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FIFA fined Russia following racist chant vs France

FIFA have confirmed they have fined the Russian Football Union £22,000 for racist chants by fans in March’s friendly with France.

Russia has pledged to crack down on racism as the country faces increased scrutiny ahead of this year’s World Cup, which it will host from June 14 to July 15 in 11 cities including Moscow, St Petersburg and Sochi.

Paul Pogba, Ousmane Dembele and N’Golo Kante were said to be among those subjected to taunts in France’s 3-1 win over the World Cup hosts.

The game was played at Krestovsky Stadium in St Petersburg, one of the host venues for this summer’s event.

“Fifa has a zero-tolerance approach to discrimination,” said a statement by the world governing body.

“Following a thorough investigation including the review of video evidence, after analysing all the specific circumstances of the case, in particular the gravity of the incident but also the limited number of fans involved, (Fifa has) decided that the Russian Football Union was liable for a breach of article 58.”

The World Cup is set to get under way on Thursday, June 14, when Russia will face Saudi Arabia.

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