Fifa president Sepp Blatter- who in 2011 suggested racism is not a problem in football- appears to have changed his tune somewhat.
Blatter presided over the decision to fine Nicklas Bendtner more for revealing his sponsored underwear than the fines given to racists at Euro 2012, but he now accepts that a more “radical solution” could be necessary.
It appears that the incident to have opened Blatter’s mind somewhat on racism was the abuse meted out to AC Milan star Kevin Prince Boateng, during a friendly against Pro Patria recently.
Boateng stormed off the field following racist abuse against him by Pro Patria’s fans, and the fourth-tier side were subsequently forced to play their next game behind closed doors.
But even now, Blatter’s supposedly “radical” punishment for racism is relatively tame: he suggests that teams could be docked points if their fans are racist.
"I think a more radical solution would be deduction of points," Blatter told Sky Sports News.
"Deduction of points would have a better impact on that (racism) than any other sanction."
Fifa has been forced to put out the fires of racism of late.
Bulgaria and Hungary were ordered to play World Cup qualifiers behind closed doors because of racism, and Serbia and clubs Porto and Lazio were all recently fined for the racist behaviour of their own fans.
And unfortunately, Blatter does not think football will ever be free of racism.
"I think we can never do enough to eradicate all the racism in football," he said.
Meanwhile, Blatter drew smirks when he said that he would love to become a radio football commentator or television match analyst when he finally retires as Fifa president in 2015.
And there was dark humour and unintentional irony in 76-year-old Blatter’s revelation that Fifa’s next congress will discuss "new statutes, some changes, speaking about the term of office, if there shall be an age limit, how the president shall be elected to have more consensus for a candidate and so on".