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Michail Antonio: Clubs should be docked points for fans' racial abuse

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Clubs should be docked points or forced to play behind closed doors if their fans are guilty of racial abuse at games, says West Ham's Michail Antonio.

Current Uefa regulations state racist or discriminatory behaviour by fans is the responsibility of their clubs and can lead to punishments from partial stadium closures to docked points or disqualification from competitions.

In December, Chelsea suspended four supporters from attending matches while a police investigation into the alleged racial abuse of Manchester City forward Raheem Sterling was taking place.

"We strongly condemn all forms of discrimination and encourage all fans and participants who believe that they have been the subject of, or witness to, discriminatory abuse to report it through the appropriate channels: the FA, our County FA network or via our partners at Kick It Out."

"If you start playing games behind closed doors and deducting points, then the problem is inside themselves, they're going to deal with it themselves," he said.

Antonio wants to see the Football Association impose stricter sanctions on clubs where such incidents take place.

The latest in a number of recent high-profile incidents saw Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah targeted at West Ham's London Stadium last week.
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