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Germany fans spark FIFA probe after wearing black face and afro wigs
Fifa is investigating after photographs circulated of fans wearing black face makeup at Germany’s match against Ghana.
Photographs taken at the match showed two men, apparently Germany fans, with blackened faces in the Fortaleza stadium on Saturday.
Fifa said yesterday that its disciplinary committee is considering opening a case. It will also consider a report by the Fifa match commissioner, Eggert Magnusson of Iceland.
‘We do not respect any discriminatory messages,’ Fifa spokesperson Delia Fischer said.
‘We always take any evidence or submissions to our disciplinary committee. It is the disciplinary committee that will meet,’ a spokesman told The Guardian.
‘If they see any grounds they will open proceedings. Then it is up to the disciplinary commission to take the decision.’
FIFA holds national football federations responsible for their fans’ behaviour inside stadiums.
In a second incident, a man ran onto the pitch in the second half of the 2-2 draw.
The shirtless fan, who is reportedly from Poland had an email address and telephone number written on his back.
Ghana’s former Portsmouth and Sunderland midfielder Sully Muntari, who currently plays for AC Milan, embraced the pitch invader before being detained by stewards and removed from the field.
Brazil’s organising committee spokesman Saint-Clair Milesi said the man was detained by local authorities.
Germany has a tradition of blacking up, often for theatrical purposes, that despite its burgeoning ethnic minority population and the fact that it is now unthinkable in the UK and the U.S., still continues to this day.