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Professional Footballers' Association chief Gordon Taylor has called for FIFA boss Sepp Blatter to stand down following his comments about racism in football.
Blatter has come under fire for his latest remarks, claiming racist abuse between players on the pitch should be settled by a handshake.
On the day that the Football Association charged Liverpool striker Luis Suarez with racially abusing Manchester United's Patrice Evra, and with an ongoing police investigation against John Terry, Blatter claimed racism on the field of play was not a problem.
The Swiss has since issued a statement in a bid to clarify his comments, but Taylor believes the FIFA president's position has become untenable.
"This is a bridge too far, the straw that broke the camel's back," Taylor told Sky Sports News."He made offensive comments some time ago about female footballers and then more recently he was very homophobic in Qatar.
"We have had the World Cup bid process, we have had corruption in his own back yard, the total failure to use technology to get justice on the field - but this just goes beyond the line to talk like he did - it just shows he is totally out of tune and out of time.
"He should move aside for Michel Platini, it is embarrassing. If one person should get it about racism it is the head of FIFA, which has 200 countries in the world that are so diverse with different backgrounds, colours, cultures, creeds. If he's not getting it, we have got to move on."
When asked if Blatter needs to step down, Taylor replied: "Without a shadow of doubt.
"He doesn't understand how divisive racism is - it creates 'them and us'. Football should be about pulling people together in society, that is what we are working hard on in England and why we are educating children, racism is caught not taught, we want a world where nobody even thinks about prefacing what they say with the colour of a person's skin.
"But when you have the head of the world body saying that anyone on the receiving end on the pitch of racism should just treat it as part of the game and shake hands, it is outrageous and he is just not with it."
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I, do not believe in indiscrimination of any kind, but I do feel that the non whites are milking the racism agenda, in such a way that is making a mockery of the real issues of discrimination. Yet the non whites are the most racist people on this planet and in particular in the UK. Do not take my word for it, try your luck at integrating into the black community, or Indian community, or Pakistani or Bangladeshi community, and then post your findings on this site.
I have lived in Africa and the Indian Sub-Continent so my comments are based on facts not hear say.
He should have been removed long ago and it will be a disgrace if he isn't today. It should not be up to him to stand down he should be stood down.
Not often I'd agree with Gordon Taylor, but you can't argue with a single word in this article. Blatter is a an embarrassment. Trouble is in his position he is literally seen as the voice of football and what he says has a significance that goes way beyond his offices in Switzerland.
There will be some out there, and round the world they're numbered in tens of thousands, who'll take these words as a nod and a wink that its "OK really" to shout racist insults and everything that comes from it.
Get him out while the game still has some sort of chance to salvage the last shreds of its integrity. He's an undiluted, and rather unpleasant, prat
What better place to launder Mafia money than Europe's capital of dodgy bank accounts and the home of FIFA itself.
And what better person than Blatter and FIFA to help that to happen also. He's the God Father of dodgy dealings that should have been sacked years ago.
Football is big business and It generates billions of pounds, So Blatter is not going to let something which he considers to be a minor problem like racial abuse get in the way of him and his FIFA cronies making money. The football world community needs to waken up to this corrupt organisation and give them a stern warning. Get rid of Blatter, Clean up your act and give us an honest FIFA President that knows something about football.
Yes he must go... but Platini as a replacement??... Give me a break... This is the guy who thinks that the new "Fair Play Rule " whereby clubs can only spend a % of their turnover will lead to a more evenly contested league system throughout Europe.. when it means precisely the opposite.. the likes of Barca and R.Madrid will pull even further clear of the rest of the teams in Spain.. Rangers & Celtic in Jockland...Bayern Munich in Germany.. and the big 4/6 here in the Premship.Rampant protectionism of the top teams... never mind they are all self serving money machines and sod the rest of football.
Yes we need to stop teams going into admin or bankruptcy, but if a sugar daddy comes along and bank rolls a club... why not??... as long as they don't go into debt to do it... a la Glazers and the departed yank scousers.
PS.. No axe to grind really... Exeter City and FOOTBALL SUPORTER
Whatever the rights or wrongs about Racism, we have to consider that if Blatter goes, Platini will take his place. Platini is the most racist guy on the planet! He cannot stand Brits and Englishmen in particular!
I bet we don't complain when that 'Frog' makes racist comments about us. Whoops, I've just been racist against the French......
This racism thing is getting completely out of hand and utterly ridiculous.
I am Scottish and have often been called Jock by English and Welsh folk.
I knew a few Welsh guys that are called Taff and Irish guys called Paddy.
Strictly speaking this is racism but we know better than to be so childish and petty.
The most publicised racism issues seem to happen on the football pitch in the heat of the moment and i think it is more to do with getting an opponent into trouble than actually being upset about a remark which has been made in the heat of the moment.
For goodness sake someone has to get a grip of this situation.
And yes Blatter should have been sacked a long time ago.
I dont want to describe my thoughts on his ability in his job as i may be acussed of racism.
Some of you don't understand the issue. Calling someone Black or White is not the problem, its what comes after it. E.g. If one says "white tr**h" that would be racist just as it would be racist to say "black ba*****d". You can have a go at someone without referring to their race, sexuality or disability.
Slack Bladder is a greedy, twisted and corrupt individual who shouldnt be allowed to "run" football the way he is doing so.
In my honest opinion, both he and his cronies should be forced out of power by every FA boycotting the next world cup (incl the qualifiers) and beyond until they quit.
The world cups etc would still go ahead but under the guise of the "Global Football Association" etc and the GFA would be run by a committee made up of world cup winning nations (ex-players only or suitable representatives) and there would be no president!!! Each committee member would take up a "chairman" role for 1 year only and therefore avoids the dictatorial situation we currently find ourselves in. Therefore if the chairman is a prat, he will only have to be put up with for 12mths!!
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