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UEFA ban Mijailovic after racist taunts

BenniWell, it seems that UEFA are finally growing some balls. After ranting on WhoAteAllThePies about the problem of racism in the modern game, it would seem that UEFA's officials are waking up and addressing the problem. In Blackburn's game against Polish side Wisla Krakow, Benni McCarthy was subject to racial abuse from Serbian defender Nikola Mijailovic. Where UEFA would normally mew a meek excuse, they've gone and done the right thing by giving the player a five match ban.

Blackburn manager Mark Hughes had already called for strong action to be taken against Mijailovic and he got his wish. In a statement Blackburn said "UEFA's decision sends out a clear message that racism will not - and should not - be tolerated in the game. We appreciate UEFA's speed in dealing with this important issue."

A statement on UEFA's website confirmed: "Wisla Krakow defender Nikola Mijailovic has been banned by UEFA for five UEFA club competition matches for racial abuse of Blackburn Rovers FC striker Benni McCarthy." Mijailovic now faces missing the rest of the group games and has until Monday to appeal against the ban. Let's just hope that UEFA stand firm and make an example of the player.

A spokesman for the Kick It Out organisation Piara Powar said "This is one of the final cogs in the bigger picture in terms of making sure that in every incident there is proper consideration of it. Where we can sanctions are applied. A ban for five matches is strong stuff and very welcome. It is the sort of sanction that people across Europe will think 'There is a message to be learned here'. The concern in the past has been that many incidents have gone unpunished. It is time we were able to demonstrate that racism is being challenged in European football. UEFA are doing a lot of work in this field and this guy (Mijailovic) has been nailed in the right way."

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October 27, 2006 in Blackburn Rovers, European football, News balls | Permalink

Comments

Fuck,and now,what about our chances with Nancy?!!?...Ok,they were grim anyway...Eh Nicola have finally been given what he deserved,not to mention beating up Polish students or running away from the shooting police,being one hell drunk...and he's still in good mood...

Posted by: cynthian | Oct 31, 2006 12:39:29 AM

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