FIFA introduces anti-racism rules for World Cup
19 April 2006, FRANKFURT, GERMANY - German football federation (DFB) co-president Theo Zwanziger on Wednesday welcomed the announcement of the ruling body FIFA to introduce its anti-racism rules for the World Cup.
19 April 2006
FRANKFURT, GERMANY - German football federation (DFB) co-president Theo Zwanziger on Wednesday welcomed the announcement of the ruling body FIFA to introduce its anti-racism rules for the World Cup.
"We support this," Zwanziger told Deutsche Presse-Agentur.
"We can not simply condemn racism. For that reason we support the tough action by FIFA. Racism is slow poison," said Zwanziger.
But Zwanziger also said that possible sanctions must be carefully decided on by FIFA, looking at each case individually.
Zwanziger was commenting on remarks by FIFA boss Joseph Blatter, who told British TV network Sky on Tuesday that the rules should be applied at the World Cup.
Acting upon more and more racist incidents at football matches, FIFA introduced the new rules, ranging from fines to point deductions, relegation or expulsion from tournaments, from April 4 onwards.
Clubs will not be affected because the season is ongoing, but that does not apply to events such as the World Cup. However, the rules can only be implemented at the World Cup if that is approved by the FIFA Congress ahead of the June 9-July 9 tournament in Germany.
"The regulations will also be applied for this World Cup. At the first sign (of racism) there will be a deduction of three points, then we are finished with the problems of discrimination," Blatter told Sky.
Subject: German news