World Cup Gianni Infantino BARI, ITALY – SEPTEMBER 02: FIFA President Gianni Infantino attends FIFA First “offline” VAR test press conference at Stadio San Nicola on September 2, 2016 in Bari, Italy. (Photo by Claudio Villa/Getty Images)

Good news, everyone. FIFA has concluded that there is no more racism in soccer.

Obviously, any objective person knows that thinking there is no racism in soccer is simply not true, but FIFA believes that’s the case. That’s why FIFA is disbanding their task force of racism even though the next World Cup will be in Russia, a country rampant with racism within its club teams.

According to the Associated Press, FIFA wrote to task force members saying that because the task force “completely fulfilled its temporary mission,” the task force “is hereby dissolved and no longer in operation.”

Try to be shocked, but it all seemed like FIFA only had this task force for show and hardly made any progress about getting racism out of soccer. Task force member Osasu Obayiuwana disagreed with the decision to disband saying, “I wish I could say that I am shocked by the decision, but unfortunately I am not.”

Disgraced former FIFA President Sepp Blatter created the task force in 2013 and put disgraced former FIFA Vice President Jeffrey Webb in charge. Both have since been banned from FIFA for corruption, while Webb has been indicted. After they were both gone, Congo FA President Constant Omari headed the task force, and Obayiuwana wasn’t too pleased about that.

“We never had a single meeting under his chairmanship,” Obayiuwana told the AP. “I wrote him, more than once, asking for when a meeting would be held. But I never received a reply from him.”

In less than two years, the FIFA World Cup will take place in Russia. Russia, a country that has had constant issues regarding racism at soccer matches among fans toward other fans as well as players. Russian fans were responsible for 92 incidents of discriminatory displays and chants in and around stadiums during the 2014-15 season, per the AP. Oh, also Russian fans, as well as fans of other nations, made complete fools of themselves throughout France during Euro 2016 this past summer. So, it sounds like the 2018 World Cup is going to be a good ol’ racist time thanks to FIFA.

[Associated Press]


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