FA’s Greg Clarke asks Uefa to hand referees power to take action on racism

• Uefa’s three-step protocol ‘needs to evolve’ says Clarke
• Uefa president says referees will be urged to be ‘brave’

The Football Association chairman, Greg Clarke, has called for Uefa to make it easier for referees to halt or abandon matches when they hear supporters shouting racist abuse.

Speaking at the Equal Game conference at Wembley, Clarke said that the threshold for Uefa’s three-step protocol, which dictates how officials should respond to racism, needed to be far lower – and even be applied when one fan is abusive.

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