FIFA has disbanded its Anti-Racism Task Force, declaring the work is complete despite ongoing concerns about discriminatory behavior at matches in 2018 World Cup host Russia.
FIFA had come under criticism for disbanding its Anti-Racism task force, a decision which emerged on Friday when a Nigerian broadcaster, lawyer and member of the panel, published a letter on twitter which he received from FIFA saying the task force was “dissolved and no longer in operation.”
FIFA’s secretary-general, Fatma Samba Diouf Samoura spoke at the Soccerex Global Convention in Manchester, London says FIFA was strongly embracing diversity and her appointment was a sign of this in itself.
“Well I think first and foremost my presence at the highest level of the FIFA administration is a strong signal to the world that FIFA is really embracing diversity. The fact that also we have been working very closely with football legends to really promote and be our advocates when it comes to diversity, integrity, but also fighting against racism, xenophobia, are another sign we would like really this global game to be the number one example.”
The task force was established in 2013 by then FIFA President Sepp Blatter and headed by Cayman’s Jeffrey Webb, Vice President of FIFA until he was arrested in 2015 as part of the massive corruption case. Webb was replaced as task force chairman by Congolese Federation President Constant Omari, he told an international news outlet we never had a single meeting under Webb’s chairmanship. Adding I wrote to him, more than once, asking for when a meeting would be held, but I never received a reply.