Originally posted on Fox Soccer  |  Last updated 12/15/12
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FIFA president Sepp Blatter intends to talk to UEFA counterpart Michel Platini about the punishments that were this week handed out to the Serbian Football Association and some of their players and officials. The sanctions, meted out by an independent UEFA panel, were in response to the racist and violent abuse directed towards England Under-21 players during a match between the two in October. Serbia's Under-21 side will have to play one match in front of no spectators, and the Serbian FA have been fined 80,000 euros - equating to £65,000 - following incidents in Krusevac, with several leading figures condemning the punishments as lenient. Platini is already thought to be set to appeal them, and Blatter too is concerned about the message they send. Speaking at a press conference in Japan on Saturday, he told reporters: "Not only racism but discrimination has no place in football and there is zero tolerance for it. "I just learned yesterday what the (Serbia) decision was and I'...
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