UEFA President Ceferin: “UEFA Committed To Doing Everything It Can To Eliminating Disease That Is Racism”

UEFA President Ceferin: “UEFA Committed To Doing Everything It Can To Eliminating Disease That Is Racism”
October 16, 2019 00:30
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In an official UEFA statement, UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin has reiterated that there is no place for racism in football and that they are doing all they can to try and eradicate it from the game.

There have been a series of racist incidents in recent weeks and months across European football with the most recent high-profile incident occurring during England’s 6-0 UEFA EURO 2020 qualifier away to Belgium.

Inter player Romelu Lukaku has also been a victim of racist abuse recently as have several other players currently plying their trade in Serie A.

“There were times, not long ago, when the football family thought that the scourge of racism was a distant memory. The last couple of years have taught us that such thinking was, at best, complacent. The rise of nationalism across the continent has fuelled some unacceptable behaviour and some have taken it upon themselves to think that a football crowd is the right place to give voice to their appalling views,” it begins.

“As a governing body, I know we are not going to win any popularity contests. But some of the views expressed about UEFA’s approach to fighting racism have been a long way off the mark. UEFA, in close cooperation with the FARE network (Football Against Racism Europe), instituted the three-stage protocol for identifying and tackling racist behaviour during games.

“UEFA’s sanctions are among the toughest in sport for clubs and associations whose supporters are racist at our matches. The minimum sanction is a partial closure of the stadium – a move which costs the hosts at least hundreds of thousands in lost revenue and attaches a stigma to their supporters.

“UEFA is the only football body to ban a player for ten matches for racist behaviour – the most severe punishment level in the game. Believe me, UEFA is committed to doing everything it can to eliminate this disease from football. We cannot afford to be content with this; we must always strive to strengthen our resolve.

The statement, which was posted to UEFA’s official website, concludes: “More broadly, the football family – everyone from administrators to players, coaches and fans – needs to work with governments and NGOs to wage war on the racists and to marginalise their abhorrent views to the fringes of society. Football associations themselves cannot solve this problem. Governments too need to do more in this area. Only by working together in the name of decency and honour will we make progress.”

Cammy Anderson
By Cammy Anderson


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