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Dec 11, 2012

Taylor wants standard ban for racism

PFA chief executive Gordon Taylor has told ESPN that the union is talking with the FA and is ready to bring in a standard ban for any players found guilty of racial abuse.

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In light of criticism over the handling of recent events - Chelsea skipper John Terry received a four-game ban after the FA found him guilty of racial abuse against QPR's Anton Ferdinand, while Liverpool's Luis Suarez received an eight-game ban for repeatedly abusing Manchester United's full-back Patrick Evra - Taylor revealed that he wants players to be hit with statutory bans for racial abuse, both on the field and off it.

"We are talking with the FA about having a standard ban for racial abuse by players," Taylor told ESPN. "At present the maximum is four games and that is not sufficient. It is something we have to think about carefully because we have a disciplinary structure and we need it to be in proportion, so I am not going to say what length the ban could be. Much depends on talks with the FA."

The PFA chief has already announced a six-point action plan to deal with racism in football after criticism from some of the union's members - notably PFA committee member Jason Roberts at the height of the 'Kick It Out' T-shirt campaign protest - and is "intent" on carrying it out.

Taylor's action plan calls for:

1. Speeding up the process of dealing with reported racist abuse with close monitoring of any incidents.
2. Consideration of stiffer penalties for racist abuse and to include an equality awareness programme for culprits and clubs involved.
3. An English form of the "Rooney rule" - introduced by the NFL in America in 2003 - to make sure qualified black coaches are on interview lists for job vacancies.
4. The proportion of black coaches and managers to be monitored and any inequality or progress highlighted.
5. Racial abuse to be considered gross misconduct in player and coach contracts (and therefore potentially a sackable offence).
6. Not to lose sight of other equality issues such as gender, sexual orientation, disability, anti-Semitism, Islamophobia and Asians in football.

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