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SBD Global/May 15, 2013/Leagues and Governing Bodies
FA Expected To OK Minimum Five-Match Ban For Players Guilty Of Racial Abuse
Published May 15, 2013
BLATTER CRITICIZES FINE: In London, Owen Gibson reported FIFA President Sepp Blatter "has condemned the Italian football authorities for only levying" a fine of €50,000 ($64,845) over "racist abuse" aimed at AC Milan striker Mario Balotelli and midfielder Kevin-Prince Boateng by Roma fans, "undermining his drive for stronger sanctions." Blatter said that it was "surprising" and "not understandable" that within 24 hours of the incident at San Siro, which caused the referee to stop play for several minutes while order was restored, "the Italian football federation had levied the paltry fine and closed the book." Blatter: "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" (GUARDIAN, 5/14).
DROGBA RESPONDS: EUROSPORT reported Turkish club Galatasaray striker Didier Drogba "hit back at a Fenerbahce fan who waved a banana" toward him and his teammate Emmanuel Eboue during the weekend's league encounter. A Fenerbahce fan was stabbed to death and more than 100 fans were detained following Turkey's most popular derby. Drogba highlighted "that both Fenerbahce goals were scored by Cameroon striker Pierre Webo." Drogba said on Galatasaray's Facebook page, "You called me monkey but you got mad when I became champion with Galatasaray and the saddest thing is you called me monkey and forgot that you jumped when my 'monkey' brother scored twice yesterday. ... And you call yourself a true fan? Check all the Galatasaray fans' comments and learn from them" (EUROSPORT, 5/14). EL MUNDO reported that Drogba also said, "You call me monkey but you cried when Chelsea eliminated Fenerbahce in 2008, you called me monkey but you jumped in front of your TV when I won the Champions League" (EL MUNDO, 5/14).