Sports: Football fans call for racism to be punished with points deductions

Nearly two-thirds of football fans across the world would support tougher penalties for clubs or national teams which fail to tackle racist abuse.

Kick It Out, in conjunction with live-score app Forza Football, has released the results of the largest recorded study into racism in football.

Kick It Out’s George Starkey-Midha told talkSPORT: “There is an appetite for punishments such as points deductions or more comprehensive stadium bans.”

Kick It Out have released the figures

These would be administered only in instances of persistent abuse, meaning clubs would not be penalised if one supporter embarks on a tirade.

27,000 people from 38 countries responded to the survey.

50% of UK fans have witnessed racist abuse at a match, yet only 40% would know how to report it.

Kick It Out founder Lord Ouseley said: “Around every football club there should be signs everywhere, there should be opportunities for people to download apps and complain either to clubs directly or to Kick It Out, or to the FA or the appropriate league.”

Fans were also asked whether they would feel comfortable with a player of a different ethnic or racial background to them representing their club or country, with an average of 84 per cent saying they would.

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