European football’s governing body reveal new punishments for any kind of racism in the game.
UEFA announced on Wednesday new, hard-line sanctions for any players or officials who are found guilty of any kind of racist behaviour.
UEFA general secretary Gianni Infantino said that any such offences would not be tolerated, with punishments of up to a ten-game ban set to be handed out to perpetrators.
Infantino went on to add that racist behaviour would also result in a partial stadium closure for a first-time offence, followed by a complete closure of a ground for a second offence.
In the Premier League, Liverpool’s Luis Suarez and Chelsea’s John Terry have served bans for comments that included a reference to the ethnic origin, colour or race of an opposition player.
Perhaps the fact that there will now be a confirmed long term ban for the offence will dissuade players from making racial slurs in future.
Watch a video of UEFA’s announcement below: