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Anti-racism chief plans tougher bans

By Football News



Speaking at the International Football Association Board meeting in Edinburgh, Jeffrey Webb said a 'zero tolerance' approach must be enforced.

"I think you have to look at relegation, you have to look at establishing criteria," he said.

"What is a criterion for sustainable neglect and for taking action? For us we will look and say is it three strikes and you're out. What happens after the first time, what happens after the second time?

"Do you get relegated? Are you thrown out of the competition? So these are things we will look at."

Meanwhile, the governing body confirmed the 2022 World Cup in Qatar could be played in the northern hemisphere's winter.

The World Cup is traditionally held in the northern hemisphere's summer, when temperatures can reach up to 50 degrees Celsius in Qatar.

"The request should come from Qatar, and Qatar is perfectly aware 2014 is not the deadline, it can be 2015," FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke said.

"The most important thing is that we have time to work with all football stakeholders on the international calendar to make sure that there is full agreement from all parties, leagues, clubs to move this World Cup from summer to winter.

"That means we'll have to find about eight weeks in the mid-season to play the World Cup."

Also, Valcke said the use of goal-line technology will be left at the discretion of regional and national associations.