UEFA propose "harsh" sanctions on players, clubs guilty of racism

UEFA Sec Gen Gianni Infantino addresses an audience on September 24, 2012
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UEFA general secretary Gianni Infantino reveals that European football will be hit with "harsh" sanctions if racism occurs.

UEFA general secretary Gianni Infantino has revealed that the governing body are proposing new "harsh" sanctions on players and clubs found guilty of racist abuse.

Recent incidents of racism within European football have resulted in fines for those involved, but Infantino has claimed that new rules will be implemented from the start of the 2013-14 season.

Speaking at the Soccerex conference in Manchester today, Infantino revealed that players or officials who have committed racist abuse will be banned for a minimum of 10 matches, while clubs will not be hit with a fine as a first offence if supporters make racist chants.

It has been proposed that there will be a partial closure of the stadium in question where the racist abuse has taken place, while a second offence will result in a full closure and a minimum fine of £42,750.

"This is clear, this is harsh, it will be known to everyone and this is want we want to implement," said Infantino.

UEFA have also "encouraged" referees to stop or even abandon matches if they encounter cases of racism during a game.

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