Jomo Sono defends Blatter

2011-11-22 15:00

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.



  • Virginia - 2011-11-22 15:32

    Wow Mr Sono, well spoken, I love watching soccer/football, and found the outcry against Mr Blastter uncalled for. Our societies must stop judging people by the colour of their skin, and people of colour must stop looking for racism in everything when they are critized. Many South Africans have learned over the past 20 years that using the word black in a sentence when critzing someone of colour is not the correct way, this is racism and I hope that the people of colour in this country/world also realise that discriminating against whites, Jews,Catholics, muslims is also a sign of racialism. Lets start putting this behind us and start being big enough to stand up when this happens to us, authorities are tired of listening to this continuous outcry from people, lets start being diciplined enough and respectful to each other.

  • Heiku - 2011-11-22 15:41

    Respect mr Sono. You have gained mine.

  • Mkhuseli Khusta Gontsana - 2011-11-22 16:06

    amen bra j, sepp is the best president that fifa has ever had.

  • Thulani - 2011-11-22 18:00

    Yeah well said bra J if someone calls you derogatory names its fine shake hands and smile. Fix your team first before you start opening your big mouth. This season we have not won not even one game.

  • Zack - 2011-11-23 11:15

    Sono, stick to your loosing team. How long are we going to sit back and be victimised while we justify nonsense. Racism is so apparant in South Africa and we all know it, but as soon as someone cries fowl, we look for fault in them.

  • ezekiel.ratshefola - 2011-11-23 13:21

    Sono should stop defending racist and concentrate on His team surviving relegation again.

  • wbswanepoel - 2011-11-24 09:33

    Jomo Sono - love it when people give their honest opinion - and yes, people do say things without using their brains when they are feeling hot under the collar. Some people call others terrible names when they are angry and then realise what idiots they were and apologise. Doesn't make it right but we are human beings with faults not robots. All races have faults - doesn't mean we can't talk about it and give our opinion.... I really think respect is key with everything and tolerance.

  • Inky - 2011-11-24 10:21

    Blatter brought the world cup to Africa to secure the African vote for his re election which does not imply that he is not a racist.

  • bplupiya - 2011-11-24 12:55

    the English are the real racists..Their english cpatain is the racist..and to top it up, the English are the ones who said Africa cant host a successful World cup, they even send their reporters to come and jeopadise our security systems..

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