The regional governing body CONCACAF said Monday that its executive committee had adopted a protocol to deal with racist incidents.
Referees should stop games and order a public-address announcement calling for racist behaviour to cease, including the display of racist banners. If racist behaviour continues, the referee should suspend matches for 5-10 minutes, send players to their locker-rooms and order a second announcement. As a third step — "a very last resort" — referees may decide to abandon the match.
CONCACAF President Jeffrey Webb, who also is a FIFA vice-president, says "the procedure outlines a clear and precise approach of zero tolerance for racist or discriminatory incidents that may arise during matches."