Zurich - 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.
does it end?" he asked. "How far can we go? To what extent can we
expect that a game is stopped, by players walking off the field?
we stop it by deducting points or by relegating a team? Or will this
lead to persons coming to the stadium wanting to stop the game
intentionally? There is so much passion in football."
Blatter told reporters: "We have to do something but the danger is if we
say the match will be replayed, or there will be a deduction of points
or whatever, this can open the door for groups of hooligans to create
"That is why the control of the stadium will be essential."
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.
"They say it must be done all around
the world, it must be in all disciplinary committees and associations
and leagues and it must be the same standard," Blatter said.
also criticised the situation in Italy saying it was a "shame" that a
former second division defender who denounced a match-fixing attempt had
been shunned and could not get a new contract.
"We had the case
of Simone Farina, and guess what happened? Italian clubs refused to sign
him. He denounced football officials and they didn't want to sign him
any more... what a shame."
Blatter also hit out at criticism of
FIFA and turned to politics as he criticised the European Union's
handling of the financial crisis in Cyprus, Greece and Spain and the
politics of austerity
"Cyprus is a country with one million
inhabitants, and in this country, in great financial difficulties,
people devised a system where investors have to pay the bill directly.
you think this would have been possible for 10 million Greeks or 50
million Spaniards, would anyone have had the courage? But with a small
country, there they have done it.
"In my early studies, I learned
that if I want to help someone, I shouldn't pay his debts, I have to
give him money so he can make investments to get the economy going
again, to create jobs and stimulate consumption.
"Then the profit from this can be used to pay back debt, but if someone else pays my debt, I become dependent."
He also turned his attention towards Switzerland, suggesting his compatriots devoted too much time to futile matters.
it admissible to discuss the quality of veal sausages when many people
in this world have nothing to eat or drink?" he said.