Zurich - FIFA has received a complaint of racism against Nigeria coach
Stephen Keshi after he described a rival as "a white dude" who didn't
know about Africa and who should go back to his native Belgium.
declined to comment further on Wednesday and only said it had received the
complaint against Keshi, who led Nigeria to this year's African Cup of
Nations title in South Africa.
Malawi coach Tom Saintfiet said the
Football Association of Malawi reported Keshi for comments apparently
made on an African TV show, where Keshi said Saintfiet was "crazy" and
"mad" for suggesting the southern Nigerian city of Calabar was unsafe
for a World Cup qualifier between the countries next month.
Keshi went on to say the Belgian "is not an African person, he is a white dude. He should go back to Belgium."
Saintfiet said that if FIFA is serious about tackling racism in football, it has to "take it seriously in both directions."
toughened its punishments for racism at its recent annual conference in
Mauritius in May after incidents in England and Italy where black
players were targeted, but a white coach accusing a black coach of
racism is rare.
"If a European said something of this nature about
an African, you would have a huge problem. I am against racism in all
directions," Saintfiet told the BBC.
The Nigeria Football Federation did not immediately respond to requests for comment.