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England avoid action over alleged chants

ESPN staff
May 8, 2013
FIFA stated a lack of concluding evidence as reason not to open disciplinary proceedings © PA Photos

FIFA will not take disciplinary action against the Football Association for alleged racist chants from England fans regarding Rio and Anton Ferdinand during the match against San Marino in March.

The FA has, however, been warned to take "preventative measures'' after anti-discrimination body FARE reported the singing of an abusive song to FIFA following the World Cup qualifier.

In a statement, FIFA there would be no action due to a lack of evidence: "We can confirm that in the case of alleged racist chanting during the recent World Cup qualifier San Marino vs England, it has been decided not to open disciplinary proceedings due to the lack of concluding evidence.

"The FA's attention was however drawn on the pertinent provisions of the FIFA regulations and they were requested to display prudence and adopt appropriate preventive measures in order to avoid that incidents of such nature do occur in the future.''

Rio Ferdinand had incurred the anger of some England fans after pulling out of the international squad at short notice.

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