International Soccer - England

FA announces racism sanction

London, England (Sports Network) - England's Football Association announced Thursday that racist or discriminatory actions will carry a minimum five-match ban from next season.

"Importantly, today's agreement encompasses all elements of discrimination, not just racial abuse," said FA chairman David Bernstein.

The five-match ban will serve as the "entry level" punishment for lesser discriminatory offences with more serious infractions inducing longer suspensions.

05/16 13:02:45 ET

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