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FA to review sanctions for racism offences

FA to review minimum match ban for players found guilty of discrimination

The Football Association is set to review its minimum match-based suspensions for proven cases of discrimination.

World governing body FIFA recently introduced a tougher punishment for players found guilty of discrimination, doubling the automatic suspension from five games to 10.

The FA did not increase theirs at the same time, but had upped the automatic five-game ban to six back in May.

But just a day after a report published by equality and inclusion organisation Kick it Out, stating that all incidents of discrimination increased by 32 per cent last season, the FA have decided to review their sanctions.

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An FA statement read: “We are determined to help reduce all forms of discrimination at every level of the game, from grass roots to elite.

“It’s a matter we take very seriously and we have already started a consultation process with key stakeholders across the game, including the leagues, the PFA, the LMA, Kick it Out and others, with the aim of reviewing our sanctioning guidelines for proven cases of discrimination.

“This review involves working on a range of projects with stakeholders in football to combat discrimination, both on and off the pitch. As part of this, we are reviewing what the minimum match-based suspension for proven cases of discrimination should be to ensure the deterrent in place is appropriate and effective.”

Statistics from Kick It Out showed reported incidents of discrimination rose to 422 in 2018-19, up from 319 during the previous season.

Racism remained the most common form of discrimination, accounting for 65% of reports.

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