FIFA’s Racism Task Force Readies for 1st Meeting
English referee Howard Webb, FA chairman David Bernstein and Milan midfielder Kevin-Prince Boateng are among the members of FIFA’s new Task Force Against Racism and Discrimination.
According to a Press Association report, U.S. striker Jozy Altidore, UN human rights commissioner Navi Pillay and European anti-discrimination expert Piara Powar are also included in the 12-member group created by FIFA President Sepp Blatter back in March but meeting for the first time Monday in Zurich.
FIFA Vice President and CONCACAF President Jeffrey Webb from the Cayman Islands is chairing the task force, which will present an update to the FIFA Congress in Mauritius on May 30-31.
“We have to work on two fronts,” Blatter said in a statement.
“First on education, and for that FIFA has a fantastic network through its 209 member associations. But besides that, we also need to have stronger sanctions. We have seen that fines achieve little, but point deductions and exclusion from competitions could be more effective measures. We will now have a task force with experts in this area who I am sure will help us achieve our objective of kicking discrimination and racism out of football”.
CAF Fines Egypt’s Al-Ahly
Egypt’s al-Ahly must pay the Confederation of African Football a $20,000 fine after its fans threw fireworks onto the pitch.
According to an Al Arabiya report, al-Ahly will also play four upcoming matches in the African Champions League without its fans as a result of the incident, which occurred en route to a 2-0 victory against Kenya’s Tusker earlier this month.
Notably, al-Ahly was the losing club in the Feb. 1, 2012 match that sparked the Port Said stadium riots, leaving 74 people dead and many more injured.
By INSIDER’s Matthew Grayson
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