FIFA to set up racism task force

01 March 2013 06:17

FIFA will set up a task force to tackle racism in football, the world governing body's president Sepp Blatter said on Friday.

Blatter, in Edinburgh ahead of the International FA Board meeting on Saturday, said the task force will be headed by Jeffrey Webb, president of the CONCACAF federation of countries in north and central America and the Caribbean.

Blatter: "The strategy committee has said we will make a task force and I have a chairman for this task force - he is Jeffrey Webb, the president of CONCACAF. It is a big, big problem also of education and understanding, but we will do it because we have to kick it out."

The FIFA president will also meet AC Milan midfielder Kevin-Prince Boateng on March 22 to discuss ways of tackling racism in football.

Boateng became a central figure in football's fight against racism after leading his Milan team-mates off the pitch in protest at racial abuse from fans of fourth-tier Italian side Pro Patria.

After the incident in January, Blatter praised the former Portsmouth player for making a "strong and courageous stand" but added that leaving the field "cannot be the solution".

Source: PA