Published: Wed, April 18, 2018
Global | By Craig Ferguson

Federation Internationale de Football Association task force arrives to inspect 2026 candidate Morocco

Federation Internationale de Football Association task force arrives to inspect 2026 candidate Morocco

In February, chants mocking a black player were audible from sections of the Zenit crowd during a game with German club RB Leipzig.

South African officials involved in securing the 2010 World Cup will, no doubt, have some valuable tips on how the Moroccans should conduct their campaign before Federation Internationale de Football Association makes their fateful decision on 2026 during this year's World Cup in Russia - although they are unlikely to suggest a repeat of the controversial $10 million payment that was made through the aegis of the disgraced Jack Warner for the Central American Confederation that many claimed was a veiled bribe to secure votes.

"Africa hosted the best Fifa World Cup ever and with good support, Morocco can emulate South Africa", the Safa President added.

Monkey chants were aimed at black French players, including Paul Pogba, during France's 3-1 friendly win over Russian Federation in St. Petersburg last month.

Russian Deputy Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich, who is overseeing World Cup preparations, told state news agencies on Tuesday that Russia was cracking down on racist fans. "But if that happens. there should be zero tolerance for these people".

Speaking about the most recent incident, the RFU's anti-discrimination inspector, Alexei Smertin, said he would be doing what he can to help out FIFA's inquest.

It's the third largest racism case in 2013 in St. Petersburg Stadium, that will host a World Cup semi final match. Petersburg has twice faced UEFA charges for racism by its fans in Europa League games.

Russian Federation was previously charged with racist behaviour by fans at the last two European Championships.

Last year, Spartak Moscow and rivals Dynamo Moscow were both fined by the RFU for racist behaviour from their fans.

StubHub said it does not allow the resale of World Cup tickets but, due to a technical error, some were viewable on the site - though it claims they could not be bought.

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