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Blatter praises club ban in Brazil after racism
Blatter praises club ban in Brazil after fans' racism; local authorities continue probe
By TALES AZZONI
Associated Press
2014-09-04 11:42 PM

SAO PAULO (AP) -- FIFA President Sepp Blatter is praising a sports tribunal decision to exclude a club from the Brazilian Cup after its fans racially taunted an opposition player.

Blatter's comments come as Brazilian authorities continue to interrogate some of the fans accused of being involved in the latest case of racism marring local football this year.

Blatter said Thursday on Twitter that "Brazil has sent the right message, banning a team from the Cup due to 'fans' abuse."

Wednesday's unprecedented ruling against a top Brazilian team came less than a week after a small group of Gremio fans called Santos goalkeeper Aranha a "monkey" and were caught on camera making monkey noises toward him at the Arena Gremio in the southern city of Porto Alegre.

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