Blatter urges abused to shake hands with racism

A perfunctory Google search proves conclusively that Sepp Blatter is, in fact, Lord of the Idiots. And perhaps, much like George Costanza he has decided that anything he has done up until this point was wrong and so he is now taking the opposite approach.

Let’s start with racism. What did Sepp Blatter think of racism a little over a year ago? He called upon FIFA to stamp racism out:

Football is a mirror of our society and is touched by its vices. Violence, cheating, doping, betting, discrimination and racism, these are all in our game. We have started to eliminate them, one is practically eliminated — this is doping. But here in this World Cup in South Africa, and specifically through this Congress, we declare we are against discrimination. Never, never again should we have any problems on any football field or in a stadium concerning discrimination or racism. If we are not able to do that through this 60th FIFA Congress, then we never will. We must end discrimination and racism.

Here here Sepp! It takes a brave man to admit that racism exists in modern football. I was subjected to much abuse for suggesting that a song about an African man’s father washing elephants was racist. So to hear the head of FIFA admit that there is a problem in world football with racism is refreshing.

Not only that but to state definitively that he wants to end racism in football is a massive task and one that FIFA should be proud of. Never, never again as he said, indeed.

That was 17 months ago. Never, never again would a player be allowed to call another player a “fucking black cunt” on the pitch. Yes! Never, never again would Barcelona’s racist supporters be allowed to make monkey chants at opposition players because they are slightly more dark skinned than Sergio Busquets. Yes! Preach it Sepp!

And now here we are with no less than 4 players (off the top of my head) who have accused others of racially abusing them and Sepp Blatter springs into action and issues a definitive statement:

But also the player who is affected by racism, he should say that this is a game. We are in a game, and at the end of the game, we shake hands, and this can happen, because we have worked so hard against racism and discrimination.

What happened to “never, never again?” How did that clarion call to end racism become “shake hands with racism?”

Perhaps it’s because FIFA isn’t really interested in ending racism and Sepp Blatter isn’t really a champion of justice? Maybe that’s why Russia, with clubs like Zenit St. Petersburg who are openly racist and where incidents of banana throwing are still happening to greats like Roberto Carlos, won the World Cup bid?

Perhaps Sepp would recommend that Roberto Carlos simply get on with the game and after the final whistle, maybe the Brazilian should seek out the banana lobber and shake his hand?

Or maybe Roberto Carlos could give the guy a shirt? This has to be the next logical step in FIFA’s “pretend racism doesn’t exist” initiative: the “swap shirts with racism” campaign will be a huge success. It has to be, because everything that FIFA has tried up until now has failed.

Ergo, Sepp Blatter has decided to try The Opposite: shake hands with racism.

Qq

38 thoughts on “Blatter urges abused to shake hands with racism

  1. +5 Vote -1 Vote +1T-Town

    This is what you should all remember about Roberto Carlos, not the banana. That first goal was in a friendly which I watched live.

  2. +1 Vote -1 Vote +11niltothearsenal

    This whole incident would be funny…except it isn’t. It IS irresistably stupid, vaguely depressing and most vexingly, entirely unsurprising. The more things change the more they stay the same.

  3. Vote -1 Vote +1Limestonegunner

    Brilliant post, Tim. And the last one was too–just hilarious. Welcome back from nickname purgatory.

  4. Vote -1 Vote +1Masterba...ker

    FIFA is corrupt to the core, and Sepp Blatter is case in point; a man re-instated term after term by an army of bureacrat cronies who are not held to account back home in their own countries and by their own FA’s, many of whom are alleged or well understood to accept bribes and favors. The award of the 2018 and 2022 World Cups was a complete farce – you can’t convince me that Qatar didn’t grease Blatter’s palm somehow, he’s just too clever to get caught. But I guess he’s not too clever to be exposed as a racist himself, because that’s what he is. All this talk in the past was your typical Eurocrat-elitist enlightened rhetoric about combating a vile strain in our society, but in the end he and his buds didn’t really believe their own words.

  5. Vote -1 Vote +1joakal

    What does Bladder have to gain from pretending it doesn’t exist? I’m really not sure, it’s so easy to make the “appropriate” remarks like he’s done before… what’s different this time?

  6. +1 Vote -1 Vote +1critic

    Just out of curiosity…
    if a black guy says ‘fucking white cunt’, would it be deemed racist? Has this sort of incident happened before?

    1. Vote -1 Vote +1Tim Post author

      @critic, in England I think it would be prosecuted exactly the same. In America neither would be prosecuted in a court of law but instead just in the court of public opinion.

      1. Vote -1 Vote +1critic

        @NYC_GOON, Coz i am getting an impression racism is only associated with one color. All the past incidents in football involves a dark skin person. Can u cite an example of reverse situation?

      2. Vote -1 Vote +1NYC_GOON

        You cant state instances of racism when infact you dont know of all the racism that exists in football. We are not insiders. Just like you cannot ACTUALLY prove that there is ANY victims of racism in football that are black.

        Racism does occur and is not just associated with black people. Football is not an exception.

        Just use your brain and think. Anyone can accept be sworn to, but not accept being singled out for being a particular colour. You can stop being a cunt, but you can never stop being black.

      3. Vote -1 Vote +1critic

        @NYC_GOON, my question is simple and don’t make it complicated : can u give an instance of reverse racism? ( calling some1 white something)

        P.S : i am against any kind of discrimination.

      4. +2 Vote -1 Vote +1NYC_GOON

        p.s. I am an ethenic minority and not white, but people assume racism is always one way and its not.

      5. +2 Vote -1 Vote +1Casual Observer

        @critic, Basically in theory, Caucasians can be adversely discriminated by skin colour/race (look up the definition of “racism”). But as in most instances of discrimination, it usually occurs to a more vulnerable group/category of peoples. Being part of a minority places you in that group. Not that I’m a language expert, or student of social anthropology or anything like that, but anything excluded from the majority is “strange” by definition and probably somewhere along the line was considered abnormal…

        Anyway “racism” is not a term reserved for discrimination against black people… “reverse racism” would therefore probably be something more akin to idol worship of black people (generally something that I adopt, as they essentially run rings around me in every known sport as my flabby Eurasian body feebly gasps for air). Pedant behaviour aside… For abovementioned reasons, if there are examples, it’s probably found in areas of life (or in your specific criteria, competitions) where black people, or the usual minority, outnumber white people.

      6. Vote -1 Vote +1GoonerTerry

        @critic, OK I can address this directly: yes there are occasions where black people will make racist comments about white people! What’s your point?

        There are basically a lot of ass holes around and they are not confined to just one colour…

      7. +1 Vote -1 Vote +1critic

        @critic, In my opinion racism can’t be eliminated through fear of punishment. It can only be eliminated through proper education and innovating ideas. But some a**holes will remain a**holes hence punishing such people also becomes necessary. But then such people will hate other ethnic group more, don’t u think?

        Another thing that i love about arsenal is they have multi-cultural team. Individuals from different ethnicity come together, work together as a team. This could be one of the way ‘forward’(arsenal’s brand).

        As for denying some1 opportunity on the basis of his race is plain crime(and the more severe type of discrimination in my opinion). That doesn’t happen in top football clubs(top 5 leagues at least) and should be eliminated completely from all levels if it exist.

  7. Vote -1 Vote +1gsco

    Blatter is a disgrace and should step down or be removed. Any other organization would dump him ASAP. It’s not just these comments, but the fact that he is such a bigot that no one is actually surprised he said it. His previous comments on women and homosexuals should have been enough previously.
    Not to mention that if you run an organization that has been exposed with so many corruption scandals, even if you aren’t corrupt yourself (unlikely), you are inept and not fit for the job.
    FIFA is joke and he is a disgrace. But they answer to no one so they won’t do anything.
    It would be nice to see some FA’s take a stand and split. That’s the only way something would happen. But they are corrupt and screwed up as well. It’s a situation where they are all pigs at the trough. If any of them crosses the head pig (Sepp), he gets thrown out and banned. Amazing how all the folks that have tried to take him on are banned. Amazing…
    It is really astonishing how corrupt, bigoted, and disgraceful FIFA now are. Depressing because I don’t see how anything is done. Maybe the Swiss will get so sick of them disgracing their soil and do something about it. There has been some hint of that. Would love to see them put them into a criminal trial or just kick them out. Unlikely.
    I sent a note to FIFA demanding Sepp step down. Worthless I know. But maybe a whole bunch of notes from fans might make them think about it a bit more.

  8. +5 Vote -1 Vote +1London Calling

    So Sepp responded to Rio Ferdinand tweet by attaching a photo of him hugging a black man called Tokyo Sewage (What a name …Tim I like your Twitter idea).

    Following his response to Rio Ferdinand which illustrates that criticism has got under his skin and he is now aware how important the issue is to the community…..if he didn’t before.

    All that being said how anyone can make any headway on this affair while two of the biggest clubs in world football (Liverpool and Chelsea respectively) so steadfastly refuse to hold disciplinary enquiries in respect of their own players alleged racism to opponents in the field of play and will no doubt offer only the mildest of cooperation to The FA, which explain why JT enquiry is taking so long..

    It hardly surprising Mr Sepp Blatter is wondering what the fuss is all about because our own (UK) FA sees no problem with a white player calling a black player on the field of play a tirade of derogatory words. Saying that I would be more than a little disconsolate if a black player made disparaging remarks towards a white player.

    Kick Racism Out

    1. -2 Vote -1 Vote +11NilToTheArsenal

      @London Calling, Great post, but it does occur to me, hoe much is considered just testosterone driven twenty-something “trash talk” among players (i.e. “I’ve got your black/white ass”, “You’re my bitch now”, “All DAY you #$%$, all DAY!”, and how much is truly, genuinely offensive? Where does one draw the line?

    2. -2 Vote -1 Vote +1GoonerTerry

      @London Calling, I am a little in two minds regarding Evra because I AM a black man and you should hear what I call the F%%^&er every time I see his F^^%&ing face! I wish Suarez had just punched him in the face and be done with it! <>

      1. Vote -1 Vote +1GoonerTerry

        , So you lot are all of a sudden Evra lovers? Last year when he was public enemy to every single Gooner don’t tell me you lot never called him a few names…I did…and I still seriously dislike the bastard…and I stick by my comments…what do you think he said to Suarez in the first place? Do you think that the Liverpool player just went up to him and called him a black cunt or whatever? Evra is a dirty bastard and he is very underhanded. He – and most united players – will all kinds of dirty means to unsettle opposition players…that’s the game they play…

      2. Vote -1 Vote +1London Calling

        @GoonerTerry, This is where I become afraid because as an Arsenal supporter I never neither consider Patrice Evra thefootballer nor wish to be abusive towards him. He does not flicker in my radar.

        However I am a great believer of what goes around comes around. Evra called our players little boys a year or so ago….. And three weeks ago they crumbled as children in thier own back yard through a master class of football by ManCity.

        What I’ve learnt in life…. if you wait long enough the world rights itself… but we have a long way to go with racism

      3. +2 Vote -1 Vote +1GoonerTerry

        @London Calling, hey buddy I must confess I sometimes have a little fun when it comes to a discussion on racism on these type of fora..(my Evra comment was me playing the Devil’s advocate) My opinion is that it suits most people to be sanctimonious about racism from behind their key boards (and let me say that as a black man that grew up in the UK I would be the last one to belittle the indignation of anyone when it comes to racism…but)…But Racism for most black people means something all together different to what was being discussed on this forum. I tell people that we have come a long way from what I and my own family experienced in Britain. When it comes to sport we are actually winning the war in the UK – believe it or not. So I understand the attitude of zero tolerance. But indignation without understanding can be a form of discrimination. Things are said on the sporting field – in the heat of the battle – that often is forgotten in the bar afterward (in this respect Sepp had a point) but is every one who calls another person a black or white so-and-so a racist? I would say no…

        I realize that I may be in a minority here but as a black man I just get amused when a bunch of white people get all frothy about an issue that they have no idea about…because in Britain the majority of white people have never experienced discrimination against them…

        Let the assault on my character begin….(0; (see my post about smiley faces)..

  9. -1 Vote -1 Vote +1metalhead

    By the numbers:

    20,000: Number of years it would take for a black man’s off springs to become Caucasians(when subjected to cold climatic conditions)

    1: number of seconds it would take to put a bullet up Blatter’s arse and rid the world of a worthless fiend.

  10. +1 Vote -1 Vote +1jacob

    great post. important subject that has no place a long with all the other obcenities directed towards players and coaches

  11. Vote -1 Vote +1nycgunner

    How are ya Tim? Glad you dropped 7azza. I found it confusing.

    So what else can you do but just shake your head at anything that Blatter says that’s as nonsensical as that? At this point he’s like an old, crazy uncle in the family that everyone is just waiting on to die. The difference is there was probably a time when that belligerent and inappropriately behaving uncle of yours was loved by everyone. The good news is – the Gunners are back this weekend! This was one the most horrible of all International breaks in a long time and I remember some real dull ones.

  12. Vote -1 Vote +1Cliffy

    “You fucking black cunt”

    Isnt it odd in some way that a man picks the offensive word of the four as the third one? I mean..would he be OK if its only the other three?? I am sure..there are footballing cultures where those three words are spewed out day in day out.. We cannot ignore those cultural differences.

    But if football is going to be a universal sport, there has to be a universal law governing the matters. Law has to have certain words/phrases which are deemed No-No irrespective of the context they are used. Heat of the moment, in an argument, while tying boots…NO!!

    A sportsperson should behave much better than a mob and better than his individual self on pitch. Its a game, not a place to run your arguments on anything other than football.

    I am sure most players dont actually mean the abuses they hurl out in the pitch..and its triggered by the context of things. But there has to be a line and its for the FAs to draw it, make it clear. Players violating it gets punished..end of.

    1. Vote -1 Vote +1GoonerTerry

      @Tim, all work and no play makes Tim a dull boy…

      On to another subject kinda related to the main subject: I really hate smiley faces, yet I use them all the time so that people can clearly see that I am attempting a joke… but from now on I will not be using them willy-nilly (no offense to all you Willy’s & Nilly’s out there) but I have had enough of tight arsed people who get offended at every little thing…Down with smiley-faces I say – unless of course you are being really, really sincere then of course I guess its OK to put a little one at the end of a comment you intend to be a joke…I guess (0;

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