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FIFA to investigate pictures of ‘blacked-up’ German fans

The Football organization said it would take any evidence or submissions to their disciplinary committee

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FIFA vowed Monday to investigate pictures of what seemed to be German fans with blacked-up faces during the Ghana-Germany World Cup game last week, according to the British daily newspaper The Mirror.

The Football organization said it would take any evidence or submissions to their disciplinary committee: “If they see any grounds they will open proceedings. Then it is up to the disciplinary commission to take the decision.”

The pictures, which were posted on social media, show fans with blacked up faces wearing dark sunglasses, standing arm in arm, wearing white T-shirts with "Ghana" crudely written on the front.

During the game, which took place on Saturday, a German supporter with pro-Nazi messages written on his body invaded the pitch before being led away by the Ghana midfielder Sulley Muntari.

This isn’t the first time in this summer’s World Cup that discrimination has been an issue. Last week, several neo-Nazi banners were seen during games involving Russia and Croatia.

In the FIFA Disciplinary Code, any Teams and/or fans found guilty can face punishment of “suspension or expulsion.”