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Ghana's Sulley Muntari helps to assist a man from the pitch after he ran on during the group G World Cup soccer match between Germany and Ghana at the Arena Castelao in Fortaleza, Brazil, Saturday, June 21, 2014. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)
FIFA probes blackface fan photos from Ghana match
First Published Jun 22 2014 11:40 am • Last Updated Jun 24 2014 04:37 pm

Rio de Janeiro • FIFA is investigating a possible racial discrimination case after photographs circulated of fans with blackface makeup at Germany’s match against Ghana.

Images posted on social media networks showed two men, appearing to be Germany fans, with blackened faces in the Fortaleza stadium on Saturday.

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FIFA said Sunday that its disciplinary committee is considering opening a case. It will also consider a report by the FIFA match commissioner, Eggert Magnusson of Iceland.

"We do not respect any discriminatory messages." FIFA spokeswoman Delia Fischer said.

FIFA holds national football federations responsible for their fans’ behavior inside stadiums.

In a second incident, a man ran onto the pitch in the second half of the 2-2 draw.

The shirtless fan had an email address and telephone number written on his back. He was ushered away by Ghana midfielder Sulley Muntari before being detained by stewards.

Brazil’s organizing committee spokesman Saint-Clair Milesi said the man was reportedly from Poland.

"He came running, charged and jumped over the stewards," Milesi said. "Such behavior is totally unacceptable. He was taken to the local authorities for the proper measures."




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