Fury at Russia’s £22,000 fine ahead of World Cup


FIFA’s ability to protect black players, staff and supporters from racism at World Cup called into question after Russia’s ‘pitiful’ £22,000 fine

  • FIFA fined Russia £22,000 after French players received abuse in a game
  • They fined the Russian Football Union after monkey chants were heard
  • It happened during France’s game against Russia in St Petersburg in March 

FIFA‘S ability to protect black players, staff and supporters from racism at this summer’s World Cup has been questioned after Russia were fined £22,000 for abuse aimed at French players.

World governing body FIFA handed the Russian Football Union the fine after monkey chants were directed towards Paul Pogba and other France stars during a friendly in St Petersburg in March.

Anti-discrimination body Kick It Out blasted the punishment as ‘pitiful’ and warned this will ‘likely’ lead to further racist abuse of black players in Russia at the tournament this summer.

FIFA'S ability to protect black players, staff and supporters from racism at this summer's World Cup has been questioned after Russia were fined £22,000 for abuse aimed at French players

FIFA’S ability to protect black players, staff and supporters from racism at this summer’s World Cup has been questioned after Russia were fined £22,000 for abuse aimed at French players

‘Kick It Out is deeply disappointed at the decision by FIFA to fine the Russian Football Union just £22,000,’ a statement from Lord Ouseley, the chairman of Kick It Out, read.

‘Kick It Out firmly believes that the [FIFA] Disciplinary Code is simply not fit for purpose if racist chanting can result in such a pitiful fine, particularly when this is the latest in a long line of incidents of racism involving Russian football clubs or supporters.

‘In recent statements, Kick It Out has argued that the people who racially abuse black players continue to receive little or no discouragement by national and international football authorities.

‘Today, the organisation reiterates its belief that the lack of effective action from FIFA against the issue of racism in Russian football will likely result in the further abuse of black players in matches involving the country.

‘Ultimately, with this outcome, Kick It Out has little confidence that FIFA can effectively deal with potential incidents of racism during this summer’s World Cup and protect those black players, staff and supporters who will be in attendance.’

Kylian Mbappe (centre) scored twice during the friendly in St Petersburg back in March

Kylian Mbappe (centre) scored twice during the friendly in St Petersburg back in March

Manchester United midfielder scored the third as France ran out eventual 3-1 winners

Manchester United midfielder scored the third as France ran out eventual 3-1 winners

Former England striker Gary Lineker also felt FIFA failed to send the right message. The Match of the Day presenter tweeted: ‘£22,000! England got a £35,000 fine for wearing poppies. Sort your priorities out FIFA.’

Also by comparison, the Football Association on Tuesday handed Leicester’s Marc Albrighton a £25,000 fine for his reaction to a red card against Crystal Palace.

France won the friendly 3-1 courtesy of two goals from Kylian Mbappe and a third…



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