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Last Updated: Sunday, 8 May, 2005, 13:25 GMT 14:25 UK
Uefa reveals point-docking plans
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Clubs could have points deducted if their fans throw missiles, under new rulings being considered by Uefa.

Such actions have become a worrying trend in the SPL and Uefa accepts that fining clubs is ineffective.

It hopes to bring in the more severe punishments for crowd misbehaviour in Champions League and Uefa Cup matches.

"We'd probably recommend (that national associations implement it)," Uefa chief executive Lars-Christer Olsson told the Sunday Herald.

"That's the nature of our organisation: we introduce rules on a European level and ask associations to implement them on the domestic level.

"I think we have now reached a level in top professional football where the income is so high for clubs - especially for players and coaches - that you can question the fine as a punishment.

"This is why it is important to introduce new measures like taking points away, for example, because we need to have supporters policing each other.

"That has happened in the campaign against racism. When a group starts making monkey noises, others tell them 'keep quiet because we're the ones who suffer'."

The SPL's initial reaction to the proposals was lukewarm however.

"We have to find a balance between getting a tool or lever of penalty that will have some effect and the realisation that the clubs are doing everything they can to address this situation," said SPL secretary Iain Blair.

"If the clubs are doing everything they can, I don't know how fair it would be to hit them with a points deduction."


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