FIFA President Gianni Infantino vowed today to crack down hard on racist incidents when Russia hosts the World Cup next year.

“This is a very high priority and we will make sure no incidents will happen,” Infantino said in a video statement.

“It is absolutely not tolerable and we will be very, very firm on that, so we can expect fair play in Russia.”

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.

“We expect fair play in Russia,” he said.

He was speaking ahead of Friday’s draw for the World Cup in the concert hall of the Kremlin.

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