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Thursday, 17 November 2011

No Racism in Football - Sepp Blatter says abuse is just a tactic.

FIFA's president says there is no racism in football.

Asked whether he thought racism on the pitch was a problem, FIFA's president Sepp Blatter told CNN World Sport: "I would deny it. There is no racism. There is maybe one of the players towards another - he has a word or a gesture which is not the correct one. But the one who is affected by that, he should say 'this is a game'. We are in a game, and at the end of the game, we shake hands, and this can happen, because we have worked so hard against racism and discrimination."

No racism in football????????????

Is Sepp Blatter on another planet? Does he live in a world where men and women are actually always judged by the content of their character and not their skin colour? Does he refuse to see the disgusting sight when English teams go to play in some European countries and the fans of these European clubs mock and hoot at the black players all through the game?

While Blatter accepts there is some racism by fans which still needs to be stamped out, in his view, there is none on the football pitch. In his world, anything players say to each other on the pitch is all part of the game. The black players should man up, grow a pair, be good sports about it, understand it's all about their opponent trying to out-psyche them - and once the game is over, they should accept an apology and shake hands on the pitch afterwards.

Blatter is unbelievable! So, call me a black idiot or a monkey on the field, but as soon as the game is over, just apologise and say it was a game and let's shake hands?

This is utter madness! A black player is meant to ignore the crude racist abuse from the fans of opposing European teams and is now also expected to ignore being racially abused on the pitch. I guess in Blatter's tiny little world, all black people are smiley happy robots who just shrug off any abuse. It's all part of the game, innit!!

This is the same Sepp Blatter who said women footballers should wear tighter shorts to boost the popularity of the female game! What next??? Have the black female players play topless during the game?

The UK has definitely come a long way from the dark days of the 1970's. Black players are no longer routinely called monkeys or have bananas thrown on the pitch. Some racism still exists but the football clubs and the FA have done a lot to stamp out the petty everyday racism that black players had to face daily from their own team-mates and fans 20 - 30 years ago. Football is probably the most racially united game in the UK with fans of a team no longer caring what colour their players are, as long as they deliver on the pitch. As an Arsenal fan, I can tell you we would happily accept players from Mars if they were geniuses on the pitch!

The English FA is currently dealing with 2 high profile cases of alleged racism - Liverpool's Suarez has just been accused of racially abusing Patrice Evra of Man U and Chelsea's John Terry is under investigation for abusing Anton Ferdinard who plays for QPR. John Terry also happens to be England's captain, so it will be interesting to see how the issue is dealt with.

Just remember, when you are called racist or sexist names on the pitch or at your work-place, understand it is all a tactic to psyche you out, do a Blatter and shake your opponent's hand afterwards! *sarcasm*


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