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Soccer star says deduct points from teams with abusive fans

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By RONALD BLUM
AP Sports Writer

HARRISON, N.J. (AP) - Thierry Henry says soccer officials should deduct points from teams whose fans racially abuse players.

Several players have been targets of abuse from supporters in recent weeks, including American forward Jozy Altidore of the Dutch club AZ Alkmaar, Barcelona defender Daniel Alves and AC Milan midfielder Kevin-Prince Boateng, who led his teammates off the field during an exhibition game in protest.

Asked during an interview with The Associated Press on Monday how to stop abuse, the former Arsenal and Barcelona star responded: "Maybe take some points away."

Preparing for the start of his third full season with Major League Soccer's New York Red Bulls, Henry says Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard "would be a perfect fit for this league."

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