Blatter says kick out teams for fans’ racism

FIFA President Sepp Blatter wants teams to be kicked out of

competitions for racial abuse by fans.

The push for tougher anti-racism sanctions was revealed late

Saturday by Blatter in a speech in England, days after the

Manchester City team was subjected to racial abuse in Russia, which

is hosting the 2018 World Cup.

CSKA Moscow is facing UEFA disciplinary action for its fans’

abuse Wednesday of City midfielder Yaya Toure, with a partial

stadium closure for the Russian capital club’s next European match

the likely punishment.

But Blatter believes the sanctions championed by UEFA President

Michel Platini are not strong enough, saying just banning fans from

stadiums, or fining national associations or teams is not the

solution to eradicating racism from soccer.

”It has been decided by the FIFA Congress that it is a nonsense

for racism to be dealt with, with fines, you can always find money

from somebody to pay them,” Blatter told a gala dinner celebrating

the 150th anniversary of the English Football Association. ”It is

a nonsense to have matches played without spectators because it is

against the spirit of football and against the visiting team, it is

all nonsense.

”What we shall do is be very tough, we need to eliminate teams

from a competition or deduct points. Only by such decisions is it

possible to go against racism and discrimination. If we don’t do

that it will go on and go on. We have to stop it. We need the

courage to do it.”

The head of FIFA’s anti-racism task force, FIFA vice president

Jeffrey Webb, plans to meet Toure on Sunday at Stamford Bridge when

City plays Chelsea.

The FIFA Congress in May approved much tougher penalties for

serious racist abuse, including point deductions and

relegation.

”We can do something better to fight racism and

discrimination,” Blatter said Saturday. ”This is one of the

villains we have today in our game but I’m sure, with the combined

efforts of everybody we can go on, but it is only with harsh

sanctions that racism and discrimination can be washed out of

football.”

Speaking on the site of the English FA’s first meeting in 1863,

Blatter praised the world’s oldest national football association

for creating the ”perfect” environment for matches by eradicating

the hooliganism and racism that once blighted the game here.

FA President Prince William, the second in line to the British

throne, told the dinner that there is ”sadly more work to do”

still to combat racism in soccer.

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