FIFA President Sepp Blatter Proposes Clubs Be Docked Points For Racist Abuses
DAVOS Switzerland (AP) - Soccer clubs should be docked points if their fans or players use racist abuse because fines don't have enough effect FIFA President Sepp Blatter said Thursday.
"I am so disappointed. It is a shame for football that in the year 2006 you still have racism Blatter told a press conference at the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum.
"The only way to fight this is to do exactly what we have done when it came to violence. We have to take away the points because it happens in those leagues where the money is sufficient so even if you gave a fine of US$100000 it would be paid the next day.
"That does not change the attitude so you have to go into a sporting sanction."
Legal experts at soccer's world governing body will decide in February what measures need to be taken to strengthen FIFA's anti-racism laws possibly including relegation suspension or expulsion.
FIFA's executive committee will then recommend possible sanctions to national soccer federations at a March 17 meeting.
Former soccer star Pele said the problem of racism in soccer grounds appeared worse than when he was playing because top-class teams contain more nonwhite players now.
"When I started to play we didn't see black people in other national teams only in Brazil Pele said.
"Today you have black players all over the world.""