FA introduces bans for racial abuse
Melton Williams, Gleaner Writer
The English Football Association has announced that players found guilty of racially abusing an opponent will be suspended for a minimum of five matches.
The same punishment will also apply in other discrimination cases, including religion, sexuality and disability.
A second offence will lead to an automatic minimum ban of 10 matches, in addition to any financial penalty.
European body UEFA last month proposed 10-game bans for those found guilty of racial abuse during its competitions.
The new disciplinary measures, which were agreed at the FA's annual general meeting yesterday, will start from next season.
Levels of punishment will rise if there are "aggravating" factors.
Clubs may also be charged if two or more of their employees are sanctioned for discriminatory abuse in any 12-month period.
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