Arsenal legend Ian Wright took to Twitter to vent his frustration towards European football’s governing body UEFA over their extravagant ad campaigns regarding racism but – in his opinion – a lack of adequate punishment.
UEFA No to Racism makes me laugh! Use all the top players and get great profile,and then hand out paltry fines and punishments. #allforshow
— Ian Wright (@IanWright0) March 18, 2015
UEFA have been criticised for a number of years over their lenient punishments for racism offences, with feeble fines handed out to the guilty clubs and players, but in fairness to the association, that has since improved.
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Also, the most recent incident of racism involved fans from the Premier League – Chelsea fans chanting their pride at being racist when refusing to let a black man on the Paris Metro – which could highlight a broader issue that hasn’t been tackled on these shores yet.
Over the past 18 months, UEFA have implemented more strict policies which was evident in their punishment of CSKA Moscow who has to play behind closed doors for this season’s Champions League group stage games.