FIFA President Sepp Blatter: “There’s No Racism in Football”
FIFA President Sepp Blatter believes that there is no racism is the sport of soccer, The Telegraph reports.
“I would deny it. There is no racism,” said Blatter told CNN. “There is maybe one of the players towards another, he has a word or a gesture which is not the correct one.”
“I think the whole world is aware of the efforts we are making against racism and discrimination,” Blatter continued. “And on the field of play sometimes you say something that is not very correct, but then at the end of the game, the game is over and you have the next game where you can behave better.”
The comments come amidst charges that Liverpool star Luis Suarez made racist remarks, after Manchester United player Patrice Evra issued a complaint.
The Football Association formal statement on Suárez said:
“It is alleged that Suárez used abusive and/or insulting words and/or behaviour towards Manchester United’s Patrice Evra contrary to FA rules. It is further alleged that this included a reference to the ethnic origin and/or colour and/or race of Patrice Evra.”
“You can see [Suarez] say a certain word to me at least 10 times,” Evra told French media. “There is no place for that in 2011.”
Suarez says he will plead not guilty to the charge and wants to clear his name; his soccer club remains “fully supportive” of Suarez.