Anti-racism sanctions have been voted in at the annual FIFA Congress meeting in Mauritius, with 99% voting in favour of the new resolution.
204 voted in favour of the anti-racism sanctions, with one voting against – which has been described as a “mistake” by FIFA president Sepp Blatter – presented at the annual FIFA Congress by Jeffrey Webb, FIFA’s Anti-Racism & Discrimination Taskforce chairman.
Under the new rules to combat racism and discrimination, a first or minor offence will incur a warning, fine and/or playing a match behind closed doors.
Reoffenders or serious incidents, sanctions such as point deductions, expulsion from a competition or relegation will be applied.
In addition, any player, official or match official who commits a serious offence will be suspended for at least five games and will also be subject to a stadium ban.
FIFA follow The Football Association in imposing a minimum five-match ban, while UEFA announced they would impose a 10-match ban for racist abuse.