FIFA | SEPP BLATTER
Blatter: "Racism? Teams should be docked points or relegated"
FIFA president Sepp Blatter is "very angry" at Sunday's incident involving Pape Diop. UEFA say they "strongly condemn all forms of discrimination".
In the wake of the racist abuse suffered by Levante player Pape Diop at the hands of supporters of Atlético Madrid on Sunday, both FIFA and UEFA have hit out against the incident and underlined their stances on the punishment of these acts.
In comments published in L’Equipe, FIFA president Sepp Blatter declared that he is “very angry” at the persistence of racist behaviour in football stadiums. According to the French newspaper, Blatter said that “teams should be docked points or relegated” rather than being punished with stadium closures, indicating that these are measures that he recommended at the FIFA Congress in Mauritius last year.
Meanwhile, UEFA’s chief of press Pedro Pinto tweeted: “UEFA and its President Michel Platini strongly condemn all forms of discrimination including recent racist behaviour of fans in Spain. UEFA has tough rules and sanctions against all forms of discrimination for all of its competitions. Where instances occur outside of our jurisdiction, we support appropriate action being taken by the relevant authorities.”