Blatter sorry for race remarks

2011-11-18 12:06

London - FIFA president Sepp Blatter apologised on Friday for his "unfortunate comments" on racism in the game but rejected calls to resign as head of world football's governing body.

"It hurts and I am still hurting because I couldn't envisage such a reaction," Blatter told the BBC in an interview, admitting he had used "unfortunate words" which he "deeply regretted."

"When you have done something which was not totally correct, I can only say I am sorry for all those people affected by my declarations."

But when asked about calls from a British minister and others that he should quit for his remarks suggesting that disputes on the pitch involving racist abuse should be resolved by a handshake, he refused.

"I cannot resign. Why should I?" he said.

British Prime Minister David Cameron also called the comments "appalling" and sports minister Hugh Robertson and the head of England's Professional Footballers' Association, Gordon Taylor, said Blatter should quit.

Blatter's remarks have sparked a storm in England, where he was already unpopular for the way in which he and FIFA dealt with the country's failed bid to stage the 2018 World Cup.


  • Thulebona - 2011-11-18 12:12

    Someone silence this short imbecile!!

  • Tsholofelo - 2011-11-18 12:15

    Just last year FIFA was pledging to work on racial issues in soccer, but if the president of FIFA himself is a racist is anything going to be achieved. he must be charged for what he said and be prosecuted like everyone else who is being racist. His apology means nothing to me at all. What is it in this day and age that in a professional environment can push u 2 be racist that u even say it in person more especially in a presidency seat that the world is looking at. embarrassing indeed...

      Mohammed Afzal Jhetam - 2011-11-18 12:43

      Why do you say his a racist? His comments were not right but that doesn't make him a racist. He never said anything against any race.

      Brendan Fritz Backstrom - 2011-11-18 13:17

      Interesting piont...

      Mvikeli - 2011-11-18 14:53

      He may not be a racist but by saying that in the heat of the moment it's fine to be racist, he is condoning it.

      Tsholofelo - 2011-11-18 16:45

      for d same unfortunate reason that he does not see how offensive it is...excuses should not be prioritised here. if he can really say something like this, it means people will get away with racial discrimination, he will just say shake your hands and me that is very stupid.

      Sean - 2011-11-19 01:00

      This whole race thing is pathetic ! What Eusebio said about this matter is 100% right and thank God he is not white ! - PLEASE TAKE NOTE - I said Eusebio and not Blatter ! This whole race thing gets blown out of proportion !!!

      Sean - 2011-11-19 01:10


  • David - 2011-11-18 12:38

    why complain it seems to only happen in soccer and not in manly sports like rugbyprima donas? if only soccer players would concentrate on playing soccer and stop acting like prima donnas, acting when chalenged, falling down will always rather watch sports that has men and women doing well without acting like fools

      Sean - 2011-11-19 01:05

      @ David ! I`m a soccer player , but you have a valid point ! For me to dive and make as if you hurt is blatant cheating , but I suppose that is ok , just don`t make any racial remarks !!! Shocking !! How many cases where players complained about racial remarks were ``thrown out`` because they were fabricated ?????????

      Sean - 2011-11-19 01:09

      read this

  • Joseph - 2011-11-18 12:44

    sorry,sorry my foot, u must think before u open ur mouth,

  • Joseph - 2011-11-18 12:51

    hey,where is my comment mr editor ?missing in action or what ?

  • Lu - 2011-11-18 12:52

    I have always liked Mr. Blatter but his comments really made me think otherwise about him. As for England ppl taking him on, it was expected because England won WC bid before decision was announced and for their shock Mr. Blatter announce Qatar as the successful bid. England u r making a lot of noise about Blatter remarks about racism but yet their so called captain John Terry is undervestigation of racism and is still captaining England. Is this about comments made by Blatter or is about the man himself towards English ppl?

  • Mzimtsha - 2011-11-18 13:23

    I`m glad that the racism issue also deeply affects other nations other than Africans while South African residing whites and their minority concerned groups still cry loud as nonsense when the indigenous South Africans relate the actions of these EuroAfricans to racism.

  • Nkulekweni - 2011-11-18 13:24

    The U.K has always taken a stronger stand against racism than South Africa. Despite the fact that it is white majority country.

      emile.eley - 2011-11-18 13:40

      Makes one think doesn't it?

  • martin.gee.godfrey - 2011-11-18 13:58

    "It hurts and I am still hurting because I couldn't envisage such a reaction," Oh so that means you thought you could say whatever you liked then without recourse? Blatter is the Mugabe of football!

  • phillmusindo - 2011-11-18 13:59

    English people hv a problem...of course Blatter might hv bn wrong , but that definitely does not warranty his resignation. This is rather personal because England failed to host the 2018 world cup.

  • stkmoon - 2011-11-18 14:02

    All you suggesting Blatter should resign, you might not have heard this before but what goes on on that pitch is called a game for a reason. And by the way, there are more things you lot should make noise about. Things that actually matter and not a lil black football player who cries because someone noticed his skin colour.

  • psebe - 2011-11-18 15:01

    This resignation call by the English and it's partners in crime is not about racism or anything that has to do with it ,but entirely a way of revenge on the 2018 WC failed bid.English are racist themselves they were chanting racist slurs to black players,especially at London,playerS like OBOYE,ADOBAYOR..were victim of this.Beckham and his bosses were quiet all along about that,blatter has just used wrong words taking in to consideration of the fact that He is not an English and thanks God that He's not because SOUTH AFRICA or any country in AFRICA would never had a chance to HST the WORLD CUP.Blatter as a black man i forgive you because i understood your utterances and interpretation,i regard them as unfortunate and not intended to offend us black people..hope others will see it from the same angle.

  • Irene - 2011-11-18 18:59

    On Sky News, Tokyo Sexwale is supporting Blatter ! AND he is a supporter of our own Julius ! God help us if he ever bocomes our Pres.! I used to look up to him, but no more !! Mines will be nationalised, and racial slurs will be allowed ! SIES, TOKYO !!!!

  • Thobekani - 2011-11-18 19:45

    It's clear a White man will never like a black man!!!! Ohhhhh

      Virginia - 2011-11-22 15:51

      Thobekani, do not say that, we are not all racists, some people do not know how to make you angry the only way to do this is use that dreded word "Black". People have to start having respect for each other, we have different cultures and this must be respected. The men on the soccer field should be past this type of name calling, if you dont like the guy, walk away its better and less hassel eventually.

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