Zambia reports Venezuela to FIFA over racist comments
The Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) has sent a report to world governing body FIFA after alleged racist remarks were made by Venezuelan players before and during their under-17 women’s World Cup match in Costa Rica last Tuesday (18 March).
Zambian players complained that they were subjected to racist comments made by Venezuelan players during their Group A clash last week, which Venezuela won 4-0.
In a statement posted on the FAZ website, the Zambian governing body expressed disappointment and dismay regarding the incident and that it has since reported the matter to FIFA`s disciplinary committee.
Delegation leader, Lenny Nkhuwa, stated that the Zambian team were subjected to monkey chants and racism taunts by Venezuela players at a hotel where they were lodged and that the racism continued at the stadium despite Zambian officials bringing the matter to the attention of FIFA officials.
“We are hoping that FIFA, in accordance with its laws that were passed at the Mauritius 2013 Congress, that clearly discredits Venezuelan`s behaviour, will denounce this kind of conduct and make public declaration of such finding in order to curtail racism prejudice by any team.”
The Zambian football authorities have also asked FIFA to initiate disciplinary action under its own rules against specific Venezuela players that were at the forefront of the racist remarks.
From Zee News