Sepp Blatter has condemned Real Betis fans who allegedly racially abused their own player Paulao at the weekend, as the player labels the chants ‘ugly’.
Reports after Sunday evening’s Seville derby, which Los Beticos lost 4-0, highlighted that sections of Betis’ travelling support targeted their centre-back with monkey chants following his late first-half sending off.
On from the club issuing a brief statement on the matter via Twitter, FIFA’s President has also used the online network to offer his view on the issue.
“Sickened to learn of 'fans' racially abusing a Real Betis player,” Blatter posted through his official Twitter account today.
"”I condemn their actions, which were seen on TV/online by millions.
“FIFA’s members approved a resolution at congress in May to tackle discrimination.
“It’s time for tougher sanctions.”
Betis followed these comments up with two further postings on their Twitter account, having retweeted Blatter’s posting too.
“Real Betis are also disgusted by the behaviour of a few who do not represent the fans of the club.
“To eradicate this behaviour, what is also important is the role of organisations such as FIFA.”
The player did not comment, nor was asked, on the matter immediately after the game at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan, but has spoken to Brazilian website Superesportes since.
“It was a regrettable act. And very ugly. My family in Brazil and Spain are sad and worried,” explained Paulao.
“When I left the field, I was only upset for the red card and I did not realise, but then my friends told me.
“It is good that it has had so much impact so that action can be taken. We are all equal. Skin colour does not change anything.
“I just hope that those responsible do what they have to do so that this is not repeated.”