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FIFA are proposing tougher punishments for racism which could even result in clubs being relegated.

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FIFA: Have introduced a new task force to combat racism

FIFA: Have introduced a new task force to combat racism

The world governing body's newly created task force held its first meeting at FIFA's Zurich headquarters and discussed stricter sanctions for racist acts, including point deductions, expulsion from a competition or relegation.

An official would be assigned to games to identify potential acts of discrimination as part of these proposals, which will be included in a draft resolution to be presented at the FIFA Congress in Mauritius at the end of May.

A FIFA statement outlining the proposals read: "Firstly, having an official at the stadium who would identify potential acts of discrimination with the aim of easing the pressure on referees and facilitating the availability of evidence, which is not always easy to obtain, for the disciplinary committees to take

decisions.

"Secondly, applying sanctions in two stages, with a list of applicable sanctions for a first or a minor offence, such as a warning, a fine, or the playing of a match behind closed doors, and a list of stronger sanctions for reoffenders or for serious incidents, such as point deductions, expulsion from a

competition, or relegation.

"Thirdly, emphasis on the responsibility of member associations and clubs for the actions of their players, officials and supporters, and on the need to implement the existing sanctions in a harmonised way across all confederations, member associations and leagues, with a proposal to request that clubs and member associations provide a concrete action plan showing their intention to fight any forms of racism and discrimination among their supporters."

The 12-strong task force includes England's top referee Howard Webb, Football Association chairman David Bernstein, AZ Alkmaar striker Jozy Altidore, UN human rights commissioner Navi Pillay, and Piara Powar, head of the European anti-discrimination body FARE.

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