British minister: Sepp Blatter `should go’

A British government minister has called on FIFA President Sepp

Blatter to resign following his comments downplaying racism in

football.

Sports Minister Hugh Robertson says: ”For the sake of the game,

he should go.”

Blatter claimed in television interviews Wednesday that racism

does not exist on the pitch. He said if racist language is used

between players, the dispute should be resolved by a handshake at

the end of the match.

Robertson calls Blatter’s comments ”completely

unacceptable.”

He said in a statement Thursday ”this is the latest episode

that calls into question whether this man should be the head of

world football.”

Robertson, a longtime critic of FIFA, says ”there is no place

or excuse for (racism) either on or off the pitch.”