Following FIFA’s 209 Member Associations’ approval of the Anti-Racism and Discrimination resolutions during the 63rd Congress in 2013, implementation of CONCACAF’s campaign supports the goal of bringing universality to the mechanisms that combat racism and discrimination globally.
Competition organizers shall establish a concrete action plan, showing their intention to fight all forms of racism and discrimination among their players, officials and supporters.
Competition regulation shall foresee a specialized official to be in the stadium to identify potential acts of racism or discrimination with the aim of easing the pressure on referees and facilitating the availability of evidence for the judicial bodies to take decision.
The sanctions provided for in the FDC, which are mandatory for all member associations in accordance with the FDC, offer relevant judicial bodies the necessary discretion when deciding on specific cases of supporter misconduct. However, in order to harmonize the pronounced sanctions on a worldwide level, the sanctions imposed on a club or representative team shall in principle be issued in a two-stage approach:
- For a first or minor offence, the sanctions of a warning, a fine and/or the playing of a match behind closed doors shall be applied.
- For reoffenders or for serious incidents, sanctions such as point deductions, expulsion from a competition or relegation shall be applied.
Furthermore, any person (player, official, match official, etc.) who commits such an offence should be suspended for at least five matches combined with a stadium ban as foreseen in the FDC.
CONCACAF PROTOCOL FOR RACIST INCIDENTS DURING MATCHES
In December 2013, CONCACAF’s Executive Committee passed a comprehensive protocol for managing racist incidents during matches. The protocol, which is part of the Embrace Diversity campaign, outlines a three-stage method for dealing with any serious racist and/or discriminatory behavior in football stadiums, such as racist chants, insults, screams and banners.
CONCACAF CODE OF ETHICS AND CONDUCT
CODE OF ETHICS
“Art. 23 Non-discrimination and stance against racism Persons bound by this Code may not offend the dignity or integrity of a country, private person or group of people through contemptuous, discriminatory or denigratory words or actions on account of age, race, skin color, ethnic, national or social origin, gender, language, religion, political opinion or any other opinion, wealth, birth or any other status, sexual orientation, physical disability or any other reason.”
Every behavior which breaches this article can be sanctioned by the Ethics Committee.
CODE OF CONDUCT
“Core principles for behavior and conduct of the CONCACAF family as a member of the CONCACAF family, we shall at all times comply with the following principles: Insert link to PDF
3.2 Respect and dignity
We treat everyone with respect, and protect the personal dignity, privacy and personal rights of every person.
3.3 Zero tolerance of discrimination and harassment
We are committed to a diverse culture. There shall be no discrimination on account of age, race, skin color, ethnicity, national or social origin, gender, language, religion, political opinion or any other opinion, wealth, birth or any other status, sexual orientation, physical disability or any other reason, or engagement in any kind of verbal or physical harassment based on any of the aforementioned or any other criteria.
3.4 Fair play
We believe in the importance of fair play guiding us at all times in all our actions and decisions.”
INTEGRITY DECLARATION FORMS
Before every CONCACAF tournament, officials, players and referees must sign a declaration including regulations regarding zero tolerance of discrimination and harassment and a non-discrimination stance against racism.
CONCACAF is committed to advance its mission of developing, promoting and managing football with integrity, transparency and passion in order to inspire participation in the game.
The reporting mechanism provides channels for individuals to report confidentially and anonymously any issue related to racism and discrimination in the region. Individuals may report via phone or online. For more information, visit www.concacaf.ethicspoint.com.
The Confederation appointed a team of Diversity Officers to coordinate the monitoring of any racist or discriminatory behavior during matches as a component of its efforts to broaden its Embrace Diversity campaign.