UEFA President Michel Platini says Euro 2012 referees have the power to stop games to protect the tournament against racism.
WARSAW, POLAND (JUNE 6, 2012) (REUTERS) -UEFA president Michel Platini said on Wednesday (June 6) that the most effective way to stop racist behaviour in stadiums is for referees to stop the game.
Speaking at the launch of the anti-racism Euro 2012 Respect campaign in Warsaw , two days before the start if the tournament, Platini said the referee will have the power to stop the game if he deems fan behaviour interferes with the game.
"We have taken some substantial measures with the UEFA executive committee to give referees the permission to stop the match, and to recommence it after an announcement over the loudspeakers, and if necessary to terminate the match, to end if definitively in the case of repetitive racist incidents," Platini said told reporters at a news conference where he was joined by Respect ambassadors, UEFA chief referee Pierluigi Collina and Dutch midfielder Clarence Seedorf.
The campaign, aimed at football fans, players, officials and TV audiences will be visible through a 30 second TV spot which will be broadcast in all European territories at half-time during matches, in the fan zones and on giant screens at the stadiums.
As part of the Respect campaign, implemented by Football against Racism in Europe (FARE), two FARE international monitors will be present at each match to identify any racist behaviour and bring any problems to the referee's attention, who then has the power to stop the game.