UEFA has proposed a new minimum 10-game ban for racist abuse.
UEFA General Secretary Gianni Infantino outlined the plans at this week’s SoccerEx conference. “We have to have sanctions and they must have a deterrent effect,” said Infantino. “What we are proposing is if a player or official is convicted of racism they should receive a 10-match suspension at least. 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,” said Infantino. “For a second offense there will be the full closure and a minimum fine of 50,000 euros.”
“These measures will be approved by the executive committee by May. We shall also submit to the whole of Uefa’s member associations a resolution asking that all members should implement the same measures.”
The move by UEFA is a welcome one, and hopefully the measures will be approved in a timely manner so the authorities can help eradicate horrible behavior from soccer matches.
Here are today’s Premier League news headlines:
- Uefa proposes new minimum 10-game ban for racist abuse — The Guardian
- Arshavin is EPL’s richest sub, pocketing £7,800 per minute played this season — The Sun
- Plans for minute’s silence for Thatcher would be ‘a big mistake’ says Hillsborough group — Guardian
- Pulis: Ronaldo and Bale would “suit” Stoke’s style of play — The Sun
- David Dein believes Arsene Wenger will splash cash — Evening Standard
- Joey Barton contract claims denied by Marseille president — The Guardian
- Monument remembering the 96 fans killed to be unveiled in Liverpool ahead of anniversary — The Mirror
- Reading to have minute’s silence for Hillsborough disaster – not Thatcher — The Telegraph
- Hawk-Eye and GoalControl emerge as leading contenders for goal-line technology — BBC Sport
- Ebbsfleet: A real football club sacrificed to cyberspace’s howling mob — The Mail
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