Thursday May 23 2013
UEFA introduce tougher racism sanctions

UEFA's Executive Committee has approved stricter sanctions against racial abuse at their latest meeting.

The governing body have confirmed today that as of June 1, spectators found guilty of racist chanting will see their home stadium partially closed for a first time offence, and a full stadium closure for a second offence – coupled with a €50,000 fine.

Players or officials found guilty of racism will be given a minimum 10-match ban.

The news comes in the wake of a spate of incidents in Italy this season. Kevin-Prince Boateng walked off the pitch during Milan's friendly with Pro Patria after being abused by fans.

Lazio meanwhile, have had two of their Europa League games shut to supporters after fan chants, whilst the Rossoneri's game with Roma this month was suspended temporarily after the capital club's tifosi were heard abusing Mario Balotelli and others.

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