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Blatter blasted for ‘condescending’ racism comments

CRITICISM: Blatter

FIFA PRESIDENT Sepp Blatter has come under fire for stating that racism in football can be settled by a simple handshake.

Blatter’s comments come in thr wake of two separate incidents involving Anton Ferdinand and John Terry and Patrice Evra and Luis Suarez that led to Terry and Suarez both being investigated for allegedly racially abusing their opponents.

The 75-year-old Blatter from Switzerland told CNN: "There is no racism [on the field], but maybe there is a word or gesture that is not correct. The one affected by this should say this is a game and shake hands.”

Former England captain Rio Ferdinand voiced his opinion Blatter’s comments via Twitter, saying: “Tell me I have just read Sepp Blatter's comments on racism in football wrong... if not then I am astonished.
“I feel stupid for thinking that football was taking a leading role against racism.....it seems it was just on mute for a while.”


ASTONISHED: Ferdinand

The Manchester United defender then wrote on Blatter’s Twitter page, adding: “your comments on racism are so condescending its almost laughable. If fans shout racist chants but shake our hands is that ok?”

Burnley defender and Players Footballers’ Association chairman Clarke Carlisle was also heavily critical of Blatter.

“We've come through some 20 or 30 years of campaigning to bring racism to the height of awareness that it is at the moment,” said Carlisle.


AWARENESS: Carlisle

"To come so far on such a sensitive topic, [yet] in one fell swoop he can almost give carte blanche that racism is acceptable between the hours of 3pm and 4.45pm on a Saturday."

However, Blatter later claimed that he had been misunderstood.

"I would like to make it very clear, I am committed to the fight against racism and any type of discrimination in football and in society," said Blatter in a statement.

"My comments have been misunderstood. What I wanted to express is that, as football players, during a match, you have 'battles' with your opponents, and sometimes things are done which are wrong.”

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