Scottish Premier League

SFA to vote on crackdown

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Mon, 10 Jun 2013 18:08:00

The Scottish Football Association is set to vote on tough new measures to counter racism and discrimination.

Among the new deterrents being considered by the governing body are a minimum five-game ban for offending players as well as points deductions and stadium bans for clubs who allow fans to shout racist and offensive chants.

The punishments will be considered when the SFA holds its Annual General Meeting at Hampden on Tuesday.

Both FIFA and UEFA have taken up strict stances on tackling unacceptable conduct in recent months and the SFA say they are now adopting the same "zero-tolerance" attitude.

Campbell Ogilvie, the SFA president, and chief executive Stewart Regan both attended last month's FIFA Congress, where anti-discrimination sanctions were discussed.

Regan said: "Currently the regulations in Scotland are not as robust as those adopted by UEFA. The ability to take stronger action should act as a deterrent, as it does when you look at instances during European matches.

"Essentially, the resolution is about asking the members: 'What do you want for the future atmosphere inside our grounds?'.

"At a time when we are looking to unite the two league bodies, we should be doing all we can to enhance the atmosphere and to encourage and excite a new generation of supporters."

A total of 45 resolutions will be discussed at the Hampden meeting - with a 75 per cent majority required to pass each motion.

As well as the beefed-up measures to tackle racism, the SFA members will vote on proposals for the creation of a new Lowland League - a key part of the pyramid structure recommended in the McLeish Review of Scottish Football.

If approved, the new set-up could be formed in time for the start of next season, clearing the way for play-offs to the bottom tier of senior football.

"It is a really exciting development and something the Scottish FA has supported as part of the five principles for league reconstruction - a single league body, fairer financial distribution, parachute payments, play-offs and the pyramid," Regan added.

"There has to be a meritocracy in the bottom tier of the senior game and the pyramid will provide greater competition."

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