Associated Press  |  Last updated March 01, 2013
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FIFA President Sepp Blatter announced plans for a task force to tackle racism in football on Friday, and said he will hold talks with a player who took a stand by walking off in response to racial taunts. AC Milan midfielder Kevin-Prince Boateng became the focus of the anti-racism struggle in football when he led teammates off the pitch in protest at abuse from fans of a fourth-tier Italian team during a friendly in January. Blatter faced criticism for saying that players mustn't run away from problems by unilaterally leaving the pitch, but later praised Boateng for taking a ''strong and courageous stand.'' The Ghana midfielder will now make a courtesy visit to see Blatter at FIFA headquarters in Zurich on March 22. Blatter also disclosed that a new anti-racism task force will be headed by CONCACAF President Jeffrey Webb, who's in charge of football in North and Central America and the Caribbean. Blatter is calling for a ''united front of the football community in our zero-tole...
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