Lock out racist fans, say Uefa

EUROPEAN governing body Uefa has outlined stringent measures it hopes will rid the game of racism, proposing guilty players are banned for 10 matches and supporters are locked out of stadiums.

Uefa has previously been accused of taking a soft stance on racism.

But at yesterday’s Soccerex conference in Manchester general secretary Gianni Infantino vowed tough new measures are set to be implemented from next season.

“If a player or official is convicted of racism they should receive a 10-match suspension at least,” he said.

“If supporters are found guilty of racist abuse the first sanction will be a partial closure of part of the stadium. For a second offence there will be the full closure and a minimum fine of €50,000.”