It’s kick­ing off — FA gets tough

The Jewish Chronicle - - NEWS - BY MAR­CUS DYSCH

FOOT­BALL CLUBS will face tougher sanc­tions if their fans en­gage in racist be­hav­iour, un­der new rules be­ing in­tro­duced by the game’s gov­ern­ing body.

The Foot­ball Association is said to be de­ter­mined to put in place greater mea­sures to tackle prob­lems in­clud­ing an­ti­semitism at sta­di­ums.

The new Premier League sea­son kicks off this week­end. A series of an­ti­semitic in­ci­dents dogged the last cam­paign, with the use of the word “y i d” i n chants at Tot­ten­ham Hot­spur games un­der the spot­light.

The FA has writ­ten to clubs to in­form them about the in­tro­duc­tion of a “strict li­a­bil­ity” rule which will make them re­spon­si­ble for fans’ racist be­hav­iour, even if the clubs have made ef­forts to stop such ac­tiv­ity in their sta­di­ums.

MP John Mann, chair­man of the Al­lParty Par­lia­men­tary Group Against An­ti­semitism, said he was pleased with the mea­sures be­ing adopted.

Clubs will be re­spon­si­ble for fans’ racist be­hav­iour even if they have made ef­forts to stop it

Aby War­burg

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