September 10, 2013 / 2:42 PM / 5 years ago

UEFA to take tough measures to eliminate racism - Platini

BUDAPEST (Reuters) - UEFA is ready to step up the fight against racism in soccer with tough measures including long bans on players and closure of stadiums, its president Michel Platini said on Tuesday.

UEFA President Michel Platini attends the draw for the 2013/2014 UEFA Europa League Cup soccer competition at Monaco's Grimaldi Forum in Monte Carlo August 30, 2013. REUTERS/Jean Pierre Amet

“We must do everything to clear racism so that there are no such incidents at any game,” Platini told a joint news conference in Budapest with Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban and Hungarian football association Chairman Sandor Csanyi.

Platini, speaking via a translator, said UEFA had decided to ban players or coaches making racist comments for at least 10 games, adding that stadiums where such incidents recur could be closed for good.

Platini declined to comment about a remark made by FIFA president Sepp Blatter on Monday that awarding the 2022 World Cup to Qatar may well have been “a mistake”.

Csanyi said Hungary would be making a bid to be one of the host venues for the 2020 European Championship.

Reporting by Budapest newsroom; Writing by Gergely Szakacs

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