Blatter rejects deducting points for racism

By Will Jones

The Fifa president says that sanctioning clubs by taking points off them when their fans are racist will not work and suggested it would be dangerous for crowd safety

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Sepp Blatter has rejected the notion of deducting points from clubs who have vocally racist fans at matches as a way of tackling discrimination in football.

The 77-year-old has suggested such sanctions in the past but, after considering what effects this decision might have, he has now backed down from the suggested solution.

Speaking at a conference in Zurich, the Fifa president said such action could provoke further crowd disturbances.

“Can we stop it by deducting points or by relegating a team? Or will this lead to persons coming to the stadium wanting to stop the game intentionally? There is so much passion in football,” Blatter told reporters.

“We have to do something but the danger is if we say the match will be replayed, or there will be a deduction of points or whatever, this can open the door for groups of hooligans to create these problems.”

In order to combat prejudice in the game the Swiss believes all leagues and clubs must make a commitment to a unified stance against racism.

“They say it must be done all around the world, it must be in all disciplinary committees and associations and leagues and it must be the same standard,” added Blatter.

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