It’s kicking off — FA gets tough
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