President of football’s world governing body Sepp Blatter this week took a strong stance against racism in football.
In London to help celebrate the English Football Association’s 150th anniversary the often controversial Blatter, who once claimed any racist abuse between players on the pitch should be settled by a handshake – called for zero tolerance and strict punishment.
Blatter said: “We shall be very tough. The control and committees of discipline, they have to eliminate one team of a competition or deduct points. Only by such decisions it is possible to go against these racism and discrimination.”
The 77-year-old who has been FIFA president since 1998 helped set up a new anti-racism resolution in May.
It has powers to force teams to play matches behind closed doors for racist incidents while stricter sanctions are in place for repeat offenses.