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Blatter: FIFA must do more against racism

Blatter says FIFA must do better fighting racism incidents at next World Cup in Russia
Posted on July 14, 2014 at 12:00 a.m. | Updated on July 14, 2014 at 11:23 a.m.

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — FIFA President Sepp Blatter has criticized the way discrimination incidents were dealt with at World Cup matches.

Blatter says “I am not at all happy with the way we fought against racism.”

The FIFA president says he spoke with Russia’s President Vladimir Putin at Sunday’s final about making the issue a priority at the 2018 World Cup there.

Blatter and Brazil state President Dilma Rousseff had said this World Cup would take a stand against discrimination.

However, reported incidents of fans chanting gay slurs, displaying far-right banners and wearing black face-up make brought no disciplinary action.

FIFA’s own racism task force chairman, Jeffrey Webb, described a “disconnect” between his group and FIFA’s disciplinary panel.




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 In this Thursday, July 17, 2014 photo construction workers build a commercial complex in Springfield, Ill. The state jobless rate has dropped for four straight months and is at its lowest point since October 2008. Illinois has lagged the country as a whole in its recovery from recession, and the state's unemployment rate has been among the worst in the country for months. Thursday's report provides signs that Illinois may be starting to catch up. Construction companies added 3,500 jobs in June, an increase of 1.8 percent. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman)

Updated on July 20, 2014 at 11:14 a.m.
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