Vinicius Jr. to lead FIFA’s new anti-racism committee

Vinicius Jr. to lead FIFA’s new anti-racism committee

FIFA President Gianni Infantino has confirmed Real Madrid’s Brazilian forward Vinicius Jr. will lead FIFA’s special anti-racism committee.

Infantino disclosed, on Thursday, that the committee will be made up of players who would help the football governing body to punishment suggestions to battle racism in the game after meeting Brazil players and Vinicius Jr. in Spain.

Vinicius Jr. was subjected to racism repeatedly in La Liga this season and the latest abuse targeted at him against Valencia on May 21 has drawn reactions from around the world, including Brazil’s legislatures who have passed a law to fight racism in football.

“There will be no more football with racism in it. The games should be stopped immediately when it happens. Enough is enough,” Infantino told Reuters.

“I asked Vinicius to lead this group of players that will present stricter punishments against racism that will later be implemented by all football authorities around the world.

“We need to hear the players and what they need to work in a safer environment. We are very serious about it.

“We need harder punishments. We can’t tolerate anymore racism in football. As president of FIFA, I feel I needed to talk personally with Vinicius about it.”

Brazil are currently in Spain for an international friendly game against Naby Keita’s Guinea on Saturday.

They will continue their European tour with a visit to Portugal where they face African champions, Senegal in another friendly match on June 20.

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