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FIFA President Blatter Says Stadium Closures Are 'Excessive' Punishment For Racism

04 / 18 / 14

FIFA President Sepp Blatter has claimed punishing fans' racist behavior by closing stadiums is "extremely dubious" and "unduly excessive," according to the PA. Blatter said that sporting sanctions such as points deductions that "cause real hurt to" clubs are a better punishment than closing part or...

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