FIFA has agreed to new rules which include an automatic ten-game ban for racism . The world soccer body’s new Disciplinary Code, which will come into force on Monday, outlines a series of measures that must be followed for cases under FIFA jurisdiction.
It sets the new standard penalty for players guilty of racism or any other comments or gestures that “offend the dignity or integrity” including homophobia.
This was disclosed in a statement issued by FIFA on Thursday.
“Topics like racism and discrimination have been updated, putting FIFA at the forefront of the fight against this appalling attack on the fundamental human rights of individuals.
“FIFA will not let down victims of racist abuse. They may be invited by the respective judicial bodies to make an oral or written victim impact statement.
“For a first offence, playing a match with a limited number of spectators and a fine of at least 20,000 Swiss francs ($20,000) shall be imposed on the association or club concerned,’ FIFA said.