The week in football: Jack's Easter message; Di Canio; the war on racism; plus the players from outer space
Jack Warner – identifying an Easter parallel after headlines linked him to the FBI's inquiry into alleged Fifa corruption. "I know of no other politician who has been so crucified as I have been … But I don't have to respond … Yesterday was the crucifixion. Today is not, so I will continue [with my work]. I sleep soundly at night."
Also setting the record straight: Paolo Di Canio, on Sunderland's website: "I am not political … I do not support the ideology of fascism. I respect everyone." (2006, in FourFourTwo magazine: "Why can't a social idea of a radical right wing be expressed democratically? The communists do it … and nobody says a word. Then they break my balls. Come on! Yes, I am a fascist, so what?")
• Paolo's broader view after his salutes upset Italian Jews in 2005: "For me, the gesture reflects membership of a group with true values … If we're now in the hands of the Jewish community, it's the end."
New last week from Zurich – Sepp clarifying January's statement that clubs guilty of racism should face relegation, "forcing them to take responsibility … nowhere in life can you solve problems by running away". Sepp's revised view: relegating teams is not the answer as it might "provoke hooligans to cause trouble".
"I don't think [the 75% tax on salaries over €1m] is good for French football. It's not good for French clubs and it's not good for the place of Ligue 1 in the world." Nasser al-Khelaifi, Qatari chairman of PSG, on the real victims of the French budget crisis.
Last week's fines from Costa Rica's Primera División: £65: Fine for Cartaginés after fans targeted Herediano's Waylon Francis with racist abuse – Francis telling media: "It's sad but it happens every time"; £150: Fine for Alajuelense for "failing to supply the balls on to the field for the start of the second half".
• Greece: Panathinaikos coach Fabri, leaving by "mutual consent" 24 hours after inviting the board to back him against player power. Fabri had told the press how his players "lack the blood or the balls to wear this shirt".
• Brazil: São Caetano sacking coach Ailton Silva for the second time in two months – his last spell ending after one win and three draws in 15 days. Silva: "They had a board meeting, without me, and I got fired again. I guess they don't like draws."
Romania: Astra owner Ioan Niculae, weighing up their defeat to Dinamo. "My players came from another world. I'm very disappointed. They betrayed football, they were incredibly weak. Players, coaches, they were all from outer space tonight. They were shaking in their panties, and that's the truth."
• Turkey: Galatasaray coach Fatih Terim after their defeat to Real Madrid: "I don't like talking about referees, I never talk about them. But, the referee was awful." Plus: "The referee was scared. He's not a referee for this level. Everyone says penalty, but the referee – he says nothing. He also gave lots of wrong decisions. However, referees aren't the subject of the conversation."
• Brazil: Guarani Juazeiro director of football Luciano Basilio, facing disciplinary charges over three alleged "respect" violations: 1) Telling the referee at their game against Maracanã: "You steal from Guarani! Bastard! Shameless thief"; 2) Telling officials at their game against Horizonte: "Bandits! Thieves! Stop thieving"; and 3) Telling the referee at Ferroviário: "Thief! God is watching, you know."
Argentina: Arsenal de Sarandí president Julio Grondona Jr on a brawl between his players and armed riot police in Brazil: "It was crazy. It felt like we were in the jungle and the police wanted to eat us." Julio said he called his dad, Fifa's vice president Grondona Sr, for advice on how to handle it. "Dad said: 'Don't be a fool. Suck it up.'"
Romania's Victor Piturca – asked by local media to respond to criticism from league president Dumitru Dragomir – "Dragomir? I saw him on TV the other day. He's always red faced and dresses like a communist from the 70s" – and to reveal how his public row with striker Adrian Mutu had ended: "Mutu phoned me to say sorry, he even cried." (Mutu: "That such a lie. I never cried. What does he think I am? Three?")
Turkey: Bursaspor keeper Harun Tekin, banned for four games for punching a pitch invader in the head seven times. "It was a tough decision, but fans had been upsetting me. I apologise to all the public."
Brazil: Bangu defender Celsinho on why he ran on to the pitch from behind his net without permission to make a goalline clearance, earning a six-game ban. "The referee said I was off the pitch receiving treatment. Of course I wasn't. I was just having a stretch."
Paraguay: Football model Larissa Riquelme, stepping down from the front line. "I'm a quiet girl, so from now on, I'll stay clothed. Frankly, other types of photos make my partner [Cerro Porteño midfielder Johnny Fabbro] a little bothered. So that's enough. No more. It's all about respect."