Soccer

Jomo Sono defends Blatter

2011-11-22 15:00
Jomo Sono (Gallo)

Johannesburg - Jomo Sono has thrown his weight behind Sepp Blatter following the FIFA president's controversial comments on racism in football.

Blatter came under fire last week after saying incidents of racial discrimination between players on the pitch could be settled with a handshake at the end of the match.

The Swiss, who has received support from SAFA, later apologised for causing offence, insisting he was misunderstood.

Sono finds the criticism puzzling.

"I simply can't understand the whole pandemonium surrounding Blatter's comments. All he was trying to do was restrict the issue to players only by insisting it does not exist on the field of play, but reactions from the opposition has been nothing but a farce, particularly from the English," Sono told Jomo Cosmos' website.

"If Blatter is truly a racist as they claim, I don't think he'd have brought the World Cup to Africa. Whatever he said or may not have said is immaterial at this time as his successes far outweigh his shortcomings.

"Sometimes people say things in the heat of the moment, things they may regret afterwards, but in this case I think he was only trying to play fair.

"From my point of view, his critics, particularly the English, should judge Blatter based on his numerous achievements in football and not by his views on racism.

"These are mere misinterpretations aimed at discrediting a man that has done so much for football," Sono concluded.

 

Read more on:    jomo sono  |  sepp blatter
NEXT ON SPORT24X

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
9 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

Live scoring

 
 
Featured Blog

The stock of Bulls and Sharks 2014 Super Rugby jerseys are slowly becoming available after the festive season break, writes blogger Baylion.

Latest blogs
Vote

Which team do you think will win the English Premiership?

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Newsletters Sign up for the Morning Glory, Super 15 and Soccer newsletters

Blogs Yes your opinion counts. Get it out there

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

Mobile Sport24 on your mobile phone - WAP, alerts, downloads, services

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

iPhone Latest Sport24 news on your iPhone

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

TV schedule Plan your couch time with our searchable sport TV guide

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

 
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.