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UEFA came under criticism once again

Joanne Roque     on 20 Jun 11:44 am     Football     344   0  

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UEFA came under criticism once again after Croatia were fined £64,561 for racism whilst Nicklas Bendtner received a fine of £80,000 for revealing sponsored pants .

Criticism hit the social networking sites Facebook and Twitter with Premier league stars Rio Ferdinand and Vincent Kompany criticising UEFA and FIFA President Sepp Blatter.

Croatia’s fine for fans abuse of Italy and Man City striker Maria Ballotelli was £15,459 less than Niklas Bendtner’s fine.

City captain Kompany called on Uefa to "review their priorities", while Ferdinand tweeted: "Uefa are you for real? £80,000 fine for Bendtner. All of the racism fines together don't even add up to that?!"

Kompany added, “Surely if you were a sponsor, you would consider racism as a more dangerous association than the damage caused by commercial opportunism?”

Ferdinand, whose brother Anton Ferdinand is at the centre of a racism battle with Chelsea’s John Terry, was controversially dropped from England's Euro 2012 squad, also hit out at Uefa president Michel Platini.

"Uefa are not serious," he said. "Platini was a great player but him and his colleagues alienate themselves with exactly this type of rubbish."

Kompany agreed, tweeting: "Uefa might need to review their order of priorities, don't you think?

"Surely if you were a sponsor, you would consider racism as a more dangerous association than the damage caused by commercial opportunism?"

Alleged racist chanting in the Spain-Italy and Russia-Czech Republic games is also subject to investigation.

Germany's football federation has been charged over the "improper conduct" of fans after observers from anti-discrimination group Fare reported seeing a neo-Nazi banner in the Germany section in the 1-0 win over Denmark .

A Uefa spokesman said: "It is up to the disciplinary committee to decide on the sanctions (in each individual case) and the written reasons (for Bendtner's punishment) are being sent to the Danish FA."

Before the tournament, Platini rejected suggestions that Euro 2012 would be overshadowed by instances of racism. After BBC’s Panorama highlighted incidents at grounds in Poland and Ukraine.

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