discriminatory behavior by fans at CONCACAF tournament matches will be dealt with under the body’s new protocol.

Under the three phases of the protocol, referees can stop the game and order an announcement for a first offense and suspend the game five to ten minutes and send teams off while a second announcement is made if the behavior persists.

As a last resort, the referee can declare the match abandoned if the conduct persists.

“Even though the history of CONCACAF shows a great track record when it comes to diversity on the field,” said CONCACAF president Jeffrey Webb in a release, “the confederation is committed to creating standards to continue promoting good practice across the region.”

Training will be provided to integrity officers, match commissioners, and referees to assist in monitoring for such offenses during certain matches that are deemed to be “high-risk.”

World Cup Officials

FIFA’s Referees Committee has appointed 25 referee trios and eight support duos to work this year’s World Cup in Brazil.

The referees were chosen from an initial group of 52 trios, which was selected in September of 2011. Those selected to travel to Brazil were chosen based on their personality and ability to read the game.

The referees in the final group represent 43 different countries. They will participate in three seminars between now and the World Cup and be under close monitoring during this period.

Indian Broadcast Rights

Sony SIX was awarded the broadcast rights for upcoming FIFA events in India.

“Considering the rise of youth interest in the sport, football fans in India can look forward to the best International football experience on SIX,” N.P. Singh, CEO of MSM India, said in a statement.

The package includes the 2014 and 2018 World Cups in Brazil and Russia respectively, the 2017 Confederations Cup in Russia, and the 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup hosted by India.

“India already has a great passion for football and, with the support of Sony SIX, FIFA looks forward to inspiring more fans of football and young players in India for the years ahead,” Niclas Ericson, FIFA director of TV, said in a statement.

CONCACAF President Honored

CONCACAF president Jeffrey Webb was recognized by the United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS for his social advocacy work.

UNAIDS gave Webb the 2013 Protect the Goal Special Award for the Diaspora during the 4th Pan-African Youth Leadership Summit.

“CONCACAF feels privileged to partner with the United Nations in the framework of our social responsibility initiatives, to reach out to millions of young people with prevention messages towards a healthier society,” Webb said in his acceptance speech.

Webb and CONCACAF signed a Memorandum of Understanding in April to carry out joint advocacy and communication activities in regional CONCACAF competitions. The two organizations operated under the “Protect the Goal” initiative.

“We felt we could use the power of our sport to reach out to youth with a message of awareness. Gold Cup 2013, our biggest tournament, conveyed UNAIDS’ message to 500,000 fans and more than 60 million viewers.”

By INSIDER’s Nick Devlin and Aaron Bauer

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