Luis Aragones’ €3000 fine for his racist comments about Thierry Henry has prompted a furious reaction.
The Spain manager was charged after making insulting comments about Arsenal’s Thierry Henry to Gunners team-mate Jose Antonio Reyes. But the decision by the Spanish FA to impose the minimum fine on Aragones has caused consternation.
“It’s a smack in the face to all organisations fighting racism,” said British players representative Bobby Barnes.
“To fine Aragones £2,000 is a little short of despicable.
“For him to pay out less than the price of a good suit is laughable. He should have considered resigning.
“The size of the fine shows the Spanish FA don’t have a proper anti-racist policy.”
The director of the ‘Let’s kick racism out of football’ campaign, Piara Powar, was equally angered.
“The fine is a big insult, but we weren’t expecting anything else,” said Powar.
“The Spanish FA showed no urgency in dealing with this matter. They have no regard for racist issues or doing the right thing to combat the problem.
“It shows someone can make racist comments and get away with it.