World Cup hosts Russia have been charged with racism after fans chanted against French players during a friendly in St Petersburg last month. After collecting evidence of the abuse, FIFA says ”disciplinary proceedings have been opened against the Russian Football Union for this incident.”
Russia was previously charged with racist behaviour by its fans at the last two European Championships. On both occasions, the RFU paid a fine. It is the third time this season the St Petersburg Stadium, which will host the World Cup semi-final, is recording a racism case.
The country has pledged to curb racism before the World Cup which will run from June 14 to July 15, 2018.