Piara Powar on the fight against discrimination at the FIFA World Cup™ qualifiers
It is a big thing having a global monitoring system.
It’s a new thing. It’s the first time that it’s happened.
And so, for us, for the first time we know that every
World Cup qualifying match will be under scrutiny.
And if there is a risk of discrimination taking place
then we have a means of going along observing and
getting some notes from that match, some observations
from that match, into the FIFA disciplinary system
and then into a wider educational process.
We have to look at each continent individually.
We have to make an assessment of each match individually
and to be clear that we both are across all of the issues
but then at the same time, we're sending a consistent
message out, a consistent line.
It's not that we apply different standards to South America than we do to Europe.
Those universal standards must be applied across the world.
For us, the system in the end is a means of education.
It may be a harsh way to do that if you're a country
that has been sanctioned, but the idea is that we raise
issues; those issues are then brought into the domain of FIFA.
There perhaps is a sanction or some
educational messaging from FIFA. We're making people aware of some
of the problems that exist and how
they as a country, as a football association
can begin to deal with it.