On fining and suspension in sports due to racism
Fining an association money for racist abuse directed at players from fans—or racist abuse at all—is a joke, an insult. The UEFA needs to get its act together and yes, expulse teams for their fans’ behavior. There’s a tendency to think any real punishment for this is too harsh—not just in europe or football—throwback to this painful case
in 2010 when a youth hockey coach who removed his team from the ice after an opposing player used a racist slur on one of his players was punished more severely than the person who used the racist slur.
If they’re going to fine, why don’t they make a new rule, in which black euro football players are paid double their white counterparts because “surchage for putting up with dehumanizing behavior while league puts a price on your dignity anyway”. That’s still putting a price on abuse, but you don’t have to get up and throw fans out of the arena like you should.
This should be much more of a scandal than it is, and it should hurt the reputation of the franchises more than it does.