Soccer

Blatter remarks 'unfortunate'

2011-11-18 13:57
Sepp Blatter (Gallo)
Johannesburg - FIFA president Sepp Blatter's comments that racism on the football pitch could be settled with a handshake were unfortunate, Tokyo Sexwale said on Friday.

"Blatter is a great man, nevertheless this is very unfortunate. It should never have happened," said the human settlements minister, speaking in his capacity as a member of FIFA's anti-racism committee.

He said he called Blatter on Thursday night, and the FIFA president said he intended issuing a statement of apology on Friday.

Slurs were being made in the game, but it "breaks the knees" to hear a racial insult, Sexwale said.

"It can't be washed away with [the] swap of a jersey."

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