Blatter seeks tougher penalties for racist abuse20 December 2005

FIFA president Sepp Blatter has conceded that fines for racism in football have not been effective and is calling for a new unified approach. He wants confederations and national associations to issue defined penalties, including docking points and excluding clubs from competitions for persistent breaches.

Mr Blatter said, “It is clear that in terms of manifestations of racism, a financial sanction has not been adequate to fight it. We think we will have a unity of doctrine in the national associations and confederations and that this unity will be laid out in January.

It will mean taking away points, or starting to take away points from the team, which could also lead to relegation, and also suspensions or exclusion.”