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LONDON - FIFA Vice-President Jeffrey Webb condemned "deep rooted racism" in Italy on Wednesday after Mario Balotelli was racially abused while training with the national team. A year after spearheading the strengthening of FIFAs discrimination sanctions, Webb is frustrated that some countries including Italy and Spain are not showing the commitment required to the fight against racism. "National associations obviously really have to not just talk about zero tolerance — they have to put action behind it," Webb told The Associated Press in an interview in London. "If you look at some of the decisions that have been taken in Spain and Italy definitely thats cause for concern." Balotelli, who is black, faced racist chants again on Wednesday morning in Italy — this time at the national teams World Cup training base in Florence. "Unfortunately, it just shows the deep rooted racism and prejudice that exists obviously in the Italian community and society at large," said Webb, who heads FIFAs task force against discrimination. "It is a fight, it is a challenge." And a challenge to ensure every country adopts the penalties adopted by FIFA last May, including minimum five-game bans for racist abuse by players, and point deductions or relegation for serious incidents in the stands. In Spain, Villarreals only sanction last month was a 12,000 euro ($16,000) fine from the league after a fan threw a banana at Barcelona defender Dani Alves, rather than any partial stadium closure for the next game. "We have seen national associations taking decisions and they have not implemented what FIFA has adopted or what UEFA has adopted (including a minimum 10-game ban for racism)," said Webb, who is also CONCACAF president. "In those cases now we have got to make sure that those regulations go down to the national associations — and the national associations hold the clubs accountable." To Webb, Spanish football remains in a state of denial about the extent of racism and the need to show a commitment to eradicating the scourge on the game in the home of the world and European champions. "Its obviously very much deep-rooted," he said of the situation in Spain, adding later: "In many countries its not high on the agenda." ___ Rob Harris can be followed at www.twitter.com/RobHarris Nolan Ryan Jersey . An offseason trade acquisition from Kansas City, Greinkes National League debut was delayed by a non-baseball injury in the spring, and he was 0-1 after dropping an 8-0 decision at Atlanta in his initial appearance with the Brewers on May 4. 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Its easy to forget Monahan doesnt turn 20 until next month. At six-foot-two and 185 pounds, he cruises into the faceoff circle with a confident demeanour. He says hes about eight pounds heavier than his rookie weight. "I focused on the stuff that I really needed to focus on, so I did a lot of strength training and explosive stuff and really focused on diet," Monahan said Monday in Calgary. When Monahan turned up wearing a tight T-shirt at a summer hockey camp run by Bob Hartley, the Flames head coach did a double take. "He just said I look like a man," Monahan said. "I worked hard this summer so I think its paid off. It obviously doesnt matter to me if other people notice it. It all comes down to me. "Whatever work I put in, I feel it on the ice and I think thats the biggest thing." Drafted sixth overall by the Flames in 2013, the centre from Brampton, Ont., had a legitimate shot at making a rebuilding Flames roster as an 18-year-old last fall. But his offensive contributions outstripped expectations. Monahan was the first Flames rookie since Jarome Iginla in 1996-97 to score 21 goals. Monahan did finish the season minus-20, but few Flames were in the black in plus-minus on a team that finished 27th in a 30-team league. Monahan put up impressive numbers despite a hairline fracture in his foot that kept him out seven straight games in November and December. With top-line centre Mikael Backlund sidelined with injury, Monahan averaged well over 18 minutes per game in the last five games of the regular season. He was then invited to play for Canada at the world championships, where he had two assists in seven games, to pack even more experience into his rookie campaign. "Suddenly hes more talkative. Its just part of feeling more confident," Hartley said. "Now he knows that he really has a spot on this team. He knows about the NHL. "We have big expectations about Monny, but what makes me feel the most comfortable is Monny by himself sets some real high expectations." Theres inevitable questions about avoiding "the sophomore slump." Monahan will no longer surprise opposing teams, so hell need that additional strength. "Heres my explanation on sophomore slump," Hartley began. "Number one, as a rookie, the other teams dont know you very well so sometimes you get the fifth or sixth defenceman, you get the third line playing against you. Sean Monahan will get much more attention from opponents this year. &quuot;Number two, and thats where I feel so good, is many young players get a great first year and they sit (on it).dddddddddddd Looking at Seans fitness test, just looking at him, you can tell that he spent the summer working out. Hes on a mission. That second part doesnt worry me one bit." New Flames winger Mason Raymond spent time on Monahans wing in a split-squad exhibition game Sunday against the Edmonton Oilers. "Yeah, young kid. Here I am nine years older," Raymond said. "Hes very mature for his age. Ive skated with him for the last month, but its impressive to see how he handles himself and understands whats expected of himself. "Its a treat to play with him so far. Were learning each other and starting to gel a bit." After a few skates and the exhibition game, Hartley has noticed theres more authority in Monahans game. "Battles in the corners, probably faceoffs also," the coach said. "I felt like last night he won many big faceoffs with us. Going around the defencemen, battling for loose pucks, thats where the opponents will notice it. "Hell be able to go with the big boys and play in those tough areas. Its impressive." The Flames have several centres in camp and the depth chart is fluid up the middle. Monahan, Backlund, Matt Stajan, Joe Colborne as well as prospects Max Reinhart, Markus Granlund, Bill Arnold and Corban Knight are battling for ice time and jobs. Theres room for Monahan to up his stock at main camp in the absence of 25-year-old Backlund, who has yet to participate in a full practice because of an abdominal injury. "I dont have any news to tell you, but Im worried," Hartley said ominously. "Hes still not on the ice. Id like to see him on the ice, thats for sure." Forward Sam Bennett, the highest draft pick in Calgary Flames history at No. 4 this year, is expected to practise Tuesday after sitting out the first few days of main camp with a groin injury. Calgary got down to 58 players Monday when the following players were assigned to their respective major junior teams: defenceman Jason Fram (Spokane Chiefs); winger Brandon Magee (Victoria Royals); goaltender Mason McDonald (Charlottetown Islanders); winger Hunter Smith (Oshawa Generals). The Flames have three pre-season games in as many days starting Wednesday when they take on the Arizona Coyotes in Sylvan Lake, Alta. Calgary then plays a home-and-away against the Vancouver Canucks on Thursday and Friday. Monahans mom Cathy relocated to Calgary last season to oversee her sons first year in the NHL. Monahan has taken a step forward in off-ice independence by moving in with Flames forward Lance Bouma to start this season. Who is going to cook? "Lance," Monahan said firmly. Jerseys From China Cheap NFL Jerseys Wholesale Wholesale Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys 2018 Jerseys Wholesale NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys Wholesale ' ' '