Zurich - Fifa will consider banning Turkey from the 2010 World Cup as punishment for the violence at Wednesday's playoff match against Switzerland in Istanbul, Fifa president Sepp Blatter said on Thursday.
"We will act tough," Blatter said. "The catalogue of sanctions extends from a simple warning to suspension of the federation, which could mean exclusion from the next international event."
Blatter said Fifa's disciplinary committee will start its investigation immediately and decide on sanctions by Dec 9, the date for the draw of the 2006 World Cup in Germany.
"In the truest sense of the word, fair play was trampled underfoot," Blatter told a news conference at Fifa headquarters. "This is unworthy of football. Football should promote understanding among peoples. This didn't happen here."
Blatter, who is Swiss, said he found it "difficult to speak as a Swiss and as a Fifa president about something that concerns both Switzerland and Fifa. But it's my responsibility."
Blatter said Marcel Mathier, the Swiss lawyer who heads the disciplinary committee, will refrain from considering the case.
The two teams tied 4-4 on aggregate, but the Swiss advanced to next year's World Cup in Germany on away goals.
"If a team that has won cannot celebrate on the pitch and instead have to run off like thieves, then something is wrong," Blatter said.
After the final whistle, both teams raced from the field apparently to escape angry fans. A scuffle between players from both sides ensued in the tunnel on the way to the locker room.
Swiss defender Stephane Grichting was injured in the brawl and hospitalised with a groin injury, the Swiss Football Association said.
Some of the violence was caught by television cameras.
Swiss player Benjamin Huggel kicked Turkish trainer Mehmet Ozdilek in the back of the legs as the two teams left the field. Turkey's Alpay Ozalan tried to kick Huggel in retaliation but instead made contact with another Swiss player in front of him. Huggel then grabbed Alpay around the neck and fell to the ground, with other players, coaches and security guards piling on.
Blatter said Fifa would consider a range of severe sanctions against Turkey.
I've seen the TV images, and I gotta say, they deserve nothing less. Huggel kicking Ozdilek was just disgraceful