Tuesday 12 December 2017

Blatter: Russia needs help

FIFA president Sepp Blatter says there is still a "lot of work to be done" to fight racism in 2018 World Cup host Russia. Reacting to Russian Premier League club Torpedo Moscow being handed its fourth racism-related punishment of the season Tuesday, the head of world soccer's governing body said on Twitter that "sanctions must be applied but education is equally important."

Torpedo must play two games behind closed doors over the display of a Nazi symbol at a game Sunday, following three punishments this season for fans racially abusing opposition players.

Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko, who also chairs Russia's World Cup organizing committee, warned of "tension in the football environment" caused by racism at games.

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