Racist players will now get automatic 10-game ban as Fifa announce new rules
FIFA have agreed new rules which mean an automatic ten-game ban for racism.
The world body’s new Disciplinary Code, which will come into force on Monday, outlines a series of measures that MUST be followed for cases under Fifa jurisdiction.
It sets the new standard penalty for players guilty of racism or any other comments or gestures that “offend the dignity or integrity” including homophobia.
But the new minimum fine of just £16,000 for racism by fans will bring further scorn on Fifa chiefs and make a mockery of President Gianni Infantino’s claims of taking firm action and a “zero tolerance” approach.
Under the new code, which also insists on a partial ground closure for a first offence by supporters, punishment for re-offending fans include fines, ground closures, expulsion from a competition or relegation.
Measures to fight match fixing mean any cases will now be dealt with solely by Fifa’s main Disciplinary Committee, which will also sit on disputes involving clubs, players, coaches and national associations.
It means Fifa-imposed transfer bans on any club that does not meet its financial obligations on transfer deals.
The world body will also prevent directors going into administration to cancel debts.
And in a move that will need to be followed by the FA, disciplinary hearings on doping and match-fixing cases - which have always been held behind closed doors, will be open to the public if both sides request it.