FA increases minimum ban for racist abuse

Source:Reuters Published: 2019/8/1 17:13:40

The English Football Association has increased its mandatory minimum ban for first-time offenders found guilty of discriminatory behavior to six matches from five ahead of the 2019-20 season.

The move follows an annual report from British anti-discriminatory body Kick It Out that showed a 43 percent rise in reports of racist abuse in the English game last season.

Chelsea banned a supporter for life last week for racially abusing English winger Raheem Sterling during last season's Premier League home match against champions Manchester City.

World soccer governing body FIFA doubled its minimum ban for racism to 10 games last month as soccer's authorities attempt to clamp down after a number of high-profile incidents.

The FA's six-game ban can be increased "depending on any additional aggravating factors" and it is also in talks with various stakeholders about how best to combat discrimination on and off the pitch.

The FA also revealed that it had given match officials the authority to show managers and backroom staff yellow and red cards, which represent cautions and dismissals, respectively.

Any member of a team's technical staff who accumulates four yellow cards during the season will receive a one-game touchline ban, while eight yellows will earn the offender a two-match suspension. 

An individual who accrues 16 yellows during the season will be charged with misconduct and have to face an independent regulatory commission.

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