Real Madrid’s Vinicius Jr will head a special FIFA anti-racism committee consisting of players who will propose stricter punishments for discriminatory behavior in football, according to FIFA President Gianni Infantino in an interview with Reuters on Thursday.
In May, fans subjected the 22-year-old Brazilian forward Vinicius to racial abuse during a match between Madrid and Valencia.This incident was the 10th of its kind reported to prosecutors by LaLiga this season.
Infantino informed Reuters that aside from imposing disciplinary and competition-related penalties, FIFA will pursue legal action against perpetrators of racism in countries where such incidents occur during football matches.
Infantino stated, “There will be zero tolerance for racism in football. Games should be immediately halted when such incidents occur. Enough is enough.” He made these remarks after meeting with Vinicius and the Brazil national team, who are participating in an anti-racism campaign led by the Brazilian Football Association (CBF) and playing against Guinea in Barcelona on Saturday.
Punishments against racism
“I have asked Vinicius to lead this group of players who will propose stricter punishments against racism, and football authorities worldwide will subsequently implement them,” said Infantino.We need to listen to the players and address their requirements in order to create a safer environment.”We have a strong commitment to this cause,” Infantino declared.
“We will enforce unequivocal and stringent penalties to eradicate the problem of racism in football once and for all. We can no longer tolerate racism. As the president of FIFA, I felt it was necessary to personally discuss this matter with Vinicius.”
Following the abuse suffered by Vinicius in Valencia, LaLiga and the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) have faced mounting pressure to take more decisive action against racism. However, Infantino stressed the need for implementing comprehensive measures worldwide to combat discrimination in football. He urged political authorities and local prosecutors in every country to exhibit greater determination in addressing racism.