Players and officials found guilty of racist abuse will face a 10 game European ban, whilst separate sanctions for fans have also been agreed.
“We have been given numerous accounts from professional players who support the campaign regarding racist abuse received during club matches across Europe and we are delighted that UEFA have taken the decision to punish such incidents with this level of severity."
Ged Grebby, Chief Executive, Show Racism the Red Card
European football’s governing body confirmed yesterday that its proposals for more stringent punishments for acts of racism by players, officials and football supporters had been ratified and will come into effect from the start of next season.
In addition to the 10 game ban for players and officials, sanctions will also be levied on fans found guilty of racist chanting; with first offences leading to a partial stadium closure and second offences resulting in clubs being forced to play games behind closed doors.
UEFA general secretary Gianni Infantino also confirmed the organisation's support for individual governing bodies to decide on their own punishments for racist offences, commenting specifically on the F.A recent decision to impose a minimum 5 game ban for racism.
"An association should adopt the same or similar measures. UEFA has always acted in a way to try to convince people rather than impose."
"I don't think you measure the way of fighting against racism in one simple measure and sanction."
"The way I read the FA's decision is that it could be five matches and it could also be 15. The FA are sure their way of regulating is more correct for England."
"It's their decision but it doesn't mean they do more or less than us. Everyone has to do what they can do in this field."
"The FA is autonomous and know best what is best for England to do in the fight against racism. It is probably one of the countries where the most has been done."
Show Racism the Red Card wholly supports the introduction of tougher European-wide sanctions and regards this as a really positive step in irradiating racism from the game.
Speaking on behalf of the organisation, Chief Executive Ged Grebby said “We have been given numerous accounts from professional players who support the campaign regarding racist abuse received during club matches across Europe and we are delighted that UEFA have taken the decision to punish such incidents with this level of severity."
"We strongly believe that removing racism from professional sport will have a positive impact on the efforts to irradiate racism in society across Europe, and together with education, such initiatives have the potential to be hugely impactful.”
UEFA proposes 10 match ban clubs found guilty of racism