FIFA President Gianni Infantino holds a news conference in Istanbul, Turkey, 23, 2017. REUTERS/Osman Orsal
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FIFA President Gianni Infantino vowed Monday to crack down hard on racist incidents when Russia hosts the World Cup next year.Infantino said the 2018 World Cup will be the first at which referees will be allowed to halt or even abandon matches should anything similar happen during matches.Russia's preparations for the tournament have also been marred by doping allegations that might see the country banned from the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in South Korea's Pyeongchang.Infantino also pushed ahead with his campaign to employ virtual assistance refereeing technology at the World Cup for the first time.
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