Just five weeks before the start of the World Cup, FIFA has given Russia a symbolic wrap over the knuckles by fining the Russian soccer federation CHF30,000 ($30,000) after fans racially abused French players during a recent game in St. Petersburg.
The FIFA Disciplinary Committee said the World Cup host nation should be punished "after analysing all the specific circumstances of the case, in particular the gravity of the incident".
Benjamin Mendy has said he is ready to go to Russian Federation with France for the World Cup after making a problem-free return to action for Manchester City.
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The stadium in Saint Petersburg will host seven World Cup games, including Russia's Group A game against Egypt and a semi-final match. "The persons attending the match should understand their personal responsibility".
He told Russia's RIA Novosti news agency that the "outrageous" show of "disrespect" involved only a few spectators and "we will do everything possible to prevent the repetition of such incidents in the future".
The Football Against Racism in Europe (FARE) anti-discrimination network reported 89 racist and far-right incidents at Russian games in the 2016-2017 season.
In February, chants mocking a black player were audible from sections of the Zenit crowd during a game with German club RB Leipzig.