Carlisle lauds proposed sanctions

PFA chairman Clarke Carlisle is among those in support of UEFA's proposal to ban players guilty of racist offences.

Last Updated: 10/04/13 at 18:50 Post Comment

Clarke Carlisle: Welcomes proposals

Clarke Carlisle: Welcomes proposals

Campaigners have welcomed UEFA's decision to bring in a minimum 10-match ban for players found guilty of racism, saying the standard sanction will avoid the inconsistencies seen in the John Terry and Luis Suarez cases.

UEFA general secretary Gianni Infantino confirmed the European body is to double its minimum sanction to 10 games from next season and that all national associations are to be asked to follow suit.

In the two high-profile cases of racist abuse by players in England, Terry was banned for four matches and Suarez for eight games and Infantino confirmed that UEFA now believed those sanctions were not tough enough.

The FA and Scottish FA both said they would consider UEFA's call when the full details are published.

Professional Footballers' Association chairman Clarke Carlisle has welcomed the move as "a fantastic start" while European anti-discrimination body FARE said the sanctions left no room for doubt.

FARE executive director Piara Powar said: "In England we had a big furore with Terry and Suarez and the management of both of those cases.

"If UEFA say this for us is the standard sanction and we expect the national associations to follow suit it takes out all of the issues with Suarez supposedly getting a longer sanction because he's a foreigner and Terry supposedly getting a lesser sanction because he's England captain.

"We are also in talks with UEFA about an additional sanction of a mandatory demonstration by the guilty club to show what they are doing in terms of education."

Asked about the Terry and Suarez sanctions not be severe enough, Infantino told reporters: "We are saying that it should be 10 matches - it has been five matches and we will double it.

"We will also submit to the whole of UEFA's member associations asking that all our members employ the same measures as well at national level.

"The fight against racism is something that's very serious and we have to make sure that there is correct action and not just words."

The UEFA chief also said there would be partial closure of stadiums for a first incident of racist abuse by fans and a full closure for a second offence.

The UEFA sanctions will affect all matches in European competition from the start of next season. Infantino added: "We have to have sanctions and they must have a deterrent effect and what we are proposing is if a player or official is convicted of racism they should receive a 10-match suspension at least.

"If supporters at a club are found guilty of racist abuse the first sanction will be a partial closure of the part of the stadium from which the racist abuse took place.

"For a second offence there will be the full closure and a minimum fine of 50,000 euros."

The FA said its sanctions for racism were currently being reviewed.

An FA statement said: "We welcome UEFA's comments and look forward to seeing how these proposals take shape over the coming weeks.

"For our part, the FA has committed to keep under review its sanctions for all discriminatory offences as part of English football's wider Inclusion and Anti-Discrimination Plan. This is ongoing and takes place in full consultation with the leagues, clubs, managers, players and match officials.

"We remain committed to tackling all forms of discrimination including racism."

Carlisle has said the length of the suspension would be a genuine deterrent that also gives the opportunity to rehabilitate offenders in a manner that will educate others.

"My reaction to this is one of near satisfaction," the Kick It Out ambassador said.

"One of my greatest points of contention with the Football Association and the way we approach issues of race and racism in this country is that the penalties are nominal.

"When you move that on to UEFA and FIFA, the way they have previously sanctioned issues of racism has been laughable.

"The FA have been quite draconian in comparison, even though their approach has been quite lenient. A minimum 10-game ban is a fantastic start. That is a deterrent."

SFA chief executive Stewart Regan said the governing body would study the proposals before making a decision.


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