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Last updated: Tuesday 6 Jun 2006
1XTRA NEWS: THE REAL TALK OF THE STREETS
When will the racism stop?
National Front member handing out leaflets
FIFA's finally getting tough on racism in football by penalising the clubs and not the fans. Will it make a difference?
Clubs whose fans are found guilty of racist abuse will have points taken off them or in extreme cases, relegated.

It'll be three points for a first offence, six for the second and if countries refuse to accept the new rules, they'll be kicked out of international football for up to two years.

England players like Shaun Wright-Phillips and Ashley Cole suffered racist taunts in a friendly in Spain in 2004.

Will the threat of relegation change things?
Will the new rules make racist fans rethink? Or is relegation too harsh a penalty? Does racism in football put you off the game? Should it be the racist individuals that are penalised and not the club?What do you think should be done to stop racism in football?
 
Thank you for your comments. This debate is now closed. A selection of your emails is published below
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Dustin Kun
ARE YOU CRAZY!? How will you know who is a fan or not? What about ridiculously committed fans who might sabotage another team by impersonating that team's fans? What would happen if fans or impersonating fans of one team start taunting and then get "shut up" by force from the "real" fans who don't want their team to suffer any point losses? This does not solve teh problem but rather furthers it and pushes it into other danger areas!

JEFFS
GOOD OLD FIFA! ITS ABOUT TIME THEY HAVE DECIDED TO SORT THIS ISSUE OUT. AS A FOOTBALL FAN MYSELF WHEN I GO TO GAMES I HATE HEARING RACISM CHANTS, IT DAMPENS THE ATMOSPHERE AND ANY EXCITEMENT I HAD. I THINK THE FANS WHO CHANT THESE OBSEEN RACISM MESSAGES SHOULDNT BE WORTHY OF WHO THEY ARE LET ONLY CLASS THEM AS FOOTBALL FANS. ALSO AS I HAVE ETHIC FREINDS SO WHEN I HEAR IT, IT MAKES ME FEEL SICK AT THE FACT THEY CANNOT GET ALONG WITH ANYONE BUT THEMSELVES OR THERE RACE. I THINK ITS A BIT HARSH IF FIFA START RELEGATING TEAMS AS IT ISNT THERE FAULT, BUT IF THATS THE ONLY WAY IT WILL STOP THEN GO AHEAD.

jordan
i like watchin spanish football and i cant even enjoy it anymore cos of the racist chants and acts of the fans i think all fans that are racist should face a life time football ban.

Gilo
About time aswell FIFA! How long has it taken that blatta bloke to sort it out. The idea of clubs recieving the fine instead of just the one person is a good idea becoz then the rule applies to ALL the fans, that they will all be punished becoz there team will be punished as a result of there abuse. Hopefully countries like spain will shut up or get kicked out for actions like in 04.




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