Soccer to propose sanctions for racist abuse

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ZURICH (AP) — FIFA is looking to approve tougher sanctions for racist abuse at its congress of 209 soccer nations.

FIFA says President Sepp Blatter led a meeting Friday of its Strategic Committee, which included UEFA President Michel Platini, and discussed combatting racism and match-fixing.

Blatter has previously said point deductions and relegation punishments could help combat discrimination at matches.

Blatter says he's "very pleased with the ideas that have evolved" and will present them at a March 20-21 meeting of his executive committee. The FIFA Congress will meet May 31.

Blatter says "the aim is to present to the FIFA Congress in Mauritius concrete actions, as well as strong sanctions, which will really have an impact."

UEFA's appeals panel is considering tougher punishments for Serbia and England after their under-21 match.