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FIFA observers to monitor racism at World Cup qualifiers

AP , Tuesday 12 May 2015
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Journalists look at a light installation showing the official logotype of the 2018 FIFA World Cup during its unveiling ceremony at the Bolshoi Theater building in Moscow, October 28, 2014 (Photo: Reuters)
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FIFA is to use observers to watch out for racist incidents at some qualifying matches for the 2018 World Cup and at the 2017 Confederations Cup in Russia.

It is the latest step by FIFA in the last two years to strengthen the fight against racism in world football.

The anti-discrimination Fare network will decide, based on a risk assessment, which qualifying matches require monitoring for racism.

FIFA president Sepp Blatter said last month in Moscow there is still a ''lot of work to be done'' to fight racism in Russia.

A recent report by Fare and another organization showed there had been more than 200 cases of discriminatory behavior linked to Russian football over two seasons.

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