Sepp Blatter

Fifa adopts resolution to toughen sanctions in bid to curb racism

Sepp Blatter

Fifa's Congress in Mauritius yesterday adopted a resolution that will lead to tougher sanctions in cases of racism, including points deductions and even relegation for repeat offenders.

Saturday, 1 June, 2013, 4:03am

Talking points

Tana Umaga

Deputy Foreign Ministers Zhai Jun and Cheng Guoping brief the media on Xi Jinping's first overseas trip as president, to Russia, Tanzania, South Africa and the Republic of Congo, later this week. Energy from Russia, business with Africa and the five leading emerging economies' summit will be key factors.

14 Feb 2014 - 7:11pm

Blatter warns players not to run away from racism

Fifa president Sepp Blatter. Photo: EPA

Fifa president Sepp Blatter has warned players that running away from racism is not the right way to deal with the issue.

AC Milan midfielder Kevin-Prince Boateng and his team-mates walked off the field after he was subjected to abuse during a recent friendly match with Pro Patria.

15 Jan 2013 - 8:39am

Who said it?

Egyptian President Mohammed Mursi. Photo: AP

I voted for Mursi and it was a mistake, a big mistake. This constitution is bad

Egyptian Ali Mohammed Ali on President Mohammed Mursi's proposed new charter


I know there are appointees who don't care about delivering performance, but not everyone is like that

16 Dec 2012 - 4:47am

Soccer scores a hi-tech goal

The saying that if it isn't broken, don't try to fix it is generally good reason to think twice before doing so. But if there is a popular perception that something needs fixing it probably does. A case in point is the world game. There is no argument that that is what soccer is, with grass-roots participation and global television audiences.

7 Jul 2012 - 12:00am


West wing is an integral part of hill

It is ironic that the Development Bureau is planning to launch a two-day Heritage Fiesta in December to tie in with an international conference on heritage conservation (also organised by the bureau) when it has announced its revamped plan to sell off virtually the whole of Government Hill to a developer by tender in 2013.

26 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Money's the name of the world game

Sepp Blatter's ability to ride out a storm over allegations and confessions of widespread corruption to be re-endorsed, unopposed, as president of Fifa, football's world governing body, can be explained in one word - money.

4 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

The trouble with Fifa


2 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

HKFA chief still unsure on vote for top Fifa job

One-country, one-vote. That's how Timothy Fok Tsun-ting sees it as he prepares to go to Zurich to cast Hong Kong's vote at next Wednesday's election to decide who will be president of Fifa.

26 May 2011 - 12:00am

It's time for Fifa to widen the playing field

Ordinarily, apologies to the public are made by politicians or other public figures who have been elevated to a special status and therefore owe the general public a measure of accountability. These days sportsmen, and in particular professional soccer players, seem to be the ones apologising most often.

7 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

Tim Noonan

It's all about control, it always has been. How you consolidate control defines any self-respecting autocrat. For those of you, like me, who need a refresher, an autocracy is a form of government in which one person possesses unlimited power.

12 Dec 2010 - 12:00am

Jason Dasey

Hopping between Durban, Port Elizabeth, Bloemfontein and Johannesburg this week, Asian Football Confederation president Mohamed bin Hammam has been only too happy to talk about the encouraging Asian performances at the World Cup. But one thing off-limits is discussion about his possible interest in Fifa's top job.

20 Jun 2010 - 12:00am

Hammam urges Asia to raise the stakes after China's Cup flop

Size doesn't matter for Mohamed bin Hammam. The president of the Asian Football Confederation is more concerned about quality. And although he is disappointed at China's absence in the final round of Asian qualifiers for the 2010 World Cup, he believes the cream has risen to the top.

22 Jun 2008 - 12:00am

Blatter helps out HK showpiece

Fifa chief Sepp Blatter has stepped in to help revamp the Reunification exhibition event on July 1, ensuring a top-grade World All Stars XI will also take part.

12 May 2007 - 12:00am

FIFA World Cup 2006

1 Tomorrow morning's World Cup final will be held at the Olympiastadion in Berlin, the home ground of which Bundesliga club?

2 Against which team did Brazil's Ronaldo score his 15th World Cup finals goal, breaking a record held by Gerd Muller for 32 years?

9 Jul 2006 - 12:00am