Platini calls for tough action against racism

Platini calls for tough action against racismNyon, Switzerland - Europe's governing football body UEFA on Tuesday called for tough action against racism in football stadiums and said they would not rule out abandoning matches.

"It is our wish that matches are interrupted for ten minutes if there are racist chants in a stadium. There should also be stadium announcements. If the chants continue the game should be abandoned," UEFA President Michel Platini said.

"We need to be brave when there is racism on the terraces. That is UEFA's brief."

The latest high-profile incident of racism occurred on the weekend, when Juventus supporters made racist chants against a Ghana- born Inter Milan striker.

On Monday Juventus were found guilty and told they had to play their next home game behind closed doors. (dpa)