FIFA President Sepp Blatter Issues Half-Apology for No Racism in Soccer Comment.
FIFA president Sepp Blatter apologized for saying racism doesn’t exist in soccer, but stopped short of a full apology and rebuffed calls for his resignation. He sparked outrage after saying racist abuse doesn’t exist on the soccer field and that any racial incidents could be settled by a handshake at the end of a game.
Sepp Blatter must be living in denial or in a fantasy land. There have been several well-publicized incidents of racism in soccer, particularly in European countries. Let’s not try to sweep racial intolerance under a rug. In case Sepp Blatter doesn’t know, authorities in Great Britain are investigating allegations that Liverpool striker Luis Suarez and Chelsea defender John Terry racially abused black players during Premier League games. I don’t think that racist behavior ended with a handshake after those games.