Leading figures condemn Blatter


UK Sports Minister Hugh Robertson and Professional Footballers' Association chief Gordon Taylor have led the calls for Sepp Blatter to resign in the wake of the FIFA president's controversial comments on racism.

Blatter whipped up a storm on Wednesday by claiming that racism in football does not exist, and that any altercations on the pitch where racist language is used could be resolved by a handshake.

The embattled FIFA chief, presiding over an organisation gripped by allegations of bribery and corruption, has been strongly criticised by figures from within the game - including Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand, who Tweeted Blatter directly to express his anger. Ferdinand's sentiments have been echoed in this morning's English newspapers, and Robertson believes it is now time for Blatter to step down, telling BBC Radio 5 Live: This is incredibly serious but it is part of a pattern of behaviour."

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