Fifa and UEFA must take action against racist abuse of players

Responding to reports of racist chants by fans at the Bulgaria vs England match, Liberal Democrat Shadow DCMS Secretary Layla Moran said:

“It is appalling to see players subjected to this kind of abuse and discrimination.

“There is a long way to go in some areas regarding equality and inclusivity, and it is entirely right that tonight our players and staff have stood up for the values we hold here in our society.

“Both Fifa and UEFA need to take serious action against anyone found to be abusing players, and if necessary, punish countries by playing their matches behind closed doors or banning teams. This behaviour can not be tolerated.”

Cllr Ross Shipman, the Lib Dem Parliamentary Spokesperson for North East Derbyshire added:

“It’s 2019. The world should have moved beyond this kind of unacceptable behaviour; and UEFA has a duty of care to players, fans, the sport, and the international community as whole.

“I commend the Football Association for their condemnation of the behaviour and in supporting staff and players who were victims of the abuse; and they are absolutely right to call for a formal investigation.

“This isn’t about football, it’s about basic human decency.”

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