During his speech at the UEFA Congress on Thursday, FIFA President Gianni Infantino reaffirmed his plea for measures to address the rise in racist events in sport.
While Kasey Palmer of Coventry City claimed he was the victim of racial taunts from certain Sheffield Wednesday supporters, France’s custodian Mike Maignan of AC Milan fled the ground during a match against Udinese last month in response to discriminatory chanting from the home crowd.
Infantino called the actions “totally abhorrent” at the time and said that clubs should automatically lose if their supporters behaved in a racist manner.
“We live in a divided world, we say that football unites the world, but our world is divided, our world is aggressive, and in the last few weeks and months we have witnessed, unfortunately, a lot of racist incidents,” he said on Thursday.
“This is not acceptable anymore and we have to do whatever we can to stop this.”
Football has certain mechanisms in place, like the three-step process that allows the referee to pause a game twice before abandoning it, as well as disciplinary actions and teaching, but Infantino reiterated that these are insufficient.
“What I suggest in addition to all this is that we work all together in the next three months before the FIFA Congress in May in Bangkok,” Infantino said.
“And at the Congress we come all together with a strong resolution, united, all 211 countries of FIFA, for the fight against racism.
“Let’s stop racism, let’s stop it now, let’s do it all together in a united way.”