Wednesday, June 06, 2012

COUNTDOWN TO EURO 2012: UEFA PRESIDENT MICHEL PLATINI TELLS REFEREE TO STOP ANY MATCH OVER RACISM

Uefa president Michel Platini says the best way to tackle racism in football is for referees to stop a match whenever there is abuse. 



"Referees can finish the game. They have this power in case of racism," Platini told the BBC's David Bond.  

"That is, I think, the best way to protect the game against racism."he concluded

A BBC Panorama programme  highlighted incidents of racism at stadiums in Poland and Ukraine, who will co-host Euro 2012. 

Asked about the footage shown in Panorama's documentary, he said: "We are shocked about racists but we are trying to do something; we have to fight against that.

"I feel bad. Of course I feel bad because I am not a racist."

Platini insists officials will book any player who walks off the pitch without permission - even if they are a victim of racial abuse.

The clarification comes after Manchester City and Italy striker, Mario Balotelli threatened to walk off the pitch if he believed he was a victim. 

The Ukrainian president, Viktor Yanukovych,has downplayed fears over racist attacks in Ukraine saying hooligans were known to the authorities and security services "will be watching all the matches closely"

COURTESY OF BBC SPORT

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