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FIFA to step up anti-racism efforts for World Cup

The football body wants to “showcase FIFA’s zero-tolerance policy against any form of discrimination”

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FIFA has committed to better monitor racism incidents at World Cup matches after criticism of its lackluster efforts in Brazil.

FIFA says it will help train and appoint anti-discrimination officers to work at qualifying matches for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

The task force met Tuesday, chaired by FIFA vice president Jeffrey Webb, who spoke out in Brazil against failures to gather evidence and prosecute disciplinary cases.

Webb also pointed in July to challenges in tackling longstanding racism problems in Russian football.

FIFA’s statement Tuesday acknowledged the importance of using the next World Cup to “showcase FIFA’s zero-tolerance policy against any form of discrimination.”

FIFA also pledges to guide its 209 member federations toward “best practice on policy, education, sanctions and cooperation with civil society partners.”