At the start of next season those involved in any racist behaviour and found guilty will automatically face a five-match ban. This has come under the new FA rules that came into place after a meeting at Wembley yesterday.

UEFA have pressed for a 10 game ban for first offences but the football association will only impose such bans to repeat offenders.

Reading striker Jason Roberts is outraged by the new rules.

He believes that it is up to the players to effect change and that he finds it hard to believe that the FA would not follow the UEFA’s 10 match ban. He also spoke to FA chairman David Bernstein regarding the issues and expressed his concerns.

He said to the BBC: "The last 18 months regarding equality at the FA has seen bad decisions, lack of will, lack of consultation and lack of leadership."

Last November Roberts refused to wear a T-shirt for the Kick It Out campaign because he felt that the FA had to go further in stamping out the problem.

Executive director of European anti-racism body fare Piara Powar also criticised the FA for not planning to hand out a sterner penalty than a five game ban.

It has also sparked interest on the fact that Luis Suarez was banned for more than five games.

The FA will reserve the right to extend bans if any aggravating offences are carried out.

The charges will be brought out in any event that carries out discrimination relating to ethnic origin, colour, race, religion or belief, gender, ability and disability.

There will also be education related talks that all offenders will have to undergo on anti-discrimination.

FA Chairman Bernstein will step down in July but said that English governing body would re-evaluate their sanctions if European football says the line is in the wrong place.

UEFA will vote on their new proposals in London on 22-23 May and if successful the rules will apply to all champions’ league and Europa League.


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