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Roberts criticises new FA racism ruling

17 May 2013 13:27

Reading striker Jason Roberts has branded the new FA ruling on racist or discriminatory abuse a "poor decision".

The FA have announced on Thursday that any player found guilty of an offence will be hit with a minimum five-match ban, with repeat offenders having it extended to 10-games with possible consequences for the clubs as well.

The punishment will apply to all discrimination cases, whether that be race, religion, sexuality or disability, but Roberts feels that the FA should have adhered to the UEFA ruling of a 10-game ban for the initial offence.

The 35-year-old made a stand against the FA and football's anti-racism group Kick It Out following their ruling on John Terry's case earlier this year, and he believes that players should have had more involvement in the decision making around the new ruling.

"While Uefa propose a 10 match ban for racism," he wrote on Twitter. "The FA decides on 5! Who do they consult on these decision? Certainly not the players.

"The last 18 months regarding equality at the FA has consisted of bad decisions, lack of will, lack of consultation and lack of leadership!

"Poor decisions on high profile cases, a weak '92' point plan and now 5 games, confirms, it is left to the players concerned to effect change."

The new ruling will come into at the start of next season having been agreed in the FA's annual general meeting.

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