Racist abusers to be banned from all Premier League grounds

Posted: Tue, 17 Aug 2021 14:51

Racist abusers to be banned from all Premier League grounds

Fans who engage in racist abuse, or other forms of discriminatory behaviour, will be banned from all Premier League grounds under measures announced ahead of the new season.

Supporters are set for a full return to stadiums this weekend, as the English top flight returns. But the sentiment that "football is nothing without the fans" has been matched by a determination, led by players, to stamp out discrimination that persists both online and on the terraces.

The league confirmed that new sanctions are to be added to their "No Room for Racism" strategy, joining up punishments that were formerly administered only by individual clubs. It accompanies an increased focus on identifying abusive behaviour, both in the stands and through the league's online discriminatory abuse reporting system.

Punishments will be accompanied by new educational efforts: matchday stewards will be trained to identify discriminatory behaviour while a video asking supporters not to boo the taking of the knee before matches this season is to be released this week. Last week the players renewed their commitment to the protest with the league "wholeheartedly supporting" the move.

From The Guardian.

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