Football clubs must be strictly punished for racism - Blatter

FIFA President Sepp Blatter has said that severe sanctions must be imposed on football clubs for manifestations of racism and discrimination such as holding matches without spectators, removing points and transferring to lower leagues.

 Severe sanctions must be imposed in cases of racism, discrimination; nothing will change without such sanctions, he said at a Sunday press conference in St. Petersburg. We organize seminars throughout the world, speak much of discrimination problems but nothing changes because football is a victim of society, all its problems are mirrored in the game, he said. Monetary fines will change nothing, Blatter said.

He said matches without spectators are the next step in combating such manifestations.

I agree that this is a bad decision, the game exists for the spectators, he added. This means that one more step should be taken and points dropped and teams transferred to a lower division. In a week's time we will be discussing the issue with the disciplinary committees of the confederations, he added.

We should be fighting this as resolutely as doping, fraud and other negative phenomena. We already approach appropriate amendments to the FIFA charter, Blatter said.

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