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FIFA probe 'possible discriminatory' England chants including 'No Surrender' during World Cup semi-final defeat by Croatia

Daily Mail logo Daily Mail 12/07/2018 Dave Wood
MOSCOW, RUSSIA - JULY 11: Players in action during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Semi Final match between England and Croatia at Luzhniki Stadium on July 11, 2018 in Moscow, Russia. Croatia have advanced to their first ever World Cup final after beating England 2-1.
 (Photo by Sebnem Coskun/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images) © Getty MOSCOW, RUSSIA - JULY 11: Players in action during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Semi Final match between England and Croatia at Luzhniki Stadium on July 11, 2018 in Moscow, Russia. Croatia have advanced to their first ever World Cup final after beating England 2-1. (Photo by Sebnem Coskun/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

FIFA has opened disciplinary proceedings against the Football Association following a report of possible discriminatory chanting by England fans during Wednesday night's World Cup semi-final with Croatia.

The governing body announced the news on Thursday, though precise details of the allegations are unknown.

The BBC reported it relates to the chanting of 'No surrender' by England fans and other potentially discriminatory songs. 

Soccer Football - World Cup - England fans watch Croatia v England - Trafalgar Square, London, Britain - July 11, 2018   England fans react as they watch the match   REUTERS/Henry Nicholls     TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY © Reuters Soccer Football - World Cup - England fans watch Croatia v England - Trafalgar Square, London, Britain - July 11, 2018 England fans react as they watch the match REUTERS/Henry Nicholls TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

'We can confirm that a report has been filed through the anti-discrimination monitoring system in relation to chants of a possible discriminatory nature by English fans at yesterday's match,' a statement read. 

'Subsequently, disciplinary proceedings have been opened against the Football Association. Further updates will be communicated in due course. As proceedings are ongoing, please understand we cannot comment further at this stage.'

MOSCOW, RUSSIA - JULY 11: England fans are seen during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Semi Final match between England and Croatia at Luzhniki Stadium on July 11, 2018 in Moscow, Russia. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images) © Getty MOSCOW, RUSSIA - JULY 11: England fans are seen during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Semi Final match between England and Croatia at Luzhniki Stadium on July 11, 2018 in Moscow, Russia. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Wednesday's game saw the largest presence of England fans at the World Cup to date, although the Three Lions' hopes of a first World Cup final appearance since 1966 were ended by a 2-1 extra-time defeat.

England conclude their tournament with a third-fourth play-off against Belgium on Saturday.

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