FIFA president Sepp Blatter has apologised after claiming racism on the football pitch does not exist, which led to calls for his resignation.  

Blatter claimed “I cannot resign” and that it would be “unfair” if he left the FIFA organisation. “I am sorry, and I regret that my statements earlier this week have resulted in an unfortunate situation” said Blatter. “I am committed to the fight against racism.”

…charged for racially abusing…

Despite the racism investigations on going in the Premier League, between Anton Ferdinand and John Terry, as well as Luis Suarez recently being charged for racially abusing Patrice Evra during a game, Blatter shot himself in the foot with some purely naïve comments. Blatter suggested that racial discrimination can be settled by a simple handshake.

Blatter’s outrageous claims came under huge criticism, from people in all aspects of the game, and are added to the long list of controversies the president of FIFA is responsible for since he took over the football governing body in 1998.

…‘wrong’ and ‘irresponsible’. 

Rio Ferdinand accused the FIFA president of “ignorance” and David Beckham said his comments were “appalling”. FA chief David Bernstein said Blatter was “wrong” and “irresponsible”. Also the leader of the Labour party labeled Blatter’s comments as a “disgrace”.

The stubborn president has faced allegations of financial mismanagement, continual dismissal of technological assistance and rigged elections. He once claimed female footballers should “wear tighter shorts and low cut shirts” in order to attract more male fans to women’s football. These are just a few things that have made him such a disliked figure at the head of football.

Image courtesy of Sepp Blatter

 

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