The Prime Minister tightens the penalties for racism against fans

The Premier League has introduced new measures to tackle discrimination in matches before the start of the new season, toughening penalties and imposing permanent penalties on fans to prevent them from entering stadiums anymore.

The 20 clubs in the English Premier League have agreed to impose sanctions throughout the duration of the competition, including a ban on people who have acted abusively towards any employee, player, referee, manager or fan attending a match at the club.

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“The Premier League and our clubs condemn all forms of discriminatory and abusive behaviour. The commitment of all clubs to enforce the ban across the league shows that there is no room for discrimination,” Premier League chief executive Richard Masters said.

“Football is a diverse sport, bringing communities of all backgrounds together. We invite fans to join us and our clubs to help tackle discrimination by challenging and reporting abuse wherever they see it.”

The Premier League confirmed this month that players from all teams will continue to kneel at the start of matches this season to further highlight their opposition to racism.

The new measures will also cover online abuse, and the Premier League said it was continuing to work with clubs to encourage social media companies and authorities to take more preventive measures.

The announcement came on the day Twitter shared an analysis claiming the UK was “by far” the main source of racist posts targeting England players after the Euro 2020 final in which they lost to Italy on penalties.

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