Uefa proposes 10-match racism ban

2013-04-10 15:41

London – Players found guilty of racial abuse will face minimum suspensions of 10 matches, under plans laid out by Uefa general secretary Gianni Infantino.

Infantino also said today racist offences would trigger partial stadium closures in the first instance and full stadium closures for a second incident.

The proposed punishments would affect all matches in European competition.

“We have to have sanctions and they must have a deterrent effect and what we are proposing is if a player or official is convicted of racism, they should receive a 10-match suspension at least,” Infantino told the Soccerex forum in Manchester.

“If supporters at a club are found guilty of racist abuse, the first sanction will be a partial closure of the part of the stadium from which the racist abuse took place.

“For a second offence, there will be the full closure and a minimum fine of €50 000 (R585 000).”

Infantino said that all of Uefa’s national member associations would be urged to adopt the measures.

Two recent high-profile cases of racist abuse in England saw Chelsea’s John Terry and Liverpool’s Luis Suarez banned for four and eight matches, respectively, but Infantino believes that is no longer enough.

“We are saying it should be 10 matches – it has been five matches and we will double it,” he said.

“We will also submit to the whole of Uefa’s member associations, asking that all our members employ the same measures as well at national level.

“The fight against racism is something that’s very serious and we have to make sure there is correct action and not just words.”

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24


Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.