FIFA Confed Cup: Referees Can Abandon Games
Referees given permission to abandon games as part of FIFA’s Confederations Cup anti-discrimination plans
FIFA has introduced a three-step plan designed to stop discrimination during matches at the Confederations Cup in Russia.
Referees are to be given special authority to halt or even abandon games in the event of discriminatory behaviour.
There will also be specially trained ‘match observers’ who will be on hand to monitor fans from both teams and send any relevant evidence to FIFA’s Disciplinary Committee for possible further action.
“For the first time in an official tournament, FIFA will use a three-step procedure in case of discriminatory incidents and also deploy anti-discrimination observers at all matches of the FIFA Confederations Cup 2017,” world football’s governing body said in a statement.