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Sepp Blatter has condemned the behaviour of Real Betis fans following the sending off of their Brazilian defender, Paulão.
Television coverage appeared to show Paulão being subjected to racist chants and monkey noises by sections of the crowd as he left the pitch on Sunday.
The incident occurred during the match against local rivals Sevilla, when the 31 year old received his second booking in the first half with the Verdiblancos trailing 1-0.
It was not mentioned in the referee's match report.
Since, FIFA President Sepp Blatter, has taken to the social media site Twitter and said: "Sickened to learn of ‘fans’ racially abusing a Real Betis player. I condemn their actions, which were seen on TV/online by millions." The Swiss official continued: "I will say again: It's a nonsense to fight racism with fines. This has to be tackled by ALL competition organisers."
Spanish football and Real Betis in particular have a recent history of racial discrimination aimed at players.
Shaun Wright-Phillips and Ashley Cole were subjected to abuse in an International away fixture against Spain in 2004 and there have been many other reported incidents regarding fans abusing players at a domestic level.
In last year's derby, Betis midfielder Nosa Igiebor was also on the receiving end of racial abuse from his own fans.
The club released a brief statement on twitter writing: “Real Betis condemns any act of violence or racism whether it is against one of our players or that of an opponent.”
In an interview after the game, the defender told Spanish media: "When I left the pitch I was only upset about the sending off and I did not notice, although my friends told me about it later. It's good that this gets a lot of publicity so that action can be taken. We are all the same. Skin colour changes nothing."
The game finished with the 10 men losing 4-0, which means Betis remain at the foot of La Liga after 14 games.
Show Racism the Red Card joins Sepp Blatter in condemning the actions of Betis fans at the weekend. We believe that education can play a key role in eradicating racism on the terraces, not just in Spain but across world football.