Sepp Blatter says FIFA must do more about racism

Monday July 14th, 2014

FIFA President Sepp Blatter said he is unhappy with the way his organization responded to incidents of racism at this year's World Cup in Brazil. 

"I am not at all happy with the way we fought against racism," Blatter said, according to the Associated Press

Some fans in Brazil were seen wearing blackface, while others taunted Colombia's Juan Camilo Zúñiga after he injured Brazil's Neymar. There were also reports of anti-gay chants as well as displays of extreme right-wing banners. 

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Blatter said he has spoken with Russian president Vladimir Putin about addressing racism at the next World Cup, which will be held in Putin's country.

Russia has its own troubled history of racism in soccer. In October 2013, Ivorian midfielder Yaya Toure was subject to racist chants from supporters of CSKA Moscow during a Champions League match with his club, Manchester City. Toure has also said he would consider the possibility of boycotting the 2018 World Cup in Russia if nothing is done to combat a climate of discrimination.

- Dan Gartland

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