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Anti-Discrimination 'Task Force' Needed For 2018 World Cup In Russia

FIFA report into anti-gay chants at the World Cup

Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) has said that a special task force will be needed to deal with homophobia at the 2018 World Cup in Russia, reports DNA India.

Although FIFA President Sepp Blatter and Brazil’s President Dilma Rousseff had pledged to use this year’s World Cup as a platform against racism and discrimination, FIFA has awarded the 2018 World Cup to Russia despite the implementation of anti-gay laws in the country.

FIFA has also failed to properly address homophobic and racist chants at World Cup fixtures.

Speaking at FIFA’s daily media briefing, Jeffrey Webb, the organization's vice president and head of the Anti-Discrimination Task Force, said:

"It is obvious there is a disconnect between what we in the Task Force deem as racism and discrimination and what the Disciplinary Committee deems as racism and discrimination."

According to DNA India, a proposed Task Force that trained anti-discrimination officers was not accepted by FIFA. Another official said that although there was not enough time to train anti-discrimination officers for this year’s World Cup, training will start for future events.

Watch a report on the investigation of anti-gay chants by Mexico fans, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. FIFA is almost as appallingly corrupt and ugly a beast as Russia.

    Don't expect much 'progress' from either.

    Posted by: mike in nyc | Jul 8, 2014 1:40:21 PM

  2. Sports fans are certainly disappointed in FIFA.

    It's a shame that the organization is doing as poorly as the Olympics in this regard... At one time, we were expecting good morals from that organization, but they also let us down....

    Is it asking too much to expect a sizable minority to be treated without discrimination at these events?

    Posted by: TonyJazz | Jul 8, 2014 1:55:56 PM

  3. Yeah but what are they doing about their selection of Qatar as the 2022 hosts? Qatar has laws against homosexuality far worse than Russia's. But FIFA would rather take the bribes up front and worry about the nations' human rights records later.

    Posted by: Craig | Jul 8, 2014 2:01:08 PM

  4. FIFA is about money, Not rights. Matches are fixed, FIFA officals are paid off and no homos are going to upset their making money. It is a capitalist entity, not a progressive social club. If the LGBT community offers them enough I'm sure they'd be gay for pay.

    Posted by: Terry | Jul 8, 2014 7:46:13 PM

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