League Notes: Sepp Blatter Softens Stance On Club's Punishment For Racial Abuse
FIFA President Sepp Blatter "has softened his stance on calling for clubs to be punished with relegation after serious racist abuse, suggesting that fans would deliberately provoke incidents." Blatter said relegation sanctions are "not a simple solution, (because) will this lead to people coming to a stadium wanting to stop the game intentionally?" (AP, 4/5). ... FIFA said on Friday "no match-fixing was found in the 2014 World Cup qualifiers after more than 500 matches played so far" (XINHUA, 4/5). ... Gaelic Athletic Association President Liam O'Neill said that hurling will not be "subjected to any debate on changes to playing or disciplinary rules similar to those now agreed for football" (IRISH TIMES, 4/3).