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UEFA outlines racism sanctions

Players who are found guilty of racist offences will be banned for a minimum of 10 matches under new UEFA proposals.

The Football Association is to be urged to follow this lead and bring in a minimum suspension for any player found guilty of racism.

UEFA general secretary Gianni Infantino confirmed the European body is to double its sanction from next season and that all national associations are to be asked to follow suit.

In the two high-profile cases of racist abuse by players in England, John Terry was banned for four matches and Luis Suarez for eight games and Infantino confirmed that UEFA now believed those sanctions were not tough enough.

Speaking at the Soccerex conference in Manchester, Infantino told reporters: "We are saying that it should be 10 matches - it has been five matches and we will double it.

"We will also submit to the whole of UEFA's member associations asking that all our members employ the same measures as well at national level.

"The fight against racism is something that's very serious and we have to make sure that there is correct action and not just words."

The UEFA chief also said there would be partial closure of stadiums for a first incident of racist abuse by fans and a full closure for a second offence.

The UEFA sanctions will affect all matches in European competition from the start of next season.

Infantino added: "We have to have sanctions and they must have a deterrent effect and what we are proposing is if a player or official is convicted of racism they should receive a 10-match suspension at least.

"If supporters at a club are found guilty of racist abuse the first sanction will be a partial closure of the part of the stadium from which the racist abuse took place.

"For a second offence there will be the full closure and a minimum fine of 50,000 euros."