FIFA President Sepp Blatter has been criticised for suggesting that racism is not an issue in football, and that a handshake is enough to settle any incidents.

Blatter sought to clarify his comments last night, insisting he was committed to fighting racism, but his remarks have been condemned by anti-racism campaigns.

Meanwhile, Luis Suarez is set to plead not guilty to a charge of racially abusing Patrice Evra received from the Football Association yesterday.

England legend Alan Shearer has praised the strength in depth of the England squad, highlighting recent displays from Phil Jones and Kyle Walker.

Transfer news

Mario Balotelli has dismissed rumours of a move back to Inter Milan, insisting he is "very happy" at Manchester City. (Daily Star)

Andre Villas-Boas is set to launch another attempt to sign Porto defender Alvaro Pereira, having failed with a bid in the summer. (Daily Mail)

Sao Paulo have warned Liverpool and Manchester United than only an "irresistible" offer will convince them to sell Lucas in January. (talksport)

And finally, Tottenham Hotspur are set to sign promising young Netherlands and Twente striker Ola John for £4m in January. (Goal)

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