Let’s get a few things straight before you think of lynching me for this.
Firstly Sepp Blatter reminds me of Tony Soprano, he runs a very well organized crime family (true every now and again he needs to, figuratively, kill off a few people but which mob boss doesn’t?) , he makes masses of money and people around him are too shit scared to replace him.
Secondly I believe in abuse during sport. I like the aggression, the rivalry and the passion it promotes BUT, an enormously big BUT, (Kim Kardashians ears are burning) never ever should any form of abuse be racial. If my opponent is a **** then he is a ****, not a black, green, white or orange ****, the word **** should carry enough weight to be abusive. If comments are ever based on race either positive or negative in a sporting environment or not – THEY ARE GENERALIZATIONS, RACIST AND ARE UNNACCEPTABLE!
Good now let’s get on with my defense of Sepp . . .
The man runs an exceptional business, whether crooked or not, he consistently delivers to the football watching community on such a big shiny platter that it gets our mouths watering! He has made a few puzzling decisions on video reffing and goal line technology but if you look around the sporting world these decisions are not out of place in baseball, basketball and football.
So to his comments . . .
We live in a time where every sound bite is recorded and sent around the world through social media for every person on earth to comment on. With that amount of coverage at some point you will slip up, you don’t have to do it target=”_blank”>EVERYTIME like Mr Joe Biden, but you will at some point say something that can be interpreted horribly or taken out of context!
Sepp said ‘things get said on the field in the heat of the moment, as long as players shake hands after the final whistle its fine’. Do I believe he was referring to racism, not really, he was referring to the abuse players give each other in general he just happened to be the straw that broke the proverbial camel’s back.
He came after John Terry parading as a nazi in Chelsea blue ( target=”_blank”>see the video later), then Luis ‘cheating little bastard’ suarez being charged by the FA for racist comments against the epic and stoic Patrice Evra. Even Tigers former caddy getting pissed with all other caddies got caught for referring un-lovingly to Tigers black ass.
Before we could clarity Rio jumped on the Twitter bandwagon, as did the ever moronicly narcissistic Piers Morgan and somehow Tokyo Sexwale became the center piece of Blatters rebuttal . . .
The world was in an uproar calling for the head of the world’s biggest crime family’s (FIFA) head. The man who has focused on anti-racism campaigns trying ACTIVELY, not just talking about it in the press, to stamp out racism and at the first stumble of words we don’t even let the man explain himself, we merely jam a pointy white hat on his head and demand he step down.
Fortunately he has more back bone than that and his response to calls for his resignation of ‘Why should I?” are just Blatter old school classic.
The bottom line is racism has no place anywhere, let alone in something that is designed for the joy and entertainment of billions of people. The man who is in control of football apologized profusely for his comments (even if they were taken out of context and then blown out of proportion) and that should be the end of it!
Players get on the pitch and shut your mouths (or twitter thumbs rather), coaches have enough shit keeping their jobs without the unnecessary distraction and let the officials get on with punishing those archaic idiots who believe its ok to taunt someone based on their race!