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.”

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