Posted: Monday May 13, 2013 3:02 PM

English football set for 5-game minimum racism ban

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LONDON (AP) -The English Football Association is due to vote this week to introduce minimum five-game bans for racial abuse.

People familiar with the situation say the sanction will rise if there are aggravating circumstances. It has been proposed in response to concerns about a resurgence of racism in English football.

The people spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the details ahead of the vote at the FA annual general meeting on Thursday.

FA chairman David Bernstein said last week that the organization is preparing to present new anti-racism measures.

In the past two years, Liverpool striker Luis Suarez and Chelsea captain John Terry have been banned for racial abuse. Suarez was suspended for eight games, while Terry received half that punishment.

 
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