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Five-game racism ban proposed

Wed 12th Dec 2012 | Legal

Players found guilty of using racist language are set to incur a minimum five-match ban under new proposals to tackle discrimination in football.

A fixed penalty for racially-aggravated offences was one issue discussed at a summit between the Football Association (FA) and Professional Footballers' Association earlier this week.

Punishment for perpetrators remains currently at the discretion of FA disciplinary panels but high-profile recent racism cases has prompted calls for the authorities to clarify their stance.

Liverpool striker Luis Suarez was last year banned for eight games and fined £40,000 after an independent commission found him guilty of misconduct following allegations he racially abused Manchester United's Patrice Evra.

Chelsea captain John Terry was then found guilty by an FA commission in September of racially abusing QPR defender Anton Ferdinand during a Premier League match, incurring a four-match ban and a £220,000 fine.

The new proposal, which has yet to be formalised, is just one of several measures on the FA agenda.

Foreign players and coaches could receive cultural lessons, while anti-discrimination clauses are expected to be written into contracts, giving clubs licence to sack players proven to be in breach.

Posted by: Kev Howland

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