After ‘absolutely reprehensible’ instances, Fifa President Gianni Infantino wants stronger action against racism

Gianni Infantino, the president of FIFA, has advocated for the automatic forfeiture of games for clubs whose supporters engage in discriminatory mistreatment. It comes after what he called “totally abhorrent” actions at Sheffield Wednesday and Udinese on Saturday. The victory over AC Milan at Udinese was momentarily halted due to purported racist taunts directed at Milan goalie Mike Maignan by the home crowd. Kasey Palmer of Coventry alleged that he experienced similar mistreatment at Hillsborough.

“Victims of racism and other forms of prejudice get the full support of FIFA and the football community. Forever and ever: No racism! I oppose prejudice in every form! “The things that happened on Saturday in Udine and Sheffield are utterly disgusting and reprehensible. I wholeheartedly support the players impacted by what happened on Saturday. After France international goalkeeper Maignan reported hearing “monkey noises” emanating from a portion of the Stadio Friuli crowd, AC Milan’s players left the field. After the players eventually came back, Milan won 3-2.

“This is something that shouldn’t happen in the world of football, but it has been happening for a long time,” the 28-year-old said to Milan TV. “Something needs to be done to improve things, especially with all the cameras around and the penalties for these actions. Serie A declared that it “condemns all forms of racism,” while France forward Kylian Mbappe added, “enough is enough.” Milan and city rivals Inter have also openly backed Maignan. The “solidarity” in the Milan team was praised by former England and Arsenal striker Ian Wright, who also called for harsher punishments and advised teams to “keep walking off” when they hear insults.

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