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Friday, 12 July 2019

FIFA Announces New Rule, Racists Will Now Get Automatic 10-game Ban

FIFA has announced a new rule which states that players will be invited to make victim statements at disciplinary hearings, MySportDab reports.

Stricter handling of discrimination allegations is a key theme of the redrafted FIFA disciplinary code which takes effect next week.

"Topics like racism and discrimination have been updated, putting FIFA at the forefront of the fight against this appalling attack on the fundamental human rights of individuals," soccer's world body said on Thursday in a statement.

The minimum ban for players or officials rises from five to 10 games, and victims can soon be heard in person by FIFA judging panels.

'FIFA will not let down victims of racist abuse,' FIFA said, adding they 'may be invited by the respective judicial body to make an oral or written victim impact statement.'

'For a first offence, playing a match with a limited number of spectators and a fine of at least 20,000 Swiss francs ($20,000) shall be imposed on the association or club concerned,' FIFA said.

In recent seasons, FIFA and European soccer body UEFA have closed cases of alleged racist abuse for lack of evidence beyond testimony of the players involved.

Overhauling its disciplinary rules, FIFA will also impose transfer bans on clubs which default on debts in cases processed in-house and at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).

FIFA is also preparing to open the doors of some judicial hearings, offer free legal counsel to parties, and publish more verdicts online.

'For the first time, certain types of disciplinary hearings -concerning doping and match-manipulation cases - will be open to the public if the parties request it,' FIFA said.

To modernize and improve its work, FIFA worked with soccer's leading discrimination monitoring group, London-based Fare.

The new code now includes specific language including sexual orientation as a discrimination issue, bringing it into line with FIFA's statutes applying to 211 member federations worldwide.

When players are subject to abuse by fans, FIFA already has an escalating three-stage process for referees to act, leading to games being abandoned.

It applies in all 2022 World Cup qualifying games which Fare observers will attend after assessing the risk of discrimination.

FIFA wants abandoned games forfeited as a 3-0 loss by the fans' team 'unless there are exceptional circumstances.'

Transfer bans - typically imposed for breaking rules to sign youth players - will be extended to cases of defaulting on debts to players, coaches or other clubs. Previously, clubs risked a deduction of league points.

A transfer ban has been shown to be the most effective instrument for this purpose,' said FIFA, which will lift a ban when debts are paid.


Currently, teams are deducted points in about 10 mostly low-key cases per year which are not publicized.

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