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Webb: FIFA needs more vigilance of discrimination

Published on NewsOK Modified: June 24, 2014 at 7:18 pm •  Published: June 24, 2014
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RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — FIFA's discrimination task force leader wants better prevention of "mocking and insulting" incidents at World Cup stadiums.

"We have to be more vigilant and more aggressive monitoring this situation," FIFA vice president Jeffrey Webb told The Associated Press in a telephone interview. "There is absolutely no reason why we should not."

FIFA said Tuesday that stadium stewards have been given "additional training" to deal with incidents.

Still, FIFA and local organizers' readiness to tackle issues in and around World Cup stadiums has been challenged.

After Germany fans were photographed wearing black face make-up at a match against Ghana, fans' monitoring group Fare questioned how they got so far it into the stadium.

Fare also reported similar incidents involving France and Belgium supporters, and far-right banners displayed by Croatia, Germany and Russia fans.

Webb said such acts were "making a mockery and disrespecting another human being."

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