UEFA to issue tougher anti-racism punishments

European football’s governing body UEFA is set to bring in new sanctions aimed at tackling racism in football, which include a minimum 10-game ban for those found guilty of abuse, according to Sky Sports.

The plans were announced by UEFA’s general secretary Gianni Infantino at the SoccerEx conference in Manchester this week.

Under the new punishments, clubs would be forced to close sections of the ground after a first racist offence by their supporters, with a second misdemeanour costing them a minimum fine of 50,000 euros (or around £42,000) and a full stadium closure.

Infantino said: “What we are proposing is that if a player or an official commits a racist offence then he has to be suspended for 10 matches – at least – or a corresponding period.

In addition to all of this we will encourage our referees through a three step process to stop games, to interrupt games and even abandon games.

Racism has been at the forefront of the agenda in football in recent months after Milan midfielder Kevin-Prince Boateng walked off the pitch after being racially abused by supporters during a friendly match against Pro Patria earlier this year.

England’s Under-21 internationals were also the subject of taunts in the aftermath of their victory over their Serbian counterparts in October last year.

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