UEFA to get tough on racism


6th, August 2007


73115111.jpgThe UEFA president, Michel Platini, said yesterday that the European governing body must crack down further on racial abuse inside stadiums.
“We will be strong,” said Platini. “We will not say ‘please don’t do that’. We will not leave space for racism in football just like we will not tolerate fighting or violence. In the past clubs have been fined and we have appealed because we thought that the fines were not enough.” Asked if punishments could include clubs being expelled from competitions, the Frenchman said: “Why not?”
Do you think that UEFA will crack down on racist abuse? Too often we’ve seen mandatory fines handed out when expulsion or points deduction would have been welcomed. Are we about to see UEFA get tough, or is it merely rhetoric?

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  1. Kipp says:

    UEFA and FIFA are about as much use as appointing McLaren as england manager…it’s all PR and no action
    Maybe they’ll draft in david beckham to highlight the campaign
    ‘yea i’ve played wif reggie bush and he said racism is bad, yea?’

  2. Cameron says:

    Upping the fines would be a start. Zaragoza was only fined 9,000 EU for chanting Eto’o off the pitch. They’re aiming for a top 4 finish this season with 6 or so strong signings. Quickest way to stamp it out would be to seriously damage the ability of the club to attack the transfer market. Fines of 5 mil plus should be the order of the day.

  3. dp says:

    Platini’s a madman, so I wouldn’t put it past him to do it. I hope he does; starting fines at €5 million for FA’s and clubs, making teams forfeit tournaments, and forcing empty stadiums must be immediate recourse for racism on the pitch. A €5000 fine for having fans throw bananas at Eto’o is, frankly, racist in itself. But I’m not holding out hope.

  4. OmegaSupreme says:

    Kick em out. I expect that the morons will be defiant at first but after being kicked out the champions league three times in a row they may get the message.