Sky Sports: Antonio Rudiger - How are authorities responding to Chelsea defender's racism claim at Tottenham?

From Sky Sports News on 23/12/2019 - full article here

Damian Collins MP is standing for re-election for chairman of the DCMS select committee and says he could push to strengthen the law if instances of racism continue.

He said: "Hopefully when the committees are reformed this is something we can look at - and I would be keen to do so. I think the role that a select committee can play is to call in the minister and the relevant authorities and ask 'what have you done to take this forward', and we can make our own recommendations to the government.

"I would like to see the law strengthened so that homophobic abuse in football grounds is being treated as a criminal offence, just as racist abuse is. The legal power exists - it's a question of training and enforcement for the people that steward the grounds, making sure it's clear that it's zero tolerance.

"The law is clear. The challenge for the football authorities is how to enforce that both after the fact, but also in and around the game to discourage that behaviour - and in-game sanctions against clubs, like playing behind closed doors, or points deductions, as well as the risk of games being abandoned, I think all contributes to changing the culture."

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