World Cup 2018: FIFA To Investigate Claims Paul Pogba and Ousmane Dembele Were Racially Abused During France Friendly With Russia

Football ruling body, FIFA is looking into alleged racist abuse directed at France players during their 3-1 win over Russia.The world governing body said in a statement it was “collecting the different match reports and potential evidence” of the discrimination. Manchester United’s Paul Pogba and Barcelona’s Ousmane Dembele are said to be among those subjected to taunts.The match was played at the Krestovsky Stadium in Saint Petersburg, a host venue at this summer’s World Cup. French Minister for Sport Laura Flessel said: “Racism has no place on the football pitch. We have to act in unison at a European and international level to put an end to these inadmissible actions.”Russian football’s anti-discrimination chief Alexei Smertin has insisted that minorities will feel “safe and comfortable”, and dismissed fears as “propaganda”. The hosts’ team coach Stanislav Cherchesov added that “I do not think we have racism on a scale that needs to be fought” earlier this month. Fifa president Gianni Infantino says that officials can stop or even abandonmatches at the World Cup if racism occurs.Photo Credit: Getty

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