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Red Bulls striker Thierry Henry advocates hard line on racism

Feb 12, 2013, 10:34 AM EDT

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Red Bulls striker Thierry Henry spoke up yesterday on recent incidents of racism. The Red Bulls star, made famous through his fabled days at Arsenal and on some wonderful versions of the French national team, says point deductions might be the only way to properly punish clubs and their fans.

He stopped short of saying leagues and governing bodies should definitely do so, but believes it should be considered, at least.

Obviously, I am not in charge of this type of decision. That’s the only way. Because you would find normally that fans do care about that. If you do take points away, that can be pretty massive [for teams] that want to win the title. I do think that can be something that can be done.”

When pressed on whether that is truly fair, considering that minority factions are frequently responsible for the ugly stuff, Henry pressed on.

It’s hard. But if I tell you that if you don’t behave well, your team might lose the game … you might stop. I’m not saying you will stop, but you might stop. Because at the end of the day, we are all there for the team, for the club.”

Here’s the interview with Michelle Beadle and Dave Briggs:

(Oh, he also addresses “butt doubles.” Yes, a butt double.)

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