Soccer proposes 10-game race abuse ban

Apr 10, 2013, 9:23 AM EDT
UEFA General Secretary Gianni Infantino speaks during the Soccerex European Forum in Manchester, north-west England, on April 10, 2013. Soccerex is a football business event, conference and exhibition.
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MANCHESTER, England (AP) — UEFA is proposing tough sanctions against racism in soccer, including a minimum 10-match ban for players or officials found guilty of abuse.

UEFA general secretary Gianni Infantino outlined the plans at the SoccerEx conference in Manchester.

Infantino also says if there is racism in the stands at matches, the first sanction for clubs will no longer just be a fine but a partial stadium closure. But if there is more racism in the stands, Infantino says there will be a "full closure of the stadium and a minimum fine of $65,500."

The debate on racism intensified this season after AC Milan midfielder Kevin-Prince Boateng led his team off a field during an exhibition in Italy after facing abuse from fans.