Teams could be relegated or expelled from competitions for serious incidents of racism after tough new powers were voted in by Fifa.
First or minor offences will result in either a warning, fine or order for a match to be played behind closed doors.
Serious or repeat offences can now be punished by a points deduction, expulsion or relegation.
Jeffrey Webb, head of Fifa's anti-racism task force, said the decision was "a defining moment". ...
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Kicking Back Comments: This of course is a good first step by FIFA. There are (2) concerns I have right out of the gate. One immediate, one short term.
My immediate concern is not everyone voted for these measures. I would be interested to know why not. While I am interested in whom, I recognize that secret ballots are needed to quell the chilling effect voting publicly on such topics would have.
My short term concern is when this all starts. As I wrote yesterday, there was an incident involving the WNT in Canada ... and documented evidence via Twitter, and likely the referee of racism.
Why not start right now.
I will see when FIFA decides to jump in, as in my head they are already critically late to doing anything except complaining about something they should be working to stop.