FIFA May Punish English Football Team if Fans Shout Pro-Brexit Chants

England fans cheer after a match against Panama at Nizhny Novgorod Stadium, June 24, 2018. (Matthew Childs/Reuters)

The English Football Association may be fined by FIFA if their fans shout Brexit-related chants at an upcoming World Cup match against Belgium, the Telegraph confirmed Monday.

The Football Association, which oversees football at the national level in England, will be sanctioned if fans breach FIFA’s prohibition against “displaying insulting or political slogans in any form” or “uttering insulting words or sounds” during the Thursday World Cup match in Kaliningrad, Russia.

“Of course, there is a risk of some kind of punishment to the FA,” a FIFA official told the Telegraph when asked what would happen if fans shouted chants related to the U.K.’s departure from the European Union.

The Thursday match is the first between the U.K. and Belgium, which serves as the seat of power for the European Union, since the Brexit vote two years ago.

England fans chanted “F— off Europe, we’re all voting out” during the 2016 European Championships in Marseilles amidst a riot that nearly resulted in England’s ouster from the tournament.

While no Brexit-related chants have cropped up thus far, a video of English fans appearing to mimic Nazi salutes and sing anti-semitic songs resulted in one supporter being banned from all FIFA contests for five years.

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