AVB welcomes Blatter apology

BY foxsports • November 18, 2011

Villas-Boas insisted Blatter was wrong to suggest incidents of racist abuse involving players should be settled by a handshake but felt his apology on Friday morning should draw a line under the matter. Several of Villas-Boas' contemporaries believe Blatter is unfit to remain as FIFA president following his comments this week. But the Blues boss, whose own captain John Terry is facing a police investigation over allegations he racially abused an opponent, said: "To put in doubt the leadership of Sepp Blatter as FIFA president is not for me to say or managers to say. "It's for media to continue or not to pressurise him and analyse what he has been doing for the game, and not only the situation of the words that he said." He added on Friday: "Blatter made his apologies today and end of story. "When a person assumes he has made a mistake, it's for all of us to accept a mistake was made. "It's good that person is able to come out and retract the words that he said. "There are things that should have been avoided in the first place. But at least there is humility." Blatter veered from one extreme to the other on Friday morning when he claimed players found guilty of racially abusing an opponent should be kicked out of football. Villas-Boas, who was once again prevented from answering questions about the ongoing investigation into Terry's altercation with QPR defender Anton Ferdinand last month, said: "I cannot philosophise on Blatter's words." Liverpool striker Luis Suarez has denied a Football Association charge of racially abusing Manchester United's Patrice Evra and he has been supported by Brighton boss Gus Poyet, who said on Friday he would go to court to testify for his fellow Uruguayan. Villas-Boas, who is Portuguese, acknowledged that different countries had different ways of judging what was racist. He added: "Gus Poyet came out with those words because he has the view of the Uruguayan people. "It's not that it's the correct view but it's his view of the situation. "It doesn't mean everyone has to agree with what he says. The most important thing is to continue to fight it aggressively to 'take it out'." Villas-Boas hailed Britain for being at the forefront of combating racism. He said: "It should be banned from the sport in any kind of way, in every country, but different countries react differently. "Not that all of them aren't fighting discrimination and racism, but there are different cultural behaviours. "All of the countries are involved in different kinds of ways in fighting discrimination and racism. "It plays a decisive part for England to be one of the most important nations in taking it through."


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