FA lists discrimination in football punishment

FA on Friday announced that discrimination, racial chants, homophobic offenders risk stadium Closure as punishment against discrimination as from 2020/21 season.

FA on Friday announced that discrimination, racial chants, homophobic offenders risk stadium Closure as punishment against discrimination as from 2020/21 season.

The English Football Association added that the rules apply to all domestic competitions.

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DailyTimes reports that offences could lead to full or partial stadium closures and fines while players and coaches can be banned for six to 12 games for almost all acts of discrimination according to the football body.

If an offence is “in writing only or via any communication device” or there is another mitigating factors, the minimum ban is three matches.

An FA statement read: “The fact that an incident of discrimination by an individual took place in private or outside of a standard football setting will now not be a barrier to the FA issuing proceedings.”

The FA’s director of legal and governance Polly Handford said: “We are committed to investigating, charging and sanctioning all forms of discrimination with consistency and transparency.”

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