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MANCHESTER, England -- FIFAs abolition of its anti-racism task force was denounced as a shameful betrayal on Monday as the governing body went on the defensive to reaffirm its commitment to fighting discrimination.The Associated Press revealed Sunday that the anti-racism group was being dismantled after FIFA decided that its mission had been completed after three years.Kick It Out , English soccers anti-discrimination organization, said it was perplexed by FIFAs decision, given the World Cup is being staged in 2018 in Russia which is notorious for racism and abusive activities towards minorities.Jordanian federation president Prince Ali said he found it incredibly worrying that the task force was being scrapped given the very real and apparent discrimination problem that remains in soccer.The fight against racism is far from over and the notion that the current FIFA leadership believes that the `task forces recommendations have been implemented is shameful, said Prince Ali, a former FIFA presidential candidate and FIFA vice president. Now the idea that FIFA believes that its the right time to disband its anti-racism task force is ridiculous.Prince Ali believes the task force should have been empowered to work further with soccer authorities and governments to use the sport to tackle discrimination in wider society.There is still so much work to do, and FIFA must show leadership, take responsibility for reform and be accountable if change isnt put into practice, Prince Ali said.Transparency, trust, credibility and integrity are the values that should run through everything FIFA does. Not tackling the plague of racism and discrimination properly is an absolute betrayal of those values.The task force was established in 2013 by then-FIFA President Sepp Blatter and headed by Jeffrey Webb, a vice president of world soccers governing body until he was arrested in 2015 as part of the American investigation into soccer corruption.Webb, who pleaded guilty to racketeering charges, was replaced in September 2015 as task force chairman by Congolese federation president Constant Omari.The reality, as with many programs within FIFA, is that the task force was never given real support since its conception and its role was more about FIFAs image than actually tackling the issues, Prince Ali said.FIFA Secretary General Fatma Samoura fended off the criticism, insisting her organization remains committed to combatting discrimination in the worlds most popular sport.The task force had a very specific mandate that to our knowledge it has fully fulfilled, Samoura said at the SoccerEx convention. Its recommendations have now been turned into a program and a strong one.Samoura was appointed in May as the organizations first female and first African top administrator of world soccers governing body as part of the overhaul under Gianni Infantino. The Senegalese former United Nations official said her presence here is a strong testimony that for FIFA, it is a zero tolerance policy on discrimination and it is an inclusive organization.Responding to criticism of the task force being shut down, Samoura said, We can live with perceptions, but we are taking very seriously our role as the world governing body of football to fight discrimination.Kick It Out urged FIFA to publish a clear and concise strategy on its fight against discrimination and promotion of equality. It was one of three organizations in the running for FIFAs new diversity award , which was won by Indian organization Slum Soccer at a ceremony in Manchester dominated by questions to Samoura about the anti-racism task force.Although racism is no longer rampant in English soccer, 402 incidents of discrimination were recorded by Kick It Out last season -- up more than 40 percent from two years earlier, although reporting mechanisms have been enhanced.There is clear evidence that discrimination, prejudice and hate are on the rise in developed societies, particularly in Europe but also in different forms across the world, Kick It Out said in a statement. Football should seek to lead the way in combating such intrusions.It is clear that organizations that are actively campaigning against racism and discrimination will be deeply disheartened to hear news of the disbandment, as they look to FIFA for leadership in a game which is so popular across the world.The pressing problems for FIFA are in Russia with less than nine months until the country stages the Confederations Cup, the warm-up event for the 2018 World Cup.Earlier this month, European soccers governing body, UEFA, ordered Russian club Rostov to close a section of a stadium for a Champions League game as punishment for the racist behavior of fans.The most recent research from the Moscow-based SOVA Center and the UEFA-affiliated FARE Network reported a surge in the number of racist displays by Russian soccer fans, with most cases going unpunished. 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Watch England semi-finals on Sky England and England women live on Sky Sports Rashid role keyMuch was expected of Yorkshire leg-spinner Adil Rashid in India following his eye-catching efforts in the Big Bash League earlier this year. But it has not quite happened for him so far. He has completed his four-over allocation just once in four matches and been hit for a total of 10 sixes - joint most in the tournament alongside team-mate Moeen Ali. He has to find a way to assert himself on proceedings if England are to peak.Root v Williamson New Zealands captain Kane Williamson piles on the runs By common consensus Joe Root, Kane Williamson, Virat Kohli and Steve Smith represent the vanguard of modern three-format batsmanship. The first two will face off in Delhi and, while it would be simplistic to reduce the match to a simple head-to-head, the pair do shoulder big burdens. Whichever players best marshal their sides innings could well go a loong way to determining the destination of the match.ddddddddddddThe tossEngland have chased just once in the tournament so far, fearlessly knocking off a tournament record 230 against South Africa. Their record of defending is less impressive, battered into submission by Chris Gayle in their opener and taken to the brink by Sri Lankas Angelo Mathews. Surely Eoin Morgan will feel most comfortable pursuing, making the toss vital. The possibility of dew must also be considered. England struggled to keep the ball dry on a slick outfield against the West Indies and forecasts suggest it may be warm enough for those conditions to be replicated.Hales to hurt Black Caps? Alex Hales hits out against West Indies in Englands first World T20 Alex Hales is a former world No 1 in T20 cricket and remains the countrys only centurion in the format. But he has yet to catch fire in the competition so far, making 28, 17 and 0 as well as missing the Afghanistan game with a bad back. But he is a player who can be lethal once the ball begins to find the middle of the bat and will feel he owes the side one of his special nights. If he manages one, Englands prospects will soar with his strike-rate.Watch England take on New Zealand live on Sky Sports 2 from 1.30pm Wednesday, on Sky Sports 2. Before then dont miss Englands Women in semi-final action against Australia, from 9.30am on Sky Sports 2. Get a Sky Sports Day Pass Watch England v New Zealand for £6.99 with NOW TV. 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