FIFA president Sepp Blatter cool on idea of relegation of expulsion of teams as punishments for racism
ZURICH, SWITZERLAND (APRIL 5, 2013) (SKY GERMANY) - FIFA president Sepp Blatter has expressed misgivings about the idea of relegation and points deductions as punishments for racism, suggesting it could encourage fans to deliberately try and get matches stopped.
In January, the 77-year-old Swiss proposed the possible introduction of such sanctions for teams whose fans were guilty of racism but appeared to back away from that stance during a speech at an event in Zurich on Friday (April 5).
"This problem of discrimination and racism, where does it end?" asked Blatter.
"Can we stop it by deducting points or by relegating a team? Or will this lead to persons coming to the stadium wanting to disrupt the game intentionally? This is no simple solution. There is so much emotion and passion in this game. People don't recognise the limits anymore when there is so much passion."
Blatter said that, on the suggestion of the world players' union FIFPro, a resolution would be put to the annual FIFA Congress is May asking for uniform sanctions worldwide.