Punishments for antisemitic chants could be ramped up
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Punishments for antisemitic chants could be ramped up

Sports minister Mims Davies chaired a parliamentary summit of football executives, former players and charities to draw up plans. 

Chelsea's home ground, Stamford Bridge. (Photo credit: Victoria Jones/PA Wire)
Chelsea's home ground, Stamford Bridge. (Photo credit: Victoria Jones/PA Wire)

Punishments handed to antisemitic football fans could be ramped up under a widespread Government review of discrimination in the sport.

Sports minister Mims Davies chaired a parliamentary summit of football executives, former players and charities to draw up plans.

Football chiefs will “look at the current sanctioning regime and consider if improvements are needed to further act as a deterrent” as part of the review.

The proposals have been backed by the FA, the Premier League and the EFL, which all had representatives at the summit on Monday.

A joint statement from the three bodies said “recent events have demonstrated that there is clearly much more to do” to oust racism.

“We all acknowledged the responsibility we have in using our popularity and reach to encourage passionate but positive support of teams and players, and to continuing to ensure that inclusion is at the centre of all our grassroots and community programmes across the country.”

Recent incidents include allegations of racist chanting at a Europa League match in Hungary.

It was claimed that Chelsea supporters used antisemitic language in a derogatory chant about Tottenham during the 2-2 draw against Vidi.

Davies said: “Complacency is not an option. We have a duty of care to take a zero-tolerance approach and stamp out discriminatory behaviour.

“I’m encouraged by how football has come together today and committed to doing more, through positive action.

“This is just the first step, but by working together and taking responsibility we can help ensure that there is inclusivity at every level of the game.”

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