Blatter attacks tiny Roma fan for racism
ZURICH (AP) - FIFA President Sepp Blatter says he will protesting to Italian football authorities over a decision to only fine Roma 50,000 euros after their fans racially abused AC Milan players.
Play was stopped for almost two minutes during the second half of Sunday's game when visiting Roma supporters would not stop chanting at Milan players Mario Balotelli and Kevin-Prince Boateng.
Warnings issued over the stadium speaker system went unheeded, leading to a Serie A match being suspended due to racism for the first time.
FIFA President Sepp Blatter has put renewed vigor into the fight against racism since Milan midfielder Kevin-Prince Boateng led his teammates off the pitch when he was racially abused during an exhibition game against an Italian fourth-tier side in January.
Blatter is unhappy that the latest case was so quickly wrapped up by Italian football officials, while branding "small fines for racist abuse unacceptable.''
"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,'' Blatter said Tuesday on FIFA's website. "They have not made any investigation of what happened. And just to give a pecuniary sanction is not valid, that is not acceptable. You will always find money.
"What is 50,000 euros for such an incident? I'm not happy and I will call the Italian Federation. That's not a way to deal with such matters.''