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FIFA president condemns racist chanting at Real Betis

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FIFA president Sepp Blatter has condemned the Real Betis fans who directed racist language at one of their clubs own players, Paulao, following his dismissal in the clubs 4-0 derby defeat away against Sevilla.

A small group of Betis fans were briefly shown on Spanish TV apparently making what seemed to be monkey chants and gestures at the Brazilian defender as he made his way towards the dugout minutes before half-time. 

Despite clear TV footage and replays the incident was not mentioned in the referee's end of match report.

This however did not stop Blatter, the head of world's football's governing body, taking to his Twitter feed on Tuesday morning expressing his anger at the apparent situation.

He wrote: "Sickened to learn of 'fans' racially abusing a Real Betis player, I condemn their actions which were seen on TV/online by millions."

In a meeting in May, FIFA agreed that evidence of racism should be answerable to either a fine, warning or the club responsible playing their next game behind closed doors. 

"For reoffenders or for serious incidents, sanctions such as point deductions, expulsion from a competition or relegation should be applied," they said.

Any person found guilty of a racist offence would be suspended for at least five matches and given a stadium ban.

Real Betis published a brief statement on their twitter page after the game condoning racist behaviour and followed this up today by stating that they would try their hardest to bring the offenders forward.

The 31 year old defender said the monkey chanting was a "disgraceful act" and "very ugly."

"My family in Brazil as well as here in Spain are sad and worried," he was quoted in telling the Spanish media.

"When I left the pitch I was only upset about the sending off and I did not notice, although my friends told me about it later.

"It's good that it gets a lot of publicity so that action can be taken. We are all the same. Skin colour changes nothing."


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