FIFA To Probe Into Racist Chants At Russia-France Friendly Match

The second incident came during last month's game against RB Leipzig when chants mocking an injured black player were heard.

Federation Internationale de Football Association charged World Cup host Russia with fan racism on Tuesday, less than two months before the tournament begins.

Federation Internationale de Football Association had been collecting match reports and evidence pertaining to alleged monkey chants in France's 3-1 win over Russia in St Petersburg last month.

Russian Deputy Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich, who is overseeing World Cup preparations, told state news agencies on Tuesday that Russia was cracking down on racist fans.

Federation Internationale de Football Association says all World Cup match tickets should be sold to fans directly and exclusively through its website and that no other websites or parties have any rights to legitimately sell tickets for the tournament. "If these people's guilt is proven, then there's a high likelihood they won't be allowed to attend World Cup and Russian league games".

The venue will stage a World Cup semi-final on July 10, as well as group matches including Russian Federation v Egypt, Brazil v Costa Rica and Nigeria v Argentina.

UEFA opened disciplinary proceedings against Zenit - whose Krestovsky Stadium hosted the global fixture - in March after racist chants were allegedly heard during a Europa League last-16 tie against RB Leipzig.

Last year, Spartak Moscow and rivals Dynamo Moscow were both fined by the RFU for racist behaviour from their fans.

The final phase of ticket sales for the World Cup will start on Wednesday, April 18.

Russian Federation was previously charged with racist behavior by its fans at the last two European Championships. Unfortunately, World Cup tickets were, due to a technical error, viewable (but not purchasable) on our United Kingdom site for a limited period, but this was promptly fixed."Ticombo says: "Neither we nor consumers are in anyway whatsoever in violation with any legislation by trading tickets".