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Fans back idea of points deductions to curb racism in football

audience-1866738_1920The idea of deducting points from countries or clubs whose fans are found guilty of racist abuse has the backing of nearly two thirds of football supporters, according to a new survey on Wednesday. In the study of 27,000 fans from 38 countries — conducted by anti-racism group Kick It Out and live-score app Forza Football — 60% of respondents said they would support points deductions, while 54% of supporters said they had witnessed racist abuse while watching a game. Docking points from a team could include instances such as Chelsea’s Champions League clash against Paris Saint-Germain in 2015, where traveling fans of the English Premier League club physically stopped a man from getting on the Paris metro, suggested the survey’s organizers.  In recent months the German Football Federation has come under scrutiny after star player Mesut Özil, who has Turkish heritage, announced his retirement from international football for what he called a “feeling of racism and disrespect.” In the survey, 77% of German football fans said they feel comfortable with a player of different ethnic or racial background representing their national or club team. Amongst Europe’s top five leagues, this figure is lowest amongst Italian fans (71%). In 2017, Ghanaian footballer Sulley Muntari said he received racial abuse every game playing in Italy’s Serie A.

 

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