21 November 2012

Racism Is A Devil - Fifa Boss

GENEVA, Nov 21 ― FIFA president Sepp Blatter has described racism in football as “a devil.”

In an interview with the London Evening Standard yesterday, he again underlined his stance on racism, saying a simple handshake was not enough.

“What you can do by a handshake is try to make peace. You cannot eradicate racism by a handshake. To eradicate this devil is an educational problem. The problem is, if the school is not educating, if the family is no longer educating, sport must educate. But sport cannot do everything.”

Chelsea captain John Terry was given a four-match ban by the FA for racially insulting Queen Park Rangers defender Anton Ferdinand although he was cleared of racism in the courts in July after the saga had dragged on for a year. Blatter said the whole process had taken too long.

“The Terry affair should have been handled much quicker. Such matters should be dealt with as soon as possible, especially when players are concerned. Our sports authorities should deal with these matters directly. If afterwards the political authorities also intervene because they think it a very important case, that is up to them.”

“But to wait until the political authorities intervene and then take a decision on the sporting side, this is not the right procedure.”

Read more here.

P/S:  So when someone higher up mentioned "better to have a devil we know..." does it refers to a racist power that be?


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