FIFA dish out £16,000 fine after young England player sips Red Bull instead of Powerade… crazy figure is just £6,000 less than Russia were billed following fans’ racial abuse in France friendly
- FA fined £16,000 after England youth player drinks non-sponsored energy drink
- Russia’s Football Union fined £22,000 after fans racially abuse black players
- FA reportedly planning to hit back at FIFA and challenge their stance on racism
The FA are said to be plotting a response nearly a year after receiving a £16,000 fine from FIFA based on one of England’s youth players being spotting with a non-sponsored drink.
FIFA’s bizarre action came last year after a picture emerged showing a can of Red Bull in the England dugout during the Under 20 World Cup in Korea. Powerade, part of the Coca Cola family, is FIFA’s official energy drink.
According to The Mirror, the FA are ‘very unhappy’ and are planning to hit back at FIFA to challenge football’s governing body over why a trivial branding issue can warrant a similar punishment to racist chanting by fans.
FIFA used advertising boards to ‘say no to racism’ at last year’s Confederations Cup in Russia
Russia’s Football Union were only fined £22,000 earlier this year after a group of their fans racially abused black players during a friendly game with France.
Monkey chants were directed at N’Golo Kante and some of his black team-mates as France recorded a 3-1 win in Saint Petersburg on March 27.
FIFA have stressed the importance of tackling racism hard and claim to have a ‘zero-tolerance approach to discrimination’.
But FIFA’s actions do not appear to back this up and there are fears this summer’s World Cup could be marred by racism in and around the 12 host venues in Russia.
The FA were fined £16,000 after a can of Red Bull was spotted in the England Under 20 dugout
Russia’s Football Union were fined £22,000 after France’s black players were racially abused