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Blatter Slams Racism

FIFA president Sepp Blatter has vowed to step up the fight to conquer racism after disturbing scenes in Italian Serie A match on Sunday night between AC Milan and Roma.

The match was suspended for two minutes after the half-time interval with several black Milan players, including striker Mario Balotelli, subjected to abuse from the visiting fans.

Four months ago Milan midfielder Kevin-Prince Boateng led a player walk-off after suffering racist chants during a friendly match at Pro Patria.

Blatter, in Zurich for the start of a conference with the newly created FIFA Task Force Against Racism and Discrimination took to Twitter to vent his frustrations after hearing about the incident

“Appalled to read about racist abuse in Serie A last night. Tackling this issue is complex, but we're committed to action, not just words," tweeted Blatter.

Meanwhile, AC Milan coach Allegri supported the decision by referee Gianluca Rocchi to suspend the match at the San Siro which allowed for a stadium announcement to be made ordering the offenders to desist.

“In my opinion, there's only one solution to racism in stadiums and that's to suspend the match. To get rid of this stuff in our stadiums, you have to make big decisions,” said Allegri.

“It could penalise some people but in the long run it would help us to grow as a nation and become more civilised.”

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