Racist and homophobic abuse will now carry five-match ban, as the FA are accused of wasting an opportunity

Racist and homophobic abuse by players will carry a minimum five-match ban from next season, the Football Association has announced.

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The sanction however is only half the 10-match minimum ban being introduced by UEFA into European competitions from next season, and campaigners have labelled the FA’s decision ‘a missed opportunity’.

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The FA’s sanction will be the ‘entry level’ punishment for the ‘least serious’ discriminatory offences with longer bans for higher level offences.

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