In an incredibly strange move, Fifa has disbanded its anti-racism task force, declaring that their work is complete. This act comes as a surprise given the corners surrounding the next World Cup in Russia.
Fifa has written to members of the task force to say that it has “completely fulfilled its temporary mission” and at this moment dissolved and no longer in operation.
The decision has apparently not been taken well by the members given racism remains a significant problem in football.
“I wish I could say that I am shocked by the decision, but unfortunately I am not,” task force member Osasu Obayiuwana said on Sunday. “The problem of racism in football remains a burning, very serious and topical one, which need continuous attention.
The task force was established in 2013 by then-Fifa President Sepp Blatter and headed by Jeffrey Webb. Webb was arrested last year as part of the U.S. government’s probe into corruption in world soccer. He was replaced by Constant Omari. According to Obayiuwana, a journalist, broadcaster and qualified lawyer, Omari never called any meetings of the task force.