UEFA impose strict racism sanctions

European football governing body UEFA is starting to get tough on racism in football, ESPN has learned.

UEFA’s general secretary Gianni Infantino confirmed on Thursday that any players or officials that carry out any kind of racial abuse will be given a 10-match suspension, heavier than the sanctions the FA have given out in the past 18 months.

Infantino said: “An association should adopt the same or similar measures. UEFA has always acted in a way to try to convince people rather than impose. I don’t think you measure the way of fighting against racism in one simple measure and sanction.

This measure will be included in next season’s disciplinary regulations. Although UEFA is only able to enforce this stringent rule into its own club competitions, it will ask all 53 members, including the FA, to follow its lead on Friday.

A number of unsavoury incidents have forced UEFA’s hand in the past year, especially since the abuse England’s Under-21 players had to face upto in Serbia last October.

In this calendar year alone, Kevin-Prince Boateng led his Milan teammates from the pitch during a friendly game in January, and Mario Balotelli was subject to abuse from Roma fans during a Serie A game, temporarily suspending their game with Milan.

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