UEFA to get strict against racism

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.

In a resolution issued in conjunction with the European Clubs Association (ECA) and the world players' union FIFPro, European soccer's governing body reminded referees that they had been authorisied 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 was drawn up by the Professional Football Strategy Council (PFSC) and ratified by UEFA's executive committee, meeting in Bulgaria, on Thursday. The PFSC is composed of representatives from UEFA, the national leagues, European clubs and the players.

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.”

In 2009, UEFA outlined a three-step procedure for abandoning games.

It said the referee should first stop the match and ask for announcements to be made over the public address system. The second step would be to suspend the match for a given period of time and, finally, abandon it.

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