Monday, January 7, 2013

Sepp Blatter disagrees with Kevin-Prince Boateng's actions over racist abuse

FIFA’s president, Sepp Blatter believes AC Milan's midfielder Kevin-Prince Boateng decision to walk off the pitch this week was NOT the right response to racist abuse and warned clubs they risk forfeiting matches if there is any repeat.
After being subjected to racist chants from home fans, Ghanaian international Boateng led his team-mates off the pitch during a match at Pro Patria,  following his actions, the former Portsmouth and Tottenham player said that he would not hesitate to walk off again in any match if faced with similar circumstances.
Speaking at a conference in the Middle East, Blatter maintained the fact that football must take  "zero tolerance" approach to racism however, he  recommended if players force the abandonment of a match for whatever the reason  clubs would  have to forfeit matches.
Speaking to United Arab Emirates newspaper, The National, Blatter said:
"Walk off? No. I don't think that is the solution,”
"But the Italian federation has yet to provide FIFA with a report detailing what exactly has happened.
"I don't think you can run away, because then the team should have to forfeit the match. This issue is a very touchy subject, but I repeat there is zero tolerance of racism in the stadium.
His solution to this very serious issue,
"The only solution is to be very harsh with the sanctions (against racism) - and the sanctions must be a deduction of points or something similar." Blatter.
I beg to differ, Boeteng's decision was right-on, No one should have to go through that, Blatter needs to reexamine his statement.