UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin explains at the microphone of CNN Sport that he could ban players from European competitions in the event of racism. The Slovenian leader also calls on governments to act to combat this scourge.
“We are ready to impose sanctions.” Aleksander Ceferin is stepping up to the plate against racism. The UEFA president specifies on CNN Sport what the offending players could risk: “The sanctions for racism, for example, could lead to what we prohibit (the players guilty of racism) from playing our competitions”, explains the leader of the instance.
In the Europa League, Ondrej Kudela was recently suspended 10 games for racist behavior against Glen Kamara, during the match between Slavia Prague and Rangers on March 18. Another more recent example: Mouctar Diakhaby had complained of racist remarks on the part of Juan Cala during Cadiz-Valencia in La Liga and had left the lawn. Even if the Spanish League had not succeeded in proving the French defender right, for lack of evidence.
Despite these events, Ceferin is rather satisfied with the work of UEFA: “I think we are improving. It is not an easy battle but we will do everything we can. We do not want racism in football. We don’t want sexism, homophobia, any other discrimination. “
“We need help from governments”
The president of the European body also rejects criticism of governments, which he considers not reactive enough. “We are fighting. A lot of people say ‘you just punish them’. What can we do ?, asks Ceferin. We need help from governments, from society. Children should be educated properly. and understand that there are good and bad people in the world, that there are no different religions, colors or sexual orientations. “
“We will do our part and I think governments should do their part and all the institutions,” concludes Aleksander Ceferin, who will ultimately not be able to prevent the founding clubs of the Super League from playing their Champions League semi-final. Even if sanctions could well fall this time.