Show Racism the Red Card welcomes new proposals from football’s governing body in the wake of high profile incidents across world football.
UEFA have this morning announced proposals for increased sanctions against players and officials found guilty of racist remarks or behaviour, with separate punishments for fans who racially abuse players and staff during games.
Speaking at the Soccerex event in Manchester today, Uefa general secretary Gianni Infantino spoke about the impact of racism on the game saying "It's still a scourge on the game. We have to have sanctions."
"What we are proposing is that if a player or official is found guilty then they will be suspended for 10 matches."
Infantino added "If supporters are found guilty then there will be a partial closure of the stadium.”
"This means the section where offence took place will be closed. If there is a second offence by the club's supporters there will be full closure with a minimum 50,000 euros (£42,700) fine."
The proposals come hot on the heals of the announcement of a sanction against Dynamo Kiev following racist chanting by fans in both the UEFA Champions League and Europa League competitions this season.
The club will now be forced to play their next two European fixtures behind closed doors.
Ged Grebby, Chief Executive of Show Racism the Red Card reflected on the announcements saying “These proposals are a step in the right direction and should act as a further deterrent for anyone who’s racist attitudes pervade their involvement in professional football, whether as a player, club representative or fan.”
“At Show Racism the Red Card we believe that education has a fundamental role to play in ensuring that racism is removed from all sections of society, including football. Fines and bans are a deterrent, but should be accompanied by educational programmes to affect real change. We continue to use football as a catalyst for change by educating young people about the dangers and injustice of racism, utilising resources featuring professional footballers.”