NYON, Switzerland - Players making racist remarks or gestures could be banned for up to five matches, according to new UEFA disciplinary regulations announced Monday.
Anyone who insults the human dignity of a person or group of persons, by whatever means, including on grounds of color, race, religion or ethnic origin will now face a maximum five-game ban.
In addition, any club whose supporters engage in racist or discriminatory conduct will receive a minimum fine of $24,250.
UEFA also said it can impose additional sanctions, such as forcing teams to play in an empty stadium, closing grounds, awarding matches by default, deducting points and disqualification from competitions.
European soccer’s governing body said that any form of extremist ideological propaganda is banned.
The regulations also state that players who simulate fouls or injuries to dupe the referee into making an incorrect decision will face a maximum two-match suspension.
If a team has five players or more shown yellow cards in the same match, then it can be punished under new “improper conduct of a team” regulations.
UEFA added that the statutes of limitation regarding doping offenses have been brought into line with requirements laid down by the World Anti-Doping Agency. Prosecution is now barred at the end of eight years for doping offenses.
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