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UEFA to Adopt Penalties for Racism

  • Guardian, Wednesday, April 10, 2013 12:14 PM

UEFA general secretary Gianni Infantino on Wednesday said Europe’s governing body plans to clamp down on racism by imposing a minimum 10-game ban across its competitions for any player found guilty of the offense. For a club whose supporters are found guilty, a first offense would lead to a partial closure of its stadium, while a second offense would lead to a full closure and tougher financial penalties, including a minimum $65,000 fine.

"We have to have sanctions and they must have a deterrent effect,” Infantino told the Soccerex forum in Manchester. "These measures will be approved by the executive committee by May,” he added. “We shall also submit to the whole of Uefa's member associations a resolution asking that all members should implement the same measures." Once adopted, the penalties will apply to the UEFA Champions League, the Europa League, and the European Championship.

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