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FIFA’s anti-discrimination match observers attend over 30 2018 World Cup qualifiers

April 29, 2016, 18:18 UTC+3 MOSCOW
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MOSCOW, April 29. /TASS/. FIFA’s anti-discrimination match observers that identify and document instances of discrimination have attended over 30 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers, FIFA’s Head of Sustainability Federico Addiechi told TASS.

In May last year, FIFA and Football Against Racism in Europe (FARE) network launched a program of preparing observers tasked with monitoring incidents of discrimination and racism during FIFA World Cup qualifiers. This innovation is a key stage of implementation of the FIFA Anti-Discrimination Monitoring System.

"Indeed, we launched FIFA’s new anti-discrimination monitoring system supported by Fare network last May. All FIFA World Cup qualifiers up to date have been assessed in regards to risk for discriminatory incidences. So far, anti-discrimination match observers were sent to over 30 high risk matches," Addiechi said.

"This new system has improved the processes whereby FIFA can identify incidences of discrimination and obtain relevant evidence. This has led to several member associations being fined over the past months. The monitoring system will also be implemented at the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup and at the 2018 FIFA World Cup," he added.

The FIFA World Cup Sustainability Strategy was presented in Russia’s St. Petersburg last July in the framework of the Preliminary Draw.

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