France's midfielder Paul Pogba reacts during an international friendly football match between Russia and France at the Saint Petersburg Stadium in Saint Petersburg on March 27, 2018. AFP / FRANCK FIFE
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World Cup hosts Russia have been fined 30,000 Swiss francs for discriminatory chants by fans, FIFA said Tuesday, after racist abuse was directed at French players during a friendly in St Petersburg in March.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.FIFA confirmed in its statement that it would use its three-step procedure at the World Cup in the case of racist incidents.
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