Lord Herman Ouseley statement on FIFA fine for racist chanting issued to Russian Football Union
Following the announcement by FIFA that they have issued a £22,000 fine to the Russian Football Union for racist abuse by their supporters directed at black players from the French Men’s national team in March 2018, Lord Herman Ouseley, Chair of Kick It Out has issued a statement.
The statement reads: “Kick It Out is deeply disappointed at the decision by FIFA to fine the Russian Football Union just £22,000 after their supporters were found guilty of racist chanting towards black members of France’s squad in a friendly last month.
“Kick It Out firmly believes that the Disciplinary Code is simply not fit for purpose if racist chanting can result in such a pitiful fine, particularly when this is the latest in a long line of incidents of racism involving Russian football clubs or supporters.
“In recent statements, Kick It Out has argued that the people who racially abuse black players continue to receive little or no discouragement by national and international football authorities.
“Today, the organisation reiterates its belief that the lack of effective action from FIFA against the issue of racism in Russian football will likely result in the further abuse of black players in matches involving the country.
“Ultimately, with this outcome, Kick It Out has little confidence that FIFA can effectively deal with potential incidents of racism during this summer’s World Cup and protect those black players, staff and supporters who will be in attendance.”