FIFA adviser fears boycott
DOHA, Qatar (AP): FIFA anti-racism adviser Tokyo Sexwale believes black
players could boycott the 2018 World Cup and urged Russian President
Vladimir Putin to demand tougher action against racism in football.
Sexwale, who was an anti-apartheid campaigner and former political
prisoner on Robben Island, is against a boycott, but expressed concern
in an interview with The Associated Press about the growing number of
racist incidents in the Russian league.
Not having it
is a threat black players will say they are not going to Russia (for
the World Cup) - we can't have that," Sexwale said yesterday on the
sidelines of the Doha Goals conference. "I am talking as a FIFA person
and a citizen of the world - it can't go that far. Once these things
start and you don't act as leaders, these things snowball."
the Union of European Football Associations has punished Russian clubs
for racism at Champions League matches in recent years, the national
federation has appeared less willing to tackle abuse. Sexwale is urging
his "personal friend", Putin, to intervene.