World Cup discrimination to be tackled by FIFA

During the World Cup, FIFA is launching a comprehensive service to combat hate speech and discrimination online.

If players log onto their phones after matches, they will not see abusive messages.

All participants at the World Cup will have their social media accounts monitored by FIFA for public-facing abusive, discriminatory, and threatening comments.

Gianni Infantino, FIFA President, said the organization was committed to providing players with the right conditions.

FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 will launch a service to protect players from the damaging effects of social media posts on their mental health."

A moderation service will also be available to teams, players, and other participants, which will instantly hide abusive or offensive comments on Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube.

Twitter and FIFPRO were not mentioned in the FIFA news release providing details of the project, first announced in June.

AFCON and Euro 2017 players were subjected to discriminatory abuse online, according to FIFA in June. Homophobic or racist abuse was nearly 80%.

The Brazilian international, who is not in his country's World Cup squad, is backing the campaign.

Willian said, "I am supporting this campaign because I was in Brazil a year ago, and I and my family were suffering a lot because people started attacking us on social media."

"That's why I'm standing with FIFA to see if you can stop these kinds of things that sadden me."

During last year's European Championship, Spain striker Alvaro Morata received death threats online.