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UEFA plans racism crackdown with minimum of 10 match suspension for players

Updated: Wednesday, 10 Apr 2013 12:56 | Comments

UEFA plans racism crackdown

Players found guilty of racist offences will be banned for a minimum of 10 matches under proposals revealed by UEFA's general secretary Gianni Infantino.

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 proposed sanctions would affect all matches in European competition.

Infantino told the Soccerex forum in Manchester: "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."

In the two high-profile cases of racist abuse by players in England, John Terry was banned for four matches and Luis Suarez for eight.

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