World Cup host Russia may be in a bad position as they are presently being investigated by FIFA after their fans were accused of chanting monkey serenades towards black French players, including Manchester United‘s Paul Pogba and Barcelona‘s Ousmane Dembele.
Russia has had a few controversies in sports over the past year, and with under three months to the start of the World Cup, they are currently being investigated over what could end up being another controversy.
FIFA are gathering reports and reaching Football Against Racism in Europe (FARE) after Paul Pogba and Barcelona’s Ousmane Dembele were racially abused at the Krestovsky Stadium.
The Krestovsky Stadium will host seven World Cup games this summer, including a semi-final, and French Minister for Sports Laura Flessel is among the individuals who have called for action.
“Racism has no place on football pitches,’ said Flessel on Wednesday.
‘We should act together at a European and international level in order to stop this intolerable behavior.”
A spokesperson for world football’s governing body confirmed:
“FIFA is collecting the different match reports and potential evidence in regards to the discriminatory incident reported in the media, including the one from the FARE observer who was present at the game. Please understand, until we have evaluated all information available, we cannot comment further.”
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