FIFA say in their new Disciplinary Code updated on Thursday “Unless there are exceptional circumstances, if a match is abandoned by the referee because of racist and/or discriminatory conduct, the match shall be declared forfeited.”
The methods can be practical after the referee has applied the “three-step procedure” for such unpleasant events, which includes asking for a public announcement to call for any such behavior to stop, suspending the match until it stops, and lastly, ending the match overall.
The updated Disciplinary Code increase the range of what is considered bias conduct to anything related to “,religion , wealth , race, sexual orientation , gender, disability, political opinion, skin color, language, ethnic, national or social origin , birth or any other status or any other reason”.
The Disciplinary Code will be functional only to official FIFA competitions, including the finalists for the World Cup 2022.
Earlier this year, Montenegro were ordered by European governing body UEFA to play a home game behind closed doors as penalty for racist chants by supporters during a Euro 2020 finalist against England.