Warnock: Strike by black players would force Blatter out

QPR boss says international strike would be the only way to force Fifa president to leave his post

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Warnock believes Blatter is untouchable at Fifa Photo: Hammersmith & Fulham Council

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Neil Warnock believes that the only way to force Fifa president Sepp Blatter out of his position is if every black player refused to play during the next round of international games.

The 75-year-old Swiss apologised for his remarks on racism in football on Friday but refused to stand down despite the widespread controversy.

Queens Park Rangers manager Warnock believes the Fifa president is untouchable – and that an international boycott would be the only way to force him out.

“Racism does happen on the field of play and the shaking of a hand just doesn’t put it right,” said QPR boss Warnock. “But who is going to sack him? I don’t see that anybody is going to sack him.

“I think the only way we could get him out of the situation that he is in if every black player in the country, in every country, refused to play in the next international game. That’s the only way. Nothing else is going to get him out until he wants to go.”

Warnock added: “He’s a clever old man. You can make any apology sound sincere if you want to. “I don’t think he’ll give two hoots if I’m honest. Not about England. Some of the other countries put [racism] under the carpet.

“I look at Spain and it is not as vital or major an issue over there like it is in England.”

Earlier, Blatter said he “deeply regretted” making the comments but insisted he has not considered stepping down, claiming that doing so would be “unfair”.

“I can only say I am sorry for all those people affected by my declarations,” Blatter told BBC Sport. “I cannot resign.

“It hurts and I’m still hurting over the serious incident. Why should I [resign]? When faced with a problem you have to face the problem.

“To leave would be totally unfair and incompatible with my fighting spirit, my character, my energy.”

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