FIFA officially unveiled a programme to educate its member associations worldwide about how to properly handle player harassment and abuse, reports Hindustan Times.
The programme, announced on Wednesday, is an extension to FIFA Guardians, an initiative announced following the 2019 Women's World Cup to ensure player safety.FIFA has aimed the five-part course, FIFA Guardians Safeguarding in Sport Diploma, at player safety officers across its 211 member associations, although aspects of the course — developed in conjunction with the Open University — will be made available to everyone, including other sports federations.
“Anyone who plays football, or indeed any sport, is entitled to enjoy it in a safe and supportive environment that, first and foremost, protects their well-being, especially where children are concerned. This is the objective of the FIFA Guardians Programme," FIFA president Gianni Infantino said in a statement.
"Today, football is taking another important step in delivering on this objective, as well as on FIFA's pledge to embed safeguarding measures across our game.”