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FIFA to act on 'anti-IRA' chants by England fans

England fans in the stands during the FIFA World Cup, semi final match at the Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow on Wednesday night. Picture by Tim Goode/PA


FIFA has launched disciplinary proceedings after English football fans were allegedly heard chanting an anti-IRA song during their World Cup semi-final match.

A section of the crowd were apparently heard chanting songs, such as 'No Surrender' in the stands during the clash with Croatia in Moscow on Wednesday night.

Football's world governing body confirmed it has begun disciplinary proceedings against the Football Association (FA) after reports of "possible discriminatory" chants by fans during the defeat at the Luzhinky Stadium.

"We can confirm that a report has been filed through the anti-discrimination monitoring system in relation to chants of a possible discriminatory nature by English fans at yesterday's match," a statement read.

"Subsequently, disciplinary proceedings have been opened against the Football Association. Further updates will be communicated in due course."

No Surrender is an anti-IRA song which is frequently sung by England fans at matches. It is unclear whether its lyrics would breach FIFA's rules on discrimination.

FIFA has employed teams of specialist observers at all World Cup matches to detect possible racist and homophobic chanting and banners at matches.

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