UEFA's Executive Committee completed its first day of deliberations on Tuesday at the committee's latest meeting in Bucharest, Romania.
The committee, chaired by UEFA President Michel Platini, was meeting for the first time in its new lineup, following the election of seven new members at the XXXIII Ordinary UEFA Congress in Copenhagen in March. (Click here for details.)
Possible actions against racism
UEFA's executive body discussed possible actions to be taken in the case of racist behaviour at any of UEFA's European matches. "The UEFA President Michel Platini proposed that strong and decisive action, in line with his 'zero tolerance' approach, should be taken in terms of Law 5 of the Laws of the Game, allowing the referee to stop, suspend, or abandon the match because of outside interference of any kind," said a UEFA statement on Tuesday. "The Executive Committee will now examine more concrete guidelines for the practical implication of such action at its next meeting in Vilnius, Lithuania, on 1/2 July," UEFA added.
Monaco Charity Award
The Executive Committee also approved the annual UEFA Monaco Charity Award, amounting to CHF 1 million, which in 2009 will be presented to the UK National Association of Disabled Supporters (NADS) for a four-year development programme for their Centre for Access to Football in Europe (CAFE) project. The award is presented at UEFA's Monaco events in August which herald the start of the new European club competition season.
The Executive Committee also reviewed organisational issues, including the appointment of new committee chairmen and deputy chairmen for the period between 2009 and 2011, given the new composition of the UEFA Executive Committee, and the new list will be effective as of 1 July 2009.
UEFA Grassroots Day
UEFA's commitment to grassroots football has also been strengthened, with the committee agreeing that Wednesday 19 May 2010 – during the week building up to the first UEFA Champions League final to be played on a Saturday – should be designated as UEFA Grassroots Day 2010, in order to celebrate and embrace grassroots football across Europe. The 2010 UEFA Champions League final will be held in Madrid.
Romania was chosen to host the 2010/11 UEFA European Under-19 Championship final round, and Italy will stage the 2010/11 UEFA European Women's Under-19 Championship final round. On Wednesday, the committee will discuss and decide on the host cities for UEFA EURO 2012™ in Poland and Ukraine.
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