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UEFA policy on fines raises questions

  • Goal.com, Wednesday, April 4, 2012 2:17 PM

Why would Arsenal coach Arsene Wenger be fined 40,000 euros ($52,568) and handed a three-match suspension by UEFA for speaking with a referee after a Champions League match, and Porto be fined half that amount for racist chanting by its fans?

Wenger explained why he had waited to talk with referee Damir Skomina following Arsenal's 3-0 defeat of Milan at the Emirates last month: "I was not happy with the referee because he gave them many free kicks in the center of the park. Every time a player went down it was a free kick to them. The [Milan] players sensed that very quickly on the pitch and used it well."

Here is what the coach of Porto, Vítor Pereira, said about Manchester City's Mario Balotelli being taunted by monkey noises during a match in February: "I think there might have been a misunderstanding. The crowd were chanting Hulk, Hulk, Hulk."

Paul Wilson of The Guardian writes, "There's something not quite right there, and it may not be the usual UEFA weakness at dealing effectively with offensively racist attitudes. Both UEFA and FIFA are fairly hopeless at even recognizing the seriousness of racism in football let alone dealing with it, as we know from a series of ineffective wrist slaps down the years."

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