Minimum five-match ban for racism, FA announce

John Terry was given a four-match ban for his spat with Anton Ferdinand last season. Photo: PA

Racist or discriminatory abuse by players will carry a minimum five-match ban from next season, the Football Association has announced.

The sanction will the "entry level" punishment for the "least serious" discriminatory offences with longer bans for higher level offences.

Those found guilty of offences will also have to attend educational programmes.

FA chairman David Bernstein said: "Importantly, today's agreement encompasses all elements of discrimination, not just racial abuse."