Players could be axed for racist remarks

PFA: Racism to become sackable offence
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PFA chief executive Gordon Taylor reveals that players could have their contracts terminated next season if they're found guilty of racial abuse.

Professional Footballers' Association chief executive Gordon Taylor has revealed that footballers who are found guilty of racism could be sacked from their clubs.

The measure is due to be implemented next season in a bid to eradicate any form of racist abuse throughout England following a number of high-profile cases in the Premier League.

"We're just about to bring it to the Professional Football Negotiating and Consultative Committee, the body by which we bring the issues to the Premier League and Football League, and I don't see a problem with that being introduced," Taylor told The Guardian.

"It just highlights the point in the standard players' contract. It would say that racist abuse, if found guilty, will be classed as gross misconduct and a reason to terminate a contract. I feel it's important to highlight it, bearing in mind what has happened, and not mess about with it and not afford for anybody to be ambiguous about what the consequences are.

"I'm not saying it's ambiguous [now]. But just to really put it in there means there is no misunderstanding on how serious we take it. If any player is found guilty of racist abuse, the club and the player need to be aware that could be a solid reason for terminating the contract."

This season Liverpool striker Luis Suarez was banned for eight matches for racially abusing Manchester United defender Patrice Evra, while Chelsea captain John Terry is due to stand trial in July on allegations of racist remarks targeted towards Queens Park Rangers defender Anton Ferdinand back in October.

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