Blatter blasts back at Ferdinand

The Manchester United defender had condemned Blatter’s remark that

racism on the pitch was not a problem and that racist abuse between

players should be settled by a handshake. The comments stirred up a

storm which has led to calls for Blatter to resign. Ferdinand

contacted Blatter’s Twitter account directly, writing:

“@SeppBlatter your comments on racism are so condescending its

almost laughable. If fans shout racist chants but shake our hands

is that OK?” The England player also criticised FIFA’s attempts to

clarify Blatter’s comments with a statement on their website

underneath a picture of Blatter with South African minister Tokyo

Sexwale, who was imprisoned on Robben Island during the apartheid

era. Ferdinand wrote: “Fifa clear up the blatter comments with a

pic of him posing with a black man..I need the hand covering eyes

symbol!!” Blatter was stung into a response on Thursday and replied

directly to Ferdinand saying: “The ‘black man’ as you call him has

a name: Tokyo Sexwale. He has done tremendous work against racism

and apartheid in Africa. “We have done several joint activities to

raise awareness on the struggle against racism in South Africa.

FIFA has a long standing and proud record in the area of

anti-discrimination which will continue.”