Hughton Hits Back!

19 October 2012 11:46
Chris Hughton, the only black manager in the Barclays Premier League, has called for UEFA to be "brave".

The former Toon boss says any national associations found guilty of racist abuse from supporters to play behind closed doors or be banned.  

Chris Hughton: "This gives UEFA a really good opportunity now to stamp their authority on this situation. It is not the first time.

"Fortunately here in England we have done a lot of good work and have reaped the benefits from it.

"However, it seems to be a situation in Europe which seems to be rearing its ugly head on a lot of occasions.

"There is an opportunity now for them to be big and brave, to stamp down on it and I sincerely hope they do, because it deserves it.

"What we have seen over the last few years are fines which are so minimal, they are no deterrent.

"The only way for it to be a deterrent, certainly abroad, is to play games behind closed doors and ban teams.

"Fines don't work, they are paid off very quickly and they are no deterrent.

"All of us in the game want to see improvements made.

"We have made great strides here in England, and for that to happen abroad, there has to be stronger deterrents.

"There is no doubt none of us want to go through those circumstances or for our players to, but there has to be a correct way of doing it, that is from team leadership to the referee. The referee does have a responsibility to act upon what he sees and hears.

"There has to be correct procedure - any player that happens to has to make his captain and his manager aware of what the circumstance is.

"It is then a responsibility for the referee, and he has it within his powers to act upon that. That has to be the correct way of going about it."



Source: Newcastle United Mad


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