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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  1. This whole football and racism thing is getting beyond the joke
    When that old crow Seb Blatter opens his mouth, you know whatever comes out of it is going to be nothing but verbal diaohrea!
    If he cant “get it” then it’s no surprise that imbeciles like John Terry can claim that “I was just checking to see if Anton was o.k. with me calling him a f@ckin black c@nt!, my words were taken out of context!!!” WTF! Really Terry, what other context would you possible use that in?? MUG!!!
    It sickens me to my stomach when you see people like this who have these major platforms to stand on, with shit loads of money, talk like they are still living in the 1950s.
    It was also announced that Luis Suarez has finally been charged for using racist language against Patrick Evra.
    Hmm, and there will be more instances like this until people realise that it’s unacceptable behaviour to think that you can treat black people like we haven’t contributed greatly to the millions/billions of pounds that this game brings in.
    If all the black players in the world decided to stop playing tomorrow, the game and business of football would be up shit creek without a paddle.
    Also, the football players that are currently playing need to be more vocal. Them sitting there in silence just makes racist chumps like Terry look at us like a bunch of c@nts (cos half the time that how a lot of them act), which is why those insults fall so freely from his mouth.
    The idiots that are happy to stand beside him, and smile like a damn fool is doing nothing but reinforcing his mind that black people are nothing but a bunch of jiggaboos.
    This is why at times, I don’t feel bad for some of the black footballers in the game, they only bitch and complain when some wotless wag has sold a story about them and their dutty sexual practises, but when it comes to being vocal about something that actually matters, they aint got shit to say. KMT!
    If you stand for nothing, you will fall for anything!!

  2. Haha, i don’t think you are being cynical. How come the Liverpool incident has been sorted, and the Ferdinand incident can’t be sorted? The FA is a joke. Some people can’t be touched and others can. As for blatter, i think he is a racist himself, that is why he sees nothing wrong with racism and sees no racism. Is there any difference between what he said and what Capello said? They said the same thing in effect.

    As for you Ferdinand, i have not heard any statement from you since your brother was racially abused, if your silence has been due to legal reasons, fine. But your brother has been left to hang and in all this time, i only heard one black football personality come up against Terry and to the defence of Ferdinand junior. Some just literally sold him out and left him to the dogs. Where was the support? And you know what? Racism exists, it has never been on mute, you just decided to go deaf.

  3. Maximum brap for Rio speaking out but we need more black players doing the same and not just at selective moments. Rio is right though, the racism was indeed on “mute” for a while. The hostility of racism in football is really a microcosm of society in general and should at least tell black people one thing, “YOU ARE NOT LIKED BY WHITE PEOPLE AND YOU ARE NOT WANTED BY THEM EITHER”.

  4. As you rightly said Rio has chosen his moment carefully, i’d imagine Man U’s lawyers have instructed him, but in this instance it shouldnt be about a lawyer or a team or the game. The ‘Kick Racism out of Football’ initiative is a huge campaign, and the silence on the Terry issue, from the black players especially is deafening. The was such an outcry when Terry slept with Wayne Bridges wife, so much support for Wayne bridge, but apart from Rio who has come out in support of Anton? Its sickening, and has put me right off football to be honest.

  5. I had a feeling this would happen. Unless my twitter app is being selective in what I’m seeing Rio has deleted some of the tweets Janice managed to catch and post.

    I don’t see the one directed at Sepp or addressing FIFA.

  6. I’ve never liked Rio Ferdinand, but I respect him for this, you know the FA are looking at him like a problem now which to them is a ni***r that doesn’t know his place. Sep Blatt is a fool, how about I call his daughter, his wife and his mother a hoare and then said I’m sorry, would he want to shake my hand after I don’t think so SMH

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