In an interview with CNN FIFA President Sebb Blatter was asked if racism exists in football and he replied,
‘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 also the one who is affected by that, he should say that this is a game. ‘We are in a game, and at the end of the game, we shake hands, and this can happen. On the field of play sometimes you say something that is not very correct, but then at the end of the game you have the next game where you can behave better.’
As you can imagine his ridiculous comments have caused OUTRAGE and has even forced premiership/England player Rio Ferdinand to speak out via Twitter.
Loads of people have commended Rio for speaking out publicly (myself included). When has a black/mixed race premiership footballer EVER spoken out so publicly about racism or confronted a major figure in the game on it? I will tell you when – NEVER! I was impressed and also in shock.
Then I remembered that old Sebb Blatter here is a hate figure within the realms of English football since England failed in its bid to host the World Cup and lost out to Russia and Qatar. Since then Blatter has been accused of corruption and there have been calls for his resignation.
Rio won’t face any backlash from his comments (I am sure he knows this which could explain why he decided to speak out on this occasion) because everyone within the FA (Football Association) the fans and media hate old fool Blatter and pray for his downfall.
It is therefore safe to confront Sebb.
Other high profile figures in football including QPR owner Tony Fernandes and England manager Fabio Cappello have also gone on record to say that racism doesn’t exist in football amongst other things (2 weeks ago), but Rio didn’t say anything then.
When the press released pictures, obviously staged, of John Terry who is currently under investigation for “allegedly” racially abusing his brother Anton Ferdinand, laughing, joking and dancing with black players he didn’t say anything then.
But hey perhaps I am being far too cynical and looking too deeply in to this situation.
Anyway, it is still good to see a high profile player speaking out for a change, and not one who has decided to speak out years later after retirement.
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