David Cameron blasts Sepp Blatter’s ‘appalling’ comments

Prime Minister releases statement saying Fifa president Sepp Blatter's comments on racism were "appalling"

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Blatter was re-elected unopposed as Fifa president in June Photo: The Sport Review

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Prime Minister David Cameron has hit out at Fifa president Sepp Blatter, saying his recent comments on racism in football are “appalling”.

Blatter sparked widespread controversy on Wednesday when he suggested in an interview that any racism on the football pitch could be resolved by a handshake after the game.

The 75-year-old Fifa president has since moved to clarify his remarks, insisting he has been misunderstood.

But the British Prime Minister said: “It’s appalling to suggest that racism in any way should be accepted as part of the game.

“A lot of work has gone into ridding racism from all aspects of our society, including football. As many of our top sports stars have rightly pointed out, now is not the time for complacency.”

Earlier, PFA chief Gordon Taylor added his voice to calls for Blatter to resign as Fifa president – a position he has held since 1998.

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