By Matias Grez, Aleks Klosok and Darren Lewis, CNN Updated 1643 GMT (0043 HKT) October 14, 2020 (CNN)October 14, 2019 should have been a day of reckoning for European football. During a qualifying match for Euro 2020, some of England’s Black players were subjected to abhorrent racist abuse by large a section of Bulgaria fans, causing the game to be halted twice. The sounds of monkey chants and images of fans performing Nazi salutes were broadcast around the world and many believed this would be a seminal moment in football’s ongoing fight against racism. However, UEFA, European football’s governing body, was widely criticized for the one-game stadium ban and $83,000 fine it handed Bulgaria for the racist abuse, a punishment many deemed wholly inadequate, in particular as Bulgaria was already in the middle of a partial stadium ban for a previous incident of racism. Anti-racism organization Kick It Out and the Professional Footballers Association (PFA), among others, argued that the lack of Black, Asian and minority ethnic representatives on UEFA’s disciplinary panel was the root cause of the ineffective punishment it was handing out to federations for racist abuse. Read More In response, UEFA this year finally appointed former professional… Read full this story
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