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FIFA & UEFA must step up racism fight

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Following Yaya Toure's experience against CSKA Moscow in Russia, with fans of the Russian club having reportedly sang racist chants, it is time that UEFA and FIFA stop talking and start acting.

Racism is now prominent in football, that much is clearly evident in how we see the game, and if you're there as a first-hand experience, you see how the fans treat the players on the field at the time.

Of course, football's governing bodies are trying to do something, but one measly campaign called "Kick Racism Out of Football", with an intended pun, surely won't be able to be taken seriously nor adhered by clubs as their fans push on with the racist chants and make life miserable for players with darker skin tones.

It is time FIFA and UEFA put their foot down and started to really hack, not kick, but hack racism out of football, and making sure that it never does come back, and in fact stays out of the beautiful game forever.

It is called the world game, supposedly played by every country on this planet, but the racism is trying to do the exact opposite, and making it a closed game, rather than an open game.

There is no disciplinary action taken, yes, a fine and maybe a match behind closed doors but is that really enough, or will it ever be enough?

Hardly.

I believe that UEFA should have a warning tier system. Tier 1 is a fine, Tier 2 is a bigger fine and five matches behind closed doors, and the final tier, Tier 3 is a suspension from the European competition from that season.

That way, it should teach club and fans alike not to go with the primitive racist chants and learn that the world has now become culturally diverse, and it will stay that way for a while to come.

Unfortunately, some club fans won't learn this.

It's like this, not only in Russia, but in other countries as well, like Italy. Kevin Prince Boateng was a victim of racism and once walked off of the field in protest. Mario Balotelli was also a victim of racism,

Disgusting, isn't it?

Of course everyone should be treated equally on the football field, there are teams versus teams, and at the end of the game it's courteous for everyone to shake hands, that's how the game is played. It should not be a bad time for those who receive racism as a type of abuse towards them.

If it happens in a league, the league's respective organisation should do the same thing as suggested for UEFA above.

If it happens on an international stage, it's entirely different, but should be treated similarly to the club situation, but have them banned from playing fixtures for a while. You wouldn't want to ban anyone from the World Cup, because it's designed for the whole world to play in, whether it's qualifying, or playing at the actual event.

In summary, I believe that the governing bodies of football need to stop talking and delivering light punishments, and should start delivering much more severe punishments in order to truly stamp racism out of the beautiful game of football.

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