Football bodies unable to issue sanctions over racist banner

Martin Caparrotta
By Martin Caparrotta
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FIFA and UEFA have admitted they are powerless to take action against Russian club Lokomotiv Moscow after a racist banner was displayed at a recent match.

Fans appeared to celebrate Peter Odemwingie’s summer move to the Premier League with a banner showing a banana and displaying the message: “Thanks West Brom”.

But both governing bodies have released statements saying they cannot issue sanctions to the club nor the Russian Football Union.

“Only the competition organiser can issue sanctions,” read a FIFA statement. “If it was a league match, the Russian FA would be responsible, and if it was a UEFA competition match, UEFA would be responsible.”

UEFA revealed the same situation: “This issue does not come under UEFA’s jurisdiction, since it is, of course, up to the national associations to regulate and run their domestic leagues, including disciplinary matters.”

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