With only three months left before the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, two French national players have been targeted with racial abuse on the host’s turf. The French players are midfielder Paul Pogba and their young sensation Kylian Mbappe. ‘Monkey chants’ were reportedly hurled by the Russian fans as the hosts sucummbed to a 3-1 loss.
FIFA said on Wednesday in a statement that it was collecting evidence and would contact the Anti-discrimination Fare Network which helps World soccer’s governing body investigate racism cases. “FIFA is collecting the different match reports and potential evidence in regards to the discriminatory incident reported in the media,” FIFA said in a statement. “Until we have evaluated all information available, we cannot comment further.”
French Sports Minister Laura Flessel also called for action, “Racism has no place on the soccer field,” Flessel wrote on Twitter alongside a picture of the French team. “We should act together at a European and international level in order to stop this intolerable behavior.”
With the World Cup in less than 100 days this act of the fans should be highly condemned and the footballing World expects a strong action from FIFA.