Sunday, June 2, 2013

FIFA announces tougher sanctions in cases of racism from congress in Maritius

FIFA's Congress in Mauritius on Friday adopted a resolution that will lead to tougher sanctions in cases of racism, including points deductions and even relegation for repeat offenders. 
Teams could be relegated or expelled from competitions for serious incidents of racism after tough new powers were voted in by Fifa.
First or minor offences will result in either a warning, fine or order for a match to be played behind closed doors.
Serious or repeat offences can now be punished by a points deduction, expulsion or relegation.

Many of the voters at the congress where overwhelmingly in favor of the resolution, with 204 votes for and just 1 against, (wonder who had the one vote against)

A text put together by a FIFA task force against racism read-
-“For a first infraction or a minor infraction, a warning, fine and/or ordering to play games behind closed doors should be sufficient punishment," 
-"For a repeat offence or a serious infraction, the deduction of points, exclusion from a competition or relegation are the recommended punishments," added the resolution.
-"Any person (player, official, referee etc...) committing an infraction should be suspended for at least five matches, including being banned from entering a stadium."

FIFA president Sepp Blatter urged the Congress to "send a strong signal to the racists that their time is up".
"There have been despicable events this year that have cast a long shadow over football and the rest of society," he said.  "I am speaking of the politics of hate - racism, ignorance, discrimination,
intolerance, small-minded prejudice. That uncivilised, immoral and self-destructive force that we all detest."

Football's image has been tainted by several high-profile incidences of racism in the recent past, from Liverpool striker Luis Suarez's abuse of Manchester United's Patrice Evra in October 2011 to AC Milan midfielder Kevin-Prince Boateng's decision to walk off the field following abuse from the stands during a friendly game in January this year.