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FA to vote on minimum punishment for racial abuse

Evra & Suarez were involved in a high-profile case (©GettyImages)
Evra & Suarez were involved in a high-profile case (©GettyImages).

 

The Football Association are set to meet to tackle the issues of racism.

It has been reported that a standard five-match ban may be considered for any form of discriminatory behaviour. The meeting is set to take place at Wembley with FA chairman David Bernstein looking into UEFA’s proposals for a 10-game minimum ban.

"We don't have to follow UEFA," said Bernstein. "Ours is a very detailed and thought-out proposal. It is not likely to be exactly in line with UEFA's.

"Ours will have a minimum but it will have a clear acceleration from that minimum. We may well yet go beyond the 10."

Lord Ouseley, the chairman of anti-racism group Kick It Out said: "If Uefa are prepared to go with 10, let's go with 10.

"We will look stupid if Uefa go with 10 and we go with five.

"It will not add any credibility to the FA's stance that it has zero tolerance on this matter.

"I think it's very important they build credibility and send out a very confident message that will make people feel they can complain and something will be done."

Liverpool’s Luis Suarez received an eight-match ban and a £40,000 fine for abusing Manchester United defender Patrice Evra.

Chelsea captain John Terry also found himself in the firing line when he was given a four-match ban for racial abuse towards QPR defender Anton Ferdinand and was told to pay a £220,000 fine.

With such high-profile cases, the FA has been under immense pressure to take tougher action against clubs and players if such behaviour is carried out.

It has also been reported that FIFA will vote on its own set of proposals later this month at its annual congress in Mauritius. The proposal is for an official to attend games to identify racist and discriminatory acts and to gather evidence.

They are also looking at the possibility of a two-stage sanctions process that would see teams issued with a warning, a fine or the playing of a match behind closed doors.

If the case appears to be more serious then FIFA may look at points deductions, expulsion from a competition or relegation.

Issues that have taken place this season, such as when AC Milan midfielder Kevin-Prince Boateng led his team off the pitch during a friendly against Pro Patria due to the racist behaviour towards them in January, have sparked serious talks to take place over recent months.

After such a public outburst to incidents that have occurred this season the FA have no choice but to take each and every issue with great seriousness.

With UEFA already setting the standards high with the way they wish to tackle this situation, the FA must react to this and ensure suitable punishments are handed out.

 

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