In the wake of their Champions League encounter with Chelsea on April 2, Paris Saint-Germain are in hot water over alleged racist acts by their fans.
According to Sky Sports, UEFA will look into possible disciplinary action against PSG stemming from the behavior of their fans:
UEFA open disciplinary proceedings against PSG over alleged racist behaviour of fans in Champions League game against Chelsea #SSN— Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) May 21, 2014
Per ITV.com, UEFA released an official statement outlining the circumstances surrounding the proceedings.
Disciplinary proceedings have been opened against PSG on May 16, 2014 for alleged offenses concerning 'racism, other discriminatory conduct and propaganda' at their UEFA Champions League quarterfinal played against Chelsea in Paris. The UEFA control and disciplinary body will decide on the matter on July 17, 2014. We do not make any further comment until the official disciplinary decision is announced by end of July.
BBC Sport had more on the allegations against the PSG fans:
Uefa has opened disciplinary proceedings against Paris St-Germain over allegations that their supporters threw bottles and spat at disabled Chelsea fans.
The Chelsea fans sat below the home supporters during the Champions League quarter-final first leg on 2 April in Paris, which PSG won 3-1.
Uefa has never before charged a team with abusing disabled fans.
According to Kim Willsher of The Guardian, fans of both clubs clashed in a Paris tourist area before the match, and that apparently carried over into Parc de Princes.
The fact that UEFA is investigating the situation is promising, but it all comes down to the punishment. Racism has been rampant in European football for quite some time, and that is partly because UEFA's disciplinary actions haven't always been stern enough.
Among those who is skeptical about UEFA truly dropping the hammer on PSG is Darren Lewis of Daily Mirror:
Time to get out the petty cash PSG as UEFA start proceedings over racism. Another £50m? Nah! This isn't FPP! About 5,000 euros should do it.— Darren Lewis (@MirrorDarren) May 21, 2014
How should UEFA penalize PSG to prevent racist acts in the future?
Fans who engage in racist activity won't stop if their clubs simply get slapped on the wrist. Massive fines, restrictions in during the transfer period and perhaps even forfeiture of points in the standings need to come into play.
If UEFA starts to hit teams and their fans where it really hurts, then maybe there will finally be some progress in eradicating racism from European football.
UEFA has a chance to make an example of PSG, but the organization's track record makes it extremely difficult to believe that anything markedly different will be done.
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