Football must lead anti-racism fight, says Uefa's Platini
GENEVA (AFP) - Football must lead the fight against racism inside and outside the game, Michel Platini, head of the sport's European governing body Uefa told a United Nations meeting on Monday.
As the globe's most popular sport, the iconic former France international said, football has a particular role to play in confronting prejudice.
"Football is honour-bound, by virtue of that very popularity, to promote values which are able to make society more tolerant of diversity," Mr Platini told campaigners and diplomats at a session on racism and sport at the UN's European offices in Geneva.
Over recent years, Uefa and its global football counterpart Fifa have increased the severity and number of punishments able to be imposed for racist offences.