Tuesday, 19 June 2012

What's worse than Racism? Advertising!

Well according to UEFA it is.

Nicklas Bendtner was fined €100,00 for revealing "Paddy Power" underwear during the current Euro 2012 championships.  

Meanwhile Croatia have been fined €80,000 for their fans racist abuse of Super Mario Balotelli.

It's good to see punishments increasing (they have been pathetically low in the past for racism, in the past Croatia have also been fined the equivalent of under £15,000 for racist chanting against Emile Heskey) UEFA are still getting their priorities wrong.  It's one thing to talk a tough game against racism but surely their actions need to back this up.  (I wonder if there was also only an increase in the penalty to Croatia because of their fans being found guilty in 2008 as well?)  

I would be a lot stricter.  This is at least their second offence, fine them (more) and make them play their next home qualifier behind closed doors.  If they offend again make them play the entire campaign without any fans.  

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