Racism laws include ground closure and disqualification

The most recent Uefa sanctions to deal with racism state:

Step One

  • "If one or more of a member association or club’s supporters engage in the behaviour described in paragraph 1, the member association or club responsible is punished with a minimum of a partial stadium closure."

Step Two

  • "...a second offence is punished with one match played behind closed doors and a fine of €50,000."

Step Three

  • "...any subsequent offence is punished with more than one match behind closed doors, a stadium closure, the forfeiting of a match, the deduction of points or disqualification from the competition."

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