Football: Uefa approves 10-game racism ban, blood tests

LONDON (AFP) - European football governing body Uefa on Thursday formally ratified plans to impose 10-game European suspensions on players and officials found guilty of racism.

Racist behaviour by supporters will initially be punished with a partial stadium closure, with a full stadium closure for a second offence.

The new measures were approved at the organisation's executive committee meeting in London, but Uefa general-secretary Gianni Infantino said individual member associations could still opt to introduce their own anti-racism sanctions, after England's Football Association announced plans for minimum five-game bans.

Uefa also announced that it will extend the use of blood tests to detect doping from next season onwards.