Great day in the morning! The pizza's finally here and just under three years. Damn...
Almost three years after Luis Aragones came under international fire for calling Thierry Henry a "black shit", Spain has finally passed a law that would penalize clubs for instances of racial abuse against players. I say international because Spanish media and politicians defended and allowed Aragones to stay on as Spainsh national coach in spite of his refusal to admit wrongdoing.
For extreme cases, the Law against Violence, Racism and Intolerance in Sport, which was approved by the lower house of parliament on Thursday, also proposes stadium closures for between four matches and a whole season.Stiff fines of up to 90,000 euros could be imposed on clubs, while punishments will also be available for individual sportsmen, referees and club directors.The law has been passed to the upper house and is expected to be in place for next season.
Oh by the way, Aragones "was cleared of racist conduct concerning the incident by a Spanish court earlier this year" even though he admitted using the derogatory term.