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England Reported To Fifa By Anti-Racism Campaigners FARE For Rio And Anton Ferdinand Chants At San Marino World Cup Qualifier

28/03/2013 21:06 GMT | Updated 28/03/2013 21:13 GMT

England fans have been reported to Fifa for alleged racist chanting towards Rio Ferdinand and his brother Anton during the World Cup qualifier against San Marino.

The campaign group Football Against Racism in Europe (FARE) have submitted an official complaint over the chants heard on Friday night, and the chants could mean the Football Association face a substantial fine if Fifa find the supporters guilty.

The chant 'Build a bonfire, build a bonfire, put Rio on the top, put Anton in the middle, then burn the f****** lot', is believed to been highlighted by the FARE as the most offensive, according to the Telegraph.

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San Marino's Alessandro Della Valle, watches as England's Jermain Defoe goes for the ball, during a World Cup qualifying group H soccer match

A FARE spokesman said: "We have sent a report in relation to racist chanting towards Ferdinand and his brother.

"Although we did not have observers at the match we have pulled together evidence sent to us including media comment and have passed that on to Fifa.

"It’s under Fifa jurisdiction so in the end it’s their decision whether they open proceedings or not."

Fifa are yet to respond to the complaint as officials are understood to be on a break for Easter until Tuesday.

The Football Association are expected to investigate the complaint separately and make their own official statement.

FARE was set up to fight racism and xenophobia in February 1999 by supporters' groups, players' unions and football associations.