Tottenham Hotspur duo Jermain Defoe and Aaron Lennon were the subject of reported racist chanting from travelling Lazio supporters in their Europa League draw at White Hart Lane on Thursday and AntI-Racism campaigner Piara Powar has demanded they be punished.
The head of UEFA, Michel Platini was in attendance in North London and he is said to be waiting for the officials to submit their reports before any decision is made. But last year Porto were fined a mere £16,700 for racist abuse by their supporters in the Champions League and it seems Powar wants harsher punishments this time around.
“UEFA normally operate a ‘three strikes and you’re out’ policy, and I think Lazio are at first base in that respect, but if (UEFA) really want to set the bar high, if they really want to send out a strong message, then I think they can do so regardless of whether it’s a first or second offence,” Powar told the Daily Mail.
“I therefore think that UEFA could move directly to something like a match behind closed doors (punishment).
“They could suspend that punishment, perhaps, and then if something happens further down the line, then they can trigger that.
“Lazio are a strong club. They have been part of the European football scene for a long time. There needs to be quite a hard symbolic action taken when these instances occur.
“This punishment is one way of waking the club and the fans up to some of the problems that they face.”