On Wednesday, UEFA general secretary Gianni Infantino proposed measures to curb racism in European soccer. Players, officials and fans will both be targeted under the new measures.
Players or officials guilty of racist offenses will be banned for a whopping 10 matches. For racist abuse by fans, there would be partial closure of stadiums for a first offense, and a full closure for a second offense, along with at least a 50,000 euro fine.
The proposed sanctions would impact all matches in European competition.
Infantino revealed the new measures at the Soccerex forum in Manchester. He had the following to say:
“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 offense there will be the full closure and a minimum fine of 50,000 euros.”
If you’re not familiar with just how bad racism is in soccer worldwide, all you need to know is that the subject has it’s own Wikipedia page. It details dozens of incidents that have occurred over the years in various football federations.
We commend UEFA for attempting to do something to correct the situation. It has been out of control for far too long.