London - The English Football Association is due to vote this week to introduce minimum five-game bans for racial abuse.
sanction will rise if there are aggravating circumstances, which is in response to concerns about a resurgence of racism
in the English game.
The people spoke on condition of anonymity
because they were not authorized to discuss the details ahead of the
vote at the FA annual general meeting on Thursday.
David Bernstein confirmed last week that the organization is preparing
to present new anti-racism measures, while stating it wouldn't back UEFA
proposals for a 10-game minimum ban for racist abuse.
have to follow UEFA," Bernstein said.
"Ours is a very detailed and
thought-out proposal. It is not likely to be exactly in line with
"Ours will have a minimum, but it will have a clear
acceleration from that minimum. We may well yet go beyond the 10
The FA leadership has been under pressure to
introduce tougher and clearer sanctions. In the past two years,
Liverpool striker Luis Suarez and Chelsea captain John Terry have been
banned for racial abuse. Suarez was suspended for eight games, while
Terry received half that punishment.
The minimum ban will apply to
people found guilty by the FA of any form of discrimination. But
anti-racism campaigners believe the FA should fall into line with UEFA's
plans. At its congress in London next week, European football's
governing body will be asking its 53 members to adopt the 10-game
Herman Ouseley, chairman of English football anti-racism group Kick It Out, is calling for stronger deterrents.
UEFA are prepared to go with 10 — let's go with 10 (in England),"
"We will look stupid if UEFA go with 10 and we go
"It will not add any credibility to the FA's stance it has
zero tolerance on this matter. I think it's very important they build
credibility and send out a very confident message that will make people
feel they can complain and something will be done."