The UEFA Committee met in London recently and have taken new measures to combat the less desirable aspects of the game throughout world football.
The meeting was focused around match fixing, doping, and racism, while other more administrative points were decided such as where to hold the 2015 Champions League final will be held (Berlin), as well as where to hold the Europa League final (Warsaw).
In regards to racism, the committee took a new and even stronger stance in their zero tolerance policy, and approved new amendments to be sent to the UEFA congress on May 24.
Should any racist abuses be observed in regards to the spectators of a match, the new regulations would ensure that the first offence result in a partial closing of the stadium and a second offence would result in a €50,000 fine. Should the abuse come from a player or official it would result in a minimum 10-match ban.
Additionally, insulting match officials now carries an added weight of a three-match ban, and assaulting an official would result in a 15-match ban.
The committee also decided that should UEFA not deem a club’s punishment of an offence such as doping or match-tampering suitable for the injustice, UEFA would be entitled to hand out an additional punishment as the organization would see fit.
On top of that the limitation for which to retrospectively punish an offence has been lifted, allowing UEFA to take action against the offending party regardless of the duration of time lapsed between the offence and the investigation.
Doping will also find itself under the magnifying glass as UEFA has implemented standard urine tests during the 2013/2014 competition in contrast to the previous blood test that was only given before the final tournament of the competition.
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