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Racism campaigners welcome World Cup plans

'Kick It Out' have welcomed proposals for FIFA to clamp down on racism at the World Cup finals by deducting points from guilty nations.

Rules to be introduced in Germany will mean perpetrators facing the immediate loss of three points.

Although the exact procedures are unknown, anti-racism campaigners 'Kick It Out' are willing to help FIFA implement their measures.

'Certainly, we welcome these measures,' said a spokesman for 'Kick It Out'.

'It's now a case of how they put it in place and how they will be deployed. We'll be happy to help with our experience on these matters.

'Sporting sanctions make sense rather than compared to fines, the challenge is how to implement them and how they will be received by country's football associations.

'There will be some obvious difficulties but we are willing to help FIFA with our observers.'

Similar 'sporting' sanctions have been recently introduced for club teams whose fans are guilty of racist chanting.

They now look set to apply to the world's biggest tournament, with Germany hosting this summer's event.

'The regulations will be applied for this World Cup,' FIFA president Sepp Blatter told the Daily Mail.

'At the first sign of racism there will be a deduction of three points, then we are finished with problems of discrimination.'