FIFA is taking to the 2018 World Cup in Russia a three-step procedure to tackle incidences of discrimination; racism, islamaphobia, sexism, mysogyny etc as part of its pledge to cleanse the game of billions from discrimination.
It is a commendable initiative which ProBonoMatters will be watching closely with concern that FIFA seems to lack the determination that is required to action the three-step procedure.
When referees encounter discriminatory practices from fans during a match they are expected to take the following steps:
Referees will have the authority to pause the match and request a public announcement to insist that the discriminatory behaviour cease.
If the discriminatory behaviour persists the referees can sanction another warning announcement for the behaviour to stop. They can now suspend the match until the behaviour stops.
Finally, if the behaviour still persists, the referees can decide to abandon the match.
This three step procedure is complemented by a monitoring system made of anti-discrimination observers deployed by FIFA.
ProBonoMatters, a new media platform that serves public good, has launched a campaign to monitor and hold accountable FIFA, in its promise to fight against discrimination in and around the game of billions in the run up to the 2018 World Cup in Russia and beyond.