The Westminster Chaplain for Sport has urged football to ensure that the “new normal” will see racism and discrimination eradicated from “the beautiful game”.
The FA sent a video message to players and clubs outlining the changes to the rules regarding racist and other discriminatory offences ahead of the new season, which begins next weekend.
Mgr Vladimir Felzmann welcomed the move, saying that those who fall foul of the rules should be dealt with in a strict and serious manner. “It’s so good to see the FA keeps on keeping on in trying to bring the beauty back into the beautiful game,” he told The Catholic Universe.
“The punishment needs to be serious enough to dissuade racists from opening their mouths. The new normal needs to be racist-clean – in grounds and anywhere.”
There will be tougher rules around discriminatory behaviour, including a sanction range for a first offence of between six and 12 matches. The FA can also now consider allegations of discriminatory conduct outside of a standard football setting, such as at a private party.
Picture: A general view of the Kick It Out painted signage on the stadium wall during a Premier League match at Stamford Bridge, London. (Steven Paston/PA).