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SBD Global/May 17, 2013/International Football
Football Association Votes To Implement Minimum Five-Match Ban For Racial Abuse
Published May 17, 2013
FACING EMBARRASSMENT: The PA's Martyn Ziegler reported there is "potential embarrassment for the FA" given that it is hosting UEFA's Congress in London next week. UEFA "will submit a resolution recommending that all member associations follow its lead on 10 matches." European anti-racism body FARE Exec Dir Piara Powar and a member of FIFA's new anti-racism task force said, "As someone working across borders to promote anti-discrimination, I think it's a shame it can't be the 10 games UEFA say they will implement in their own competitions and that they are recommending all national associations will adopt" (PA, 5/16). INSIDE WORLD FOOTBALL's Andrew Warshaw wrote FIFA's anti-racism and discrimination task force Chair Jeffrey Webb "has issued his own scathing indictment of the Italian authorities for only fining Roma over last weekend's racist abuse by their fans towards three Milan players." In a statement, Webb said, "As stated by FIFA President Joseph Blatter, the decision of the Italian Football Federation's Disciplinary Committee to impose only a €50,000 ($65,000) fine on Roma for the racist actions of its supporters during a match at AC Milan on Sunday, without further investigation, is completely unacceptable" (INSIDE WORLD FOOTBALL, 5/16).