Fifa in zero-tolerance World Cup discrimination pledge

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Germany and France players display Fifa's anti-racism banner prior to their World Cup quarter-final in Rio de Janeiro

Fifa want the 2018 World Cup qualifying campaign to highlight a "zero-tolerance policy" against discrimination.

Football's governing body will appoint racism monitors for the qualifiers, which should begin in June 2015.

A pledge to create an action plan to train and appoint the monitors was made by Fifa's anti-discrimination taskforce at their meeting in Zurichexternal-link on Tuesday.

In addition, they will compile a handbook to "guide and assist" on handling anti-discrimination policies.

In the summer, Fifa was criticised by its own anti-discrimination chief, Jeffrey Webbexternal-link, for failing to take action against homophobic chanting and neo-Nazi banners being displayed at World Cup matches.

Webb chaired the latest meeting, which was attended by, among others, FA board member Heather Rabbatts and anti-racism campaigner Jason Roberts.

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