FIFA has confirmed that it issued Football Federation Australia with a warning after reports that four Australian fans were allegedly singing homophobic songs at the World Cup.
FIFA confirmed to media outlets it had indeed issued the warning but the FFA released a statement saying they had not been made aware of the alleged incident.
FIFA has confirmed that it issued Football Federation Australia with a warning after reports that four Australian fans were allegedly singing homophobic songs at the World Cup
FIFA released an official statement confirming the warning was indeed issued.
‘We can confirm that FIFA’s Disciplinary Committee issued a warning to the Australian Football Federation related to a very small group of fans (4) singing a homophobic chant during the 2018 FIFA World Cup match between France and Australia,’ the statement read.
The governing body said it looked over all available pieces of evidence and took into account all factors surrounding the alleged incident.
The FFA released a statement soon after the infringement warning was made public.
The incident allegedly happened during the Australia and France game early in the tournament
‘Assuming the reports are correct, FFA does not condone homophobia or any antisocial behaviour. It is also important to note that reports indicate this was four people who were allegedly doing something unacceptable, there were more than six thousand Australian fans in the stadium,’ the statement read.
The revelation comes after it was made public that the Mexican football association also had infringement warnings issued after ‘a large number of fans’ were allegedly heard singing homophobic songs.
They were fined US$10,000.
FIFA said it did not make the Australian fans’ infringement public right away because they considered it a ‘low level incident’ that only involved 4 out of 6,000 Australian fans in the stadium that day.
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