UEFA Recommends Referees Stop Matches If Racism Occurs, Will Offer Support
UEFA has recommended that referees stop matches when there are incidents of racism and says it will "fully support" them if they follow its advice, according to Brian Homewood of REUTERS. In a resolution issued in conjunction with the European Clubs Association (ECA) and the world players' union FIFPro, UEFA reminded referees that they had been authorized four years ago to "stop matches in case of serious racism incidents from the stands or on the pitch." The resolution also called on coaches and players to speak out "even if it meant criticising their own players and fans." The resolution "recommends and fully supports referees to stop matches in cases of racism and calls on national associations and leagues to do the same" (REUTERS, 3/28).