AP Source: FIFA Task Force Seeks 5-Game Racism Ban

May 24, 2013 - 10:35 AM

Racism Soccer

FILE - In this May 12, 2013, file photo AC Milan players Mario Balotelli, left, Kevin Prince Boateng (10) stand on the pitch during a stoppage in play in a Serie A soccer match between AC Milan and AS Roma, at Milan's San Siro Stadium. The game was stopped for almost two minutes because of racial abuse by Roma fans towards Balotelli and Boateng. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni, File)

LONDON (AP) — A person with knowledge of the situation says FIFA's new anti-racism task force will ask soccer's governing body next week to approve a mandatory five-match minimum ban for any player found guilty of racist abuse.

The anti-racism task force is to report to the FIFA Congress in Mauritius next week. The aim is for FIFA to introduce the mandatory ban in all 209 member nations.

The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss the sanctions ahead of the congress.

Jeffrey Webb, who heads the FIFA task force, would not confirm the exact minimum sanction being recommended.

FIFA's disciplinary code currently has a five-game minimum ban for racist abuse but it only applies for players in international competitions.