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Fifa to look into 'racist' chants aimed at Pogba & Dembele

PICTURED: Paul Pogba

FIFA IS looking into alleged racist abuse directed at France players during their 3-1 win over Russia, BBC Sport reports.

The world governing body said in a statement that it was "collecting the different match reports and potential evidence" of the discrimination.

The match took place at the Krestovsky Stadium in Saint Petersburg, a host venue at this summer's World Cup, where Manchester United's Paul Pogba and Barcelona's Ousmane Dembele are said to be among those subjected to taunts.

French Minister for Sport Laura Flessel said: "Racism has no place on the football pitch. We have to act in unison at a European and international level to put an end to these inadmissible actions."

According to BBC Sport, the issue was first reported by photographers from news agency AFP, who said they heard chants when players went to take corners.

This is the most recent report of racism in a number of incidents of discrimination linked to Russia.

However, Russian football's anti-discrimination chief Alexei Smertin has insisted that minorities will feel "safe and comfortable", and dismissed fears as "propaganda".

The hosts' team coach Stanislav Cherchesov added that "I do not think we have racism on a scale that needs to be fought" earlier this month.

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