RACISM – The world football governing body, FIFA has increased punishment for racist incidents.
They will be doubling their minimum ban for racist incidents to 10 games and will allow players to make victim statements and participate in the proceedings
In a statement released, FIFA said they “will not let down victims of racist abuse,” adding they “may be invited by the respective judicial body to make an oral or written victim impact statement.”
“For a first offence, playing a match with a limited number of spectators and a fine of at least 20,000 Swiss francs ($20,000) shall be imposed on the association or club concerned.”
Fare network, an organisation which promotes diversity in football across Europe, has welcomed the changes and called on the English FA to implement similar measures.
The changes come after several incidents last season in domestic and international football.
Last season, Inter Milan were ordered to play two home games behind closed doors after their supporters racially insulted Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly.
Montenegro were also ordered by European governing body UEFA to play a home game behind closed doors.