England face 2018 World Cup ban for fans' anti-IRA chant
Fifa's new anti-discrimination monitoring system can dish out sanctions that range from a £20,000 fine all the way up to disqualification from a competition
Powar said: “ 'No Surrender To The IRA’ comes from a point which is extreme nationalism. It’s about conflict between two states. That then would be reported. We would be making reports as often as our experts feel there is a case to answer. Then it’s down to Fifa.”
Powar said repeat offenders would face the most severe sanctions. “Some of the countries in this competition are going to commit three or four offences. That would mean they will have at least a stadium closure and possibly face being kicked out of the competition. We wouldn’t be doing this if we weren’t confident Fifa had the intention at least to take action on the evidence we provide to them.”
Fifa developed its new monitoring system after being condemned over its failure to punish clear incidents of discrimination at the World Cup last year, something it vowed yesterday would not be repeated.
Yaya Touré welcomed Fifa's new anti-discrimination initiative
The initiative was welcomed by the Manchester City midfielder Yaya Touré, who warned in 2013 that African players could boycott the tournament in Russia after he was racially abused playing there against CSKA Moscow in the Champions League.
• Yaya Toure insists racist abuse can 'break' players
Touré, who sidestepped questions about whether he still held that view, said: “I have been in the situation where there have been monkey chants and it’s difficult to deal with that. As sportsmen, you want to continue to the end, but when you hear something like that, it hurts you and breaks you. You need to give them [offenders] a radical sanction – paying a £20,000 fine is not enough, you need to do more.”
NWN: This site knows for a fact, that rather a lot of Army veterans will be very unhappy about this codswallop.