Featured Matches
Previous
Celtic
KR Reykjavik
4
0
FT
Leg 2. Aggregate: 5 - 0
Game Details
FC Levadia Tallinn
Sparta Prague
1
1
FT
Leg 2. Aggregate: 1 - 8
Game Details
Skenderbeu
BATE Borisov
1
1
FT
Leg 2. Aggregate: 1 - 1
Game Details
Debrecen
Cliftonville
2
0
FT
Leg 2. Aggregate: 2 - 0
Game Details
VMFD Zalgiris
Dinamo Zagreb
0
2
FT
Leg 2. Aggregate: 0 - 4
Game Details
Sutjeska
Sheriff Tiraspol
0
3
FT
Leg 2. Aggregate: 0 - 5
Game Details
F91 Dudelange
Ludogorets Razgrad
1
1
FT
Leg 2. Aggregate: 1 - 5
Game Details
FC Levadia Tallinn
Sparta Prague
1
1
FT
Leg 2. Aggregate: 1 - 8
Game Details
FK Qarabag
Valletta
4
0
FT
Leg 2. Aggregate: 5 - 0
Game Details
Maccabi Tel-Aviv
Santa Coloma
2
0
FT
Leg 2. Aggregate: 3 - 0
Game Details
T.N.S.
Slovan Bratislava
0
2
FT
Leg 2. Aggregate: 0 - 3
Game Details
HB Torshavn
Partizan Belgrade
1
3
FT
Leg 2. Aggregate: 1 - 6
Game Details
Skenderbeu
BATE Borisov
1
1
FT
Leg 2. Aggregate: 1 - 1
Game Details
VMFD Zalgiris
Dinamo Zagreb
0
2
FT
Leg 2. Aggregate: 0 - 4
Game Details
Debrecen
Cliftonville
2
0
FT
Leg 2. Aggregate: 2 - 0
Game Details
Celtic
KR Reykjavik
4
0
FT
Leg 2. Aggregate: 5 - 0
Game Details
Zeljeznicar Sarajevo
Metalurg
2
2
FT
Leg 2. Aggregate: 2 - 2
Game Details
Sarpsborg FK
Aalesund
3
2
FT
Game Details
Nacional
Defensor Sporting
2
0
LIVE 84'
Leg 1
Game Details
Olimpo de Bahía Blanca
Atletico Rafaela
(2) 0
(4) 0
FT
Game Details
Figueirense FC
Bragantino
(3) 2
(4) 1
FT-Pens
Leg 2. Aggregate: 3 - 3
Game Details
Icasa
Portuguesa de Desportos
2
0
FT
Game Details
Goianiense
Oeste
4
2
FT
Game Details
Next
May 14, 2013

Fines for racism 'not valid', Blatter says

FIFA president Sepp Blatter has said the racist chanting during AC Milan's game with Roma on Sunday strengthened his determination to introduce more severe sanctions.

Play was suspended during the 0-0 draw at the San Siro as offensive chants were directed at Milan players by the away fans. Roma were fined €50,000 by the Lega Calcio.

In recent months, Blatter - who took to Twitter to say he was "appalled" by the abuse - has outlined a determination to introduce tougher sanctions for racial offences.

He told FIFA.com the Lega Calcio's punishment was "not valid" and that he would speak to the Italian Football Federation (FIGC).

"I think lessons have not been learned," he said on Tuesday. "It is incredible that we had such incidents, especially in the Italian Serie A in the San Siro between AC Milan and Roma, a very important match.

"What is surprising, and is not understandable for me, is that the Disciplinary Committee of the Italian Football Federation has taken a decision, not even 24 hours after the event, by just imposing a fine.

"They have not made any investigation of what happened, and just to give a pecuniary sanction is not valid, that is not acceptable.

"You will always find money. What is €50,000 for such an incident? I'm not happy, and I will call the Italian Federation. That's not a way to deal with such matters."

FIFA has set up an anti-racism 'task force' in a bid to introduce stronger punishments. The organisation is proposing "a warning, a fine or the playing of a match behind closed doors" for "a first or minor offence".

For more serious offences, or for repeat offenders, "points deductions, expulsion from a competition, or relegation" are suggested.

Blatter is hopeful that this latest incident will help his task force implement its recommendations when the FIFA Congress begins later this month.

He said: "In two weeks, we have our FIFA Congress, and we will have a resolution that will be binding for everybody."

He added: "I think [the Milan incident] is good for us and for the FIFA Congress, when we will present this resolution. In this resolution, there are foreseen sanctions, and these sanctions must be applied all around the world. That's why we need the Congress's decision."

Comments

Use a Facebook account to add a comment, subject to Facebook's Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. Your Facebook name, photo & other personal information you make public on Facebook will appear with your comment, and may be used on ESPN's media platforms. Learn more.