PORT LOUIS, Mauritius (AP) - The FIFA Congress has approved stricter punishments for racism in soccer, including the possible relegation of a club for serious offenses.

FIFA passed the two-stage anti-racism resolution with a 99 percent majority on Friday, and President Sepp Blatter said "we are doing something now."

The new regulations say a first or minor offense should be punished by a warning, fine or with a match having to be played behind closed doors. Serious or repeat offenses can now be punished by a deduction of points, expulsion from a tournament or even relegation.

FIFA also passed measures dictating that players or officials found guilty of racist abuse in any game should be banned for five matches.

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