Blatter admits relegating clubs over racist abuse is unworkable
Fifa president Sepp Blatter has admitted that docking points or relegating clubs if their fans are found guilty of racist abuse and violence is unworkable.
Fifa will vote at its congress next month to try to get a uniform sanction that will apply to all matches and countries globally.
The Swiss administrator has backtracked on the severe sanctions he made in January as a way of fighting racism in the sport.
Blatter made the proposal in January after Ghanaian midfielder Kevin Prince Boateng walked off the pitch after he was racially abused in a friendly in Italy.
The Fifa boss has now backracked on his proposal admitting that this could encourage fans to deliberately try and get matches stopped.
“How far should we go? Where should we stop?” Blatter said.
“Can we bring an end to violence or racism by docking points or relegating a team? Or would such measures lead people to come to games to get the match abandoned.
“We should do all we can but there’s a danger that if we have matches replayed or if we punish clubs on the sporting front, it will open the door to hooligan groups who will come to deliberately cause trouble. There is so much emotion surrounding football.”
Blatter made his initial proposal after Boateng was joined by his fellow AC Milan players to walk off the pitch during a friendly match with fourth-division Italian side Pro Patria in protest at a hail of abuse from rival fans.
After initially disagreeing with Boateng’s decision to take the laws of the game into his own hands, Blatter then backed the player and said tough action was needed.
A proposal for uniform sanctions across all of Fifa’s 209 member associations is due to be put to a vote at its congress in May.
Blatter added: “The same standard must apply for each and every league and national association.”