A new rule by the world football governing body FIFA states that players will be invited to disciplinary hearings to make victim statements.
The new FIFA disciplinary code which takes effect next week is centred around discrimination allegations.
A statement issued on Thursday reads:
“Topics like racism and discrimination have been updated, putting FIFA at the forefront of the fight against this appalling attack on the fundamental human rights of individuals”.
The minimum ban for erring players or officials which used to be fine games has now risen to 10 games. Victims can also present their case before FIFA panel judges.
‘FIFA will not let down victims of racist abuse,’ FIFA said, adding they ‘may be invited by the respective judicial body to make an oral or written victim impact statement.’
‘For a first offence, playing a match with a limited number of spectators and a fine of at least 20,000 Swiss francs ($20,000) shall be imposed on the association or club concerned,’ FIFA said.