Blatter: Players facing racial abuse shouldn't walk off
LONDON (AP) - Fifa President Sepp Blatter has urged players encountering racial abuse during matches against walking off the pitch like AC Milan did last week.
Kevin-Prince Boateng led the Milan players off on Thursday during a friendly against lower division club Pro Patria that was abandoned following racist chanting by fans.
Blatter was quoted in Abu Dhabi's The National newspaper on Sunday as saying: "Walk off? No. I don't think that is the solution... I don't think you can run away, because eventually you can run away if you lose a match."
Stressing that there should be "zero tolerance of racism in the stadium," Blatter urged local football authorities to impose "harsh" sanctions such as point deductions.