Michel Platini says players who react to racism will be booked
Uefa president Michel Platini has said players will receive a yellow card if they walk off the pitch to protest against racism during Euro 2012.
Responding to comments made by Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli, who threatened to leave the field if he was abused, Platini said: “It’s a yellow card. It’s not a player – Mr Balotelli – who’s in charge of refereeing.”
Platini told the BBC: “It’s the referee who takes these decisions. Referees can finish the game. They have this power in case of racism.
“That is, I think, the best way to protect the game against racism.
“The referee has been given advice and he can stop the game if there are problems.”
Except they don’t stop they game, do they Michel? They might mention it in their match report and you might see fit to handout some ridiculously insignificant fine.
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