CONMEBOL, the South American confederation, has increased fines against clubs and fans involved in racist incidents during its matches, without providing further information. Any player or official found guilty of discrimination would be banned for a minimum of five games or two months, according to the confederation.
The sanctions apply to discrimination on grounds of skin colour, race, sexual orientation, gender, ethnicity, language, or creed, CONMEBOL said in a statement.
Any club whose fans are found to have engaged in discriminatory behaviour would face a minimum fine of $100,000, more than three times the previous minimum, and may be forced to play games behind closed doors.
The decision was taken “due to the worrying increase in the number of infractions committed by fans that involve discrimination, specifically racism,” it said.
Brazilians playing against teams from Argentina, Chile and Ecuador were targeted, prompting the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) to call for an “international crusade” against racism and discrimination.
It comes in the wake of several incidents in April, mostly involving racist gestures aimed at Brazilian players in the Copa Libertadores, South American’s equivalent of the Champions League, or the Copa Sudamericana, the region’s version of the Europa League.
It invited clubs, law enforcement, media, and judicial authorities to meet with FIFA and the CBF in June to discuss what form the campaign might take.
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