Blatter wants flares to go out of fashion in stadiums

BERNE,  (Reuters) – FIFA president Sepp Blatter does not want to see any more flares and firecrackers in soccer stadiums and described the people who let them off as arsonists.

“We don’t need fire and flames in the stands,” he wrote in FIFA’s weekly magazine.

“We drum the dangers of fire into every little child but self-styled, grown-up, so-called football fans still ignite flares and let off acrid smoke bombs generating temperatures above 1,000 degrees Celsius,” he said.

“Where’s the sense in shrouding yourself in a fog and placing others in acute danger?”

“When I encounter these situations I’m overcome by incomprehension.

“Football cannot be misused and degraded by arsonists,” Blatter added.

“Football matches are social occasions and a shared community experience, but grossly negligent behaviour like this means they degenerate into a platform for fanatics and pyromaniacs.”

Blatter, who has also campaigned against standing areas in stadiums, said pyrotechnics deterred families from taking children to see games.

“They turn from a fun family day out into a stage for shameless self-promotion by a regrettable minority. I can quite understand parents stopping their kids going to football grounds after seeing this kind of thing on television.”

Blatter added the clubs knew who the culprits were but were afraid to take action.

“Often enough the fear of losing a paying customer is greater than the readiness to act decisively against the unruly element,” he said.

“Fan liaison must mean working with the real fans, not covering up for troublemakers.”

More in Sports

Omar Brewley (left) of Wismar/Christianburg in the process of receiving a pass while being pursued by several players from Sir Leon Lessons during their semi-final fixture at the Leonora Sports Facility in the Digicel Schools Football Championship.

Wismar/Christianburg, Chase Academy set up rematch

A 90th+3 minute penalty kick conversion from Omar Brewley propelled four time defending champions Wismar/ Christianburg to their sixth consecutive final edging Sir Leon Lessons 2-1 in the semi-final of the Digicel Schools Football Championships yesterday.

default placeholder

Hooper nets hat trick as GCC Vintage muzzle Pitbulls

Georgetown Cricket Club (GCC) Vintage and Pizza Hut GCC secured hard-fought wins when the Lucozade Indoor Hockey Championship continued on Tuesday at the National Gymnasium on Mandela Avenue.

default placeholder

In honour of a legend turned 80

Long before the advent of batting armor like helmets and chest pads, and before the glamour of color coordinated cricket gear, a gifted 16-year- old schoolboy named Garfield St.

Phil Simmons

Simmons promises team will bounce back

West Indies Head Coach Phil Simmons is positive that the team can bounce back from the innings and 92-run defeat in the opening Test match against India.

Juvenile cycle champion Zaman Khan’s (left) sojourn to the Junior Caribbean Cycling Championships was made possible by Steven Edwards (right). Coach of the team Randolph Roberts is pictured at centre. 

Roberts expresses confidence in cyclists

On the eve of the departure of the national junior cycling team to St Lucia, coach of the formidable five-man unit, Randolph Roberts yesterday expressed confidence in the young cyclists.

default placeholder

Guyana U15s dismiss J/ca for 108

Guyana U15s made a promising start to the West Indies Cricket Board’s limited overs round robin competition dismissing the Windward Islands for 108 in their first round encounter at Progress Park,Grenada.

Comments

About these comments

The comments section is intended to provide a forum for reasoned and reasonable debate on the newspaper's content and is an extension of the newspaper and what it has become well known for over its history: accuracy, balance and fairness. We reserve the right to edit or delete comments which contain attacks on other users, slander, coarse language and profanity, and gratuitous and incendiary references to race and ethnicity.

Stay updated! Follow Stabroek News on Facebook or Twitter.

Get the day's headlines from SN in your inbox every morning: