New disciplinary code empowers referees to fight racism

The referees will be able to FIFA to end the match or to announce the defeat of the offending team

FIFA has stipulated heavier penalties for players and other officials involved in racist abuse, doubling the suspension period from five to ten games.

FIFA's new disciplinary code, which was made public this Thursday, will allow referees to suspend a football game for racist incidents, and may even terminate it and assign the offending team with a defeat.

After almost 15 years without major changes, the new FIFA code - developed after consultation of the six football confederations and other related entities - introduces significant changes in areas such as racism and discrimination that, according to the organization, position the entity led by Swiss Gianni Infantino "at the forefront of fighting this terrifying attack on fundamental human rights."

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