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FIFA probes racist abuse at Russia

FIFA said on Wednesday it was probing racist abuse directed at French players by Russian fans during a pre-World Cup friendly between the countries.

A Reuters photographer at pitch level for France's 3-1 win on Tuesday night in St Petersburg heard monkey chants directed at French players on several occasions, including when N'Golo Kante came to the sideline for a throw-in.

The incident sparked calls to persevere in the fight against racism in soccer with less than three months before the World Cup.

French Sports Minister Laura Flessel-Colovic wrote on Twitter: "Racism does not have its place on soccer fields. We must act together at the European and international level to stop this intolerable behaviour."

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.








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