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Fifa disbands Russia 2018 anti-racism task force

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Fifa has disbanded its anti-racism task force this week after declaring that the job it was set up to do is done, despite ongoing concerns surrounding Russia, the hosts of the 2018 World Cup. 

According to the Guardian, Fifa has informed members of the force that it has completely fulfilled its temporary mission and is hereby dissolved and no longer in operation. 

The Fifa task force against racism and discrimination was created in 2013 by former president Sepp Blatter and led by Jeffrey Webb, who was vice-president of Fifa until 2015 when he was arrested as part of an American investigation into corruption in football.


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With ongoing issues surrounding racism and discrimination, particularly in Russia, there has been a lot of negative response from those on the task force, who feel that the job is far from finished.

Osasu Obayiuwana, a member of the team, told the Guardian: "I wish I could say that I am shocked by the decision, but unfortunately I am not.

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"The problem of racism in football remains a burning, very serious and topical one, which need continuous attention."

Over the past few years, there have been many high-profile incidents of racist abuse from the terraces to the players on the pitch in Russia.

In 2013, Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure was targeted by racist chants from CSKA Moscow fans during a Champions League tie, and during his time at Zenit St Petersburg, Hulk has received a torrent of racial abuse.

Toure, who was part of the task force disbanded this week, has been quoted by BBC Sport saying: "When I received the letter telling me the Fifa task force was to be discontinued I was very disappointed.

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"The letter listed the good work that had been carried out as a result of the taskforce's advice and recommendations.

"So my question is, after failing to deal with racism sufficiently for decades, why stop when something is beginning to work?"

With the Confederations Cup, the warm-up event to the World Cup just nine months away, Fifa will be hoping that the work the task force has done up to now has been sufficient, because if it isn't, they will have a major problem to deal with in the build up to the 2018 World Cup.   

Russia fans caused controversy this summer in France, with some of their fans being deported from the country due to violence.

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