Dhaka: Racists must be “kicked out” of stadiums, FIFA president Gianni Infantino said as he pressed for a worldwide ban on spectators who abuse black footballers. Speaking days after England’s Euro 2020 qualifier in Bulgaria was twice stopped because of chants targeting English players, Infantino insisted the world body would punish racism. “If there are racists that abuse footballers, we have to stop the game,” he told a press conference on a visit to Dhaka. “We cannot let the racists win. The football has to continue and we have to punish the people,” Infantino said. He added it was now easy to identify the culprits in modern stadiums with closed circuit TV and that a “strong message” must be sent. “They have to be taken, kicked out of the stadium, they must not be allowed to enter into football stadiums any more, and criminal proceedings should be brought against them. It’s a crime and it should be a crime in all countries of the world to commit a racist abuse,” he said. Infantino reaffirmed that if a country bans a spectator because of racism, “FIFA will extend it worldwide because racists have no place in football in any country and no place in any football stadium or arena in any part of the world.” Six Bulgarians have been detained for abuse at Monday’s Bulgaria-England game when monkey chants and apparent Nazi salutes overshadowed England’s 6-0 win. Three more are being sought. One 18-year-old was indicted on Wednesday for using Nazi salutes and four others have been fined and banned from sports events for two years.Infantino had already condemned the incident in a statement on Tuesday, calling racism an “obnoxious disease that seems to be getting even worse in some parts of the world”. He said Thursday that on top of stadium action better education was needed. “We have to educate our youth, our children and those who are a bit older as well,” he said.Infantino also said that the 2022 World Cup in Qatar “will be the very best World Cup ever” despite new controversy over the heat and empty stadiums after the world athletics championships in September saw some long distance races badly affected. The FIFA boss insisted that it would be cooler as the football tournament would be in November and December. Also Read | Ukraine Reach Euro 2020 Despite Ronaldo Milestone, Racism Mars England Win In Bulgaria “I am sure in Qatar we will witness from a technical point of view, the very best World Cup ever.” He also expressed confidence that the stadiums would be “full”. Football is the number one sport in the world. We will fill the stadiums in Qatar and anywhere else in the World easily with the World Cup.” For all the Latest Sports News News, Football News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.
Matt Karatsu | Daily TrojanThe women’s volleyball team had its five-match win streak snapped this weekend, falling to Arizona on Friday, but USC rebounded with a win at Arizona State on Saturday to raise its overall record to 13-4 (5-1 Pac-12).The No. 15 Women of Troy had a tough day in Tucson, Ariz., getting swept 3-0 by the Wildcats at the McKale Center. Sophomore outside hitter Khalia Lanier spearheaded the Trojan attack with nine kills and three service aces, and junior libero Victoria Garrick led the way defensively, tallying 15 digs. However, USC only hit .140 in the match compared to Arizona’s .262 mark, and the team committed 20 errors to the Wildcats’ 14. The Trojans’ sloppy play cost them their perfect conference record, as they suffered their first loss of the season in Pac-12 play.They fared better the next day when the Women of Troy traveled to Tempe, Ariz. to face the Sun Devils. It looked like the team’s rough weekend would continue when USC committed 16 total errors to hand ASU the opening set, 25-19, but head coach Mick Haley’s squad rallied to take three consecutive sets and win the match 3-1.The turnaround came thanks to much-improved efficiency. The Women of Troy nearly doubled their hitting percentage from the previous night against Arizona, recording a .265 mark versus ASU. Senior opposite hitter Brittany Abercrombie, the reigning back-to-back Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week, matched her career high in kills (18), and senior opposite hitter Niki Withers set a new season best with 15 kills — including seven in the decisive fourth set, when Withers led USC’s comeback from a 4-point deficit.Senior middle blocker Danielle Geiger added 11 kills for her season high — and her best mark since joining the Women of Troy from UC Irvine this fall. Senior setter Reni Meyer-Whalley also recorded her sixth double-double of the year against ASU with 31 assists and 11 digs. The win over the Sun Devils kept USC in second in the Pac-12 standings: The team’s 5-1 conference record puts them just behind 5-0 Stanford.The Women of Troy return home for their next match, as they host Cal at the Galen Center on Friday. Despite being a middling 2-3 in Pac-12 play, the Bears sport an impressive 11-5 overall record. USC swept Cal 3-0 in Berkeley last season, and the team will look to repeat that feat this week.