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SBD Global/January 21, 2013/International Football
Sepp Blatter Gets Tough On Racism, Says Guilty Clubs Could Get Demoted
Published January 21, 2013
NO RUSSIAN LEAGUE: REUTERS' Gennady Fyodorov reported FIFA President Sepp Blatter "has dismissed any idea of several wealthy Russian clubs creating a new league with top teams from the former Soviet states," saying that "any such move would be against the principles of the world governing body." Blatter said, "It's impossible. It goes against the principles of FIFA, therefore FIFA would never support such idea." New Russian Football Union President Nikolai Tolstykh, sitting next to Blatter, assured the FIFA head that "his country would follow the guidelines of the world's governing body." Tolstykh said, "We've not received any details on how this new league plan to operate, but in any case, we would never go against the wishes of FIFA" (REUTERS, 1/20).