As Chairman of the FIFA Anti-Racism and Discrimination Task Force, I commend the landmark ruling by the disciplinary commission of the Superior Court of Sporting Justice in Brazil for banning football club Gremio from the Brazilian Cup over recent racist incidents against opposing team Santos.
This unanimous verdict is a courageous accomplishment for the world of football. By sending a clear message of zero tolerance across the globe, Brazil has asserted with a strong voice that racism and discrimination have no place in our sport.
I encourage the football family to follow this brave example to ensure the fulfillment of our commitment to eradicate inequality from our fields. Let’s pave the way for deep change within our society. Let’s embrace diversity.