FIFA fine seven federations for discriminatory behaviour

FIFA have announced a series of sanctions on several football associations for the discriminatory and unsporting conduct of fans during 2018 FIFA World Cup™ qualifying and international friendly matches.

Six Latin American football associations were fined after match reports and additional evidence was sent to FIFA a result of the monitoring system implemented by Fare in the region.

The world football governing body ordered the Football Association of Chile to play two matches as a host team at the Estadio Nacional Julio Martínez Prádanos behind closed doors and to pay a CHF 30,000 fine, both sanctions relate to homophobic chants perpetrated by Chile fans.

The first suspension will be served at the next match of the 2018 FIFA World Cup™ qualifiers between Chile and Bolivia, whereas the implementation of the second is suspended subject to a probation period of two years.

In addition, the Football Association of Mexico was fined a total of CHF 35,000 for two incidents of discrimination while Honduras was fined CHF 40,000, El Salvador CHF 35,000, Paraguay CHF 20,000 and Peru CHF 15,000 for individual cases incidents of discriminatory and unsporting conduct by fans, including homophobic chants.

Earlier in January, FIFA fined Argentina, Mexico, Peru and Uruguay for their fans' homophobia.

FIFA have also ordered the Football Association of Croatia (HNS) to play its next two matches of the 2018 FIFA World Cup™ qualifiers behind closed doors and imposed a CHF 150,000 fine for two cases of discriminatory chants by fans, which occurred at the friendly matches of Croatia v Israel on 23 March 2016 and Hungary v Croatia on 26 March 2016.

Since the monitoring system was launched a total of 32 matches have been observed by Fare observers and 19 reports refereed to the FIFA Disciplinary Committee.

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