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Blatter says Russia must fight racism after fresh incident

08 April 2015, 18:43

Moscow - FIFA president Sepp Blatter says there is still a "lot of work to be done" to fight racism in 2018 World Cup host Russia.

Also read: Blatter wants stiffer punishment for racism

Reacting to Russian Premier League club Torpedo Moscow being handed its fourth racism-related punishment of the season Tuesday, the head of world soccer's governing body said on Twitter that "sanctions must be applied but education is equally important."

Torpedo must play two games behind closed doors over the display of a Nazi symbol at a game Sunday, following three earlier punishments this season for fans racially abusing opposition players.

Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko, who also chairs Russia's World Cup organizing committee, warned of "tension in the football environment" caused by racism at games. In comments to R-Sport, he suggested Russia's relations with FIFA could suffer.

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