FIFA president Infantino makes statement after vile racist abuse in Bulgaria

FIFA President Gianni Infantino has called for “new, stronger and more effective ways to eradicate racism in football” after the shameful scenes in Bulgaria.

Infantino has also asked for all competition organisers to enact regulations which envisage lifetime bans from stadiums for racists to crack down on a repeat performance.

“We will need the support of public authorities to help us identify and punish the culprits but we probably also need to think more broadly on what we can do to fix this.

“When we proposed the three-step procedure in 2009 when I was at UEFA, and then made the regulations even tougher a few years later.

“We could not have imagined that so shortly thereafter we would again be having to think of how to combat this obnoxious disease that seems to be getting even worse in some parts of the world.

“I call on all football governing bodies to join us and think together of new, stronger and more effective ways to eradicate racism in football.

“As a starting point, I suggest that all competition organisers enact regulations which envisage life bans from stadiums for those who are found guilty of racist behaviour at a football match.

“FIFA can then enforce such bans at a worldwide level.”