Lazio’s ultras will continue to be terrible. Mario Balotelli will have to restrain himself from leaping into the crowd and starting a brawl. The news coming out of Scotland today doesn’t change much, but it’s a step. Whatever.
After stating players shouldn’t run away from their problems when Kevin-Prince Boateng walked off the pitch during a friendly in January, Sepp Blatter quickly did a 180 and is now trying to mend an already tarnished reputation.
Sepp has invited KPB to FIFA’s headquarters in Zurich on March 22 for a ‘courtesy appearance’ — whatever the hell that is. CONCACAF President Jeffrey Webb will head a new anti-racism task force that aims to tackle a problem that goes beyond football.
“We have to work on it but we cannot do it alone,” Blatter said from Edinburgh. “It is a big, big problem also of education and understanding, and (needs) a little bit also of solidarity. But we will do it because we have to kick it out.”
Meanwhile, Lazio will play their next two European matches in an empty stadium after being punished for multiple offenses including a fourth charge of racist behaviour. The club was fined 40,000 Euros for incidents that occurred during their round of 32 Europe league tie with Borussia Monchengladbach.
Racism: they’re trying to fix things but people remain terrible. Sounds about right.