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Posted on Jun 22, 2014

FIFA To Investigate After Fans Wear Blackface To Ghana World Cup Match

FIFA's disciplinary committee will investigate pictures of what appear to be German fans in "blackface" makeup during Saturday's World Cup match against Ghana.

FIFA has promised its disciplinary committee will investigate photos on social media that appear to be German fans wearing blackface and posing for pictures during Saturday's Germany versus Ghana match.

A FIFA spokesperson said any evidence of discrimination or racism would be considered by its disciplinary committee under FIFA's "zero tolerance rules."

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“We always take any evidence or submissions to our disciplinary committee. It is the disciplinary committee that will meet,” she said, The Guardian reports. “If they see any grounds they will open proceedings. Then it is up to the disciplinary commission to take the decision.”

FIFA's strict rules surrounding racism and discrimination are highlighted in the FIFA Disciplinary Code. Teams and/or fans found guilty can face punishment of "suspension or expulsion."

Article 3 of the FIFA Statutes reads:

Discrimination of any kind against a Country, private person or group of people on account of race, skin colour, ethnic, national or social origin, gender, language, religion, political opinion or any other opinion, wealth, birth or any other status, sexual orientation or any other reason is strictly prohibited and punishable by suspension or expulsion.