Football groups agree to tougher sanctions for racism

A 'Kick It Out' sticker campaigns for an end to racism in football. Photo: PA

Tougher sanctions for racism are set to be brought in to European football following a meeting of the game's stakeholders.

The Professional Football Strategy Council, (PFSC) an umbrella group comprising UEFA associations, European leagues, clubs and players' representatives, unanimously agreed to call for stricter sanctions at a meeting in Sofia, Bulgaria.

Clubs and associations whose fans or players are found guilty of racist behaviour will also have to prove what actions they are taking to tackle such discrimination in the future.

A statement by the PFSC said it: "Recognises that many countries have taken significant and successful action but that such incidents remain widespread on our continent.

"Calls on UEFA, national associations and leagues to legislate for stricter sanctions for racism.

"Calls on disciplinary bodies to apply such stricter sanctions for cases of proven racism and to seek ways of obliging those sanctioned to take future preventative action."