Fifa president Gianni Infantino has urged football bodies, leagues and clubs to “apply harsh sanctions” and a “zero-tolerance approach” to racism.

“Racism has no place in football,” said Infantino. “In recent days, it has been very sad to see a number of racist incidents in football. This is really not acceptable.”

Infantino urged all football bodies to adopt the so-called “three-step procedure”, which allows referees to stop, suspend or abandon games because of racist chanting.

The procedure is already in use in Britain, and in all Fifa and Uefa competitions.

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The statement from Infantino continued: “Fifa stands together with Prince Gouano, Kalidou Koulibaly, Raheem Sterling and Danny Rose, as well as any other player, coach, fan or participant in a football match who has suffered from racism, whether at the highest professional level or in a school playground.

“Racism needs to end. Full stop.”

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