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FIFA announces its anti-racism pledge and calls on all football associations to criminalize abuse

BANGKOK (AP) — FIFA will call on all 211 national associations to treat racist insults in soccer as disciplinary offenses.

Football’s world governing body is also proposing “a standard global gesture for players to communicate racist incidents” to referees – hands crossed at the wrist and raised in the air.

A five-pillar pledge to combat racism will be presented to FIFA member associations at their annual meeting in Bangkok on Friday.

FIFA President Gianni Infantino vowed months ago to make a global proposal and has consulted with Brazilian star Vinicius Junior, who is black and was repeatedly abused by fans in Spain while playing for Real Madrid.

FIFA also wants to set up a players’ panel to “monitor and advise on the implementation of these measures worldwide.”

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