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SBD Global/December 17, 2012/Leagues and Governing Bodies
Sepp Blatter To Discuss Serbia's Racism Fine With Michel Platini
Published December 17, 2012
FIFPRO, PFA SPEAK OUT: In London, Scott-Elliot reported a number of Premier League managers as well as the Professional FA and global player representatives FIFPro "added their voices to those already condemning the level of punishment." PFA CEO Gordon Taylor is writing to Platini calling for "stronger action" while FIFPro General Secretary Theo van Seggelen said his members "can no longer accept the abuses in Eastern Europe. The image of pro football is at stake." Show Racism the Red Card CEO Geb Grebby said, "UEFA have shown yet again that they do not take racism seriously, despite claiming to take a 'zero tolerance' approach to racism, the sanctions faced by the Serbian Football Association are an insult to the England players who were subjected to violence and racist abuse throughout the game." The PFA "similarly see it as an opportunity missed to issue a deterrent." Taylor: "This is a totally inadequate fine which sends a very poor message out to the football world" (INDEPENDENT, 12/15).
HARSHER PENALTIES NEEDED: Also in London, Rob Liddle opined a UEFA independent panel, "presumably wearing pointy white hoods and robes, effectively exonerated the Balkan savages." One game to be played in front of no spectators and a fine of £65,000 ($105,000) -- "just a little less than Nicklas Bendtner was fined for wearing the logo of his sponsor on his underpants." It is "utterly unacceptable for black players to receive the sort of racist abuse which they received in Serbia and which, habitually, is directed towards them at all points from Cadiz to Kiev." The Serbian business was "made all the worse by the bare-faced denials that any form of racism was directed towards the likes of England’s Danny Rose." In a sense, the Serbs’ response was "worse than the original offence, in that it sort of officially condoned racism." Which is where our own Football Association comes in. It should tell FIFA and UEFA that it will "play no matches in Serbia, for an indefinite period, unless a stringent punishment is imposed and the Serbs, to the best of their abilities, will guarantee that black players will henceforth be subjected to no racist abuse whatsoever" (SUNDAY TIMES, 12/16).