Football governing body FIFA have vowed to investigate claims that fans wore black make up during a match between Germany and Ghana at the ongoing Brazil 2014 World cup.
A spokeswoman for FIFA said in a statement that the governing body had a zero tolerance to discrimination and that any evidence submitted which shows a clear case of such will be thoroughly investigated.
“We always take any evidence or submissions to our disciplinary committee. It is the disciplinary committee that will meet. If they see any grounds they will open proceedings. Then it is up to the disciplinary commission to take the decision,” she said.
Images circulating on social media after the match show German fans with painted black faces, wearing t shirts with ‘Ghana’ clearly inscribed on it.
The images have caused outrage from Ghanaian and African fans who demanded that FIFA take action to discipline such fans and prevent such incidences from marring the credibility of the game which has often come under scrutiny in the past for allowing racist chants during matches.
The FIFA spokeswoman added that “if something like a banner was spotted during a game, it will be removed”. She added that if anyone came forward with the said images, the football governing body’s disciplinary committee would definitely investigate it. She also reiterated FIFA’s ‘zero tolerance of any form of discrimination.”