EPL to start minimum 5-game ban

May 16, 2013
By ESPN.com news services
LONDON -- Racist and homophobic abuse by players in England will carry a minimum five-match ban from next season.

The Football Association says the sanction will be the entry-level punishment for the least serious discriminatory offenses, with longer bans possible.

The FA Council agreed Thursday to the sanctions first reported by The Associated Press on Monday.

For second offenses, there will be a minimum 10-game ban, which UEFA has urged national associations in ...

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