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FIFA chief Sepp Blatter wants tougher sanctions on racism

FIFA chief Sepp Blatter called for an end to racism in South American football.

ASUNCION, Paraguay -- FIFA president Sepp Blatter has urged South America's football associations to hand out tougher sanctions for acts of racism by football fans.

Speaking on Wednesday to members of the South American confederation CONMEBOL, Blatter said clubs linked to offending fans need to have points deducted and even be relegated.

Blatter said: "We have a serious problem of racism...

South American teams will support Sepp Blatter for re-election, report says

Sepp Blatter can count on the support of the CONMEBOL federation.

ASUNCION, Paraguay -- The countries which make up the South American football confederation have decided to support Sepp Blatter in FIFA's presidential elections, a source familiar with the decision told The Associated Press on Tuesday.

The person spoke on condition of anonymity because an official announcement by the executive committee of CONMEBOL had not been made. The decision was reached after the 10-nation governing body in South America heard proposals from Blatter and other candidates on...

 By Tim Vickery

Peru's poor away record the first piece of business for new boss Gareca

Argentine Ricardo Gareca is charged with leading Peru to their first World Cup since 1982.
Argentine Ricardo Gareca is charged with leading Peru to their first World Cup since 1982.

There are now six Argentine coaches in charge of the ten South American nations --- and there would seem to be little doubt that the last one to be announced faces the most difficult task.

Ricardo Gareca was unveiled on Monday as the new coach of Peru, the team which has not qualified for the World Cup since 1982 and seems to have gone backwards while others on the continent have made progress.

An illustration of the size of the challenge he is facing comes from recent results in the Copa Libertadores,...

 By Tim Vickery

Stakes are high in South American friendlies as players look to impress

Brazil's Rafael Cabral, Uruguay's Giorgian De Arrascaeta and Peru's Carlos Ascues all have the chance to stake their claim for a national team spot in the coming weeks.

As the Copa America (next June and July in Chile) draws nearer, the stakes rise for South America's national teams. For the moment, the teams are just playing friendlies, but the competitive matches are coming closer: the next set of World Cup qualifiers get going soon after the Copa.

In 2015 there is only one set of FIFA dates before the real stuff starts. Over the next few days, then, some interesting experiments will be carried out with coaches wanting to take a long, hard look at some of their...

 By Tim Vickery

Federation infighting deepens existing football trouble in Peru

Mismanagement and mistakes made by FPF -- Peru's national football association -- have led to a decline in the performances of the Peruvian national team.

A much lamented Brazilian comedian called Chacrinha had a long list of catchphrases -- one of which was "I come to confuse, and not to explain."

The genius of the phrase lies in the fact that it can be such a useful guide to a traditional aspect of South American societies, where the common good is a nebulous concept and intelligence and erudition can be used to muddy the waters instead of providing clarity.

It applies perfectly to the recent goings-on in Peruvian football. The Peru national team,...