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What was Blatter thinking?

What was Sepp Blatter thinking when he made the comments he did this week about racism in football

The FIFA president is in plenty of trouble right now, and he has only himself to blame.

He can claim he was misquoted, or misunderstood, but he shouldn't have said what he said. He made a mistake, it was a huge blunder and he was off the mark with his comments.

It is very simple, there is no place in football for racism.

To say that any racism on the pitch should end with a handshake is absurd to say the least. However, he is human, we all make mistakes, but now he has to take responsibility for what he said.

Those that have come out and criticised Blatter have every right to do that, what he said is ridiculous, especially when we are trying to stamp racism out of the game.

The ones who are calling for his head are the people who are adamant about the topic and have zero tolerance fstance towards racism.

The English, in particular, have been harsh on him. They were the ones who didn't vote in the last election for the president of FIFA because they felt unable to back Blatter.

Right now that is looking like the correct decision and I bet some other people are wishing they hadn't stood by him.

Whether he should resign is another matter. It's a tough thing to have to decide and ultimately it's up to the football nations around the world to make that decision.

Whatever happens he has really hurt the sport with his comments and it's not something we should be having to talk about.

Racism claims should be dealt with immediately, such as the John Terry/Anton Ferdinand and Luis Suarez/Patrice Evra situations, they have gone on long enough and it needs to be resolved as soon as possible.

If you can say that someone has said something racially to you or has claimed something against you, it should be handled then and with the information present because you don't want these sorts of things lingering around.

Terry, for example, has cloud hanging over him and he hasn't been charged with anything.

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It was good to see Bermuda end their World Cup campaign on a winning note and keep their unbeaten home record intact, it wasn't the best performance but we got the result and that's what matters.

A campaign is not about a sprint, at that level the most important thing is to win and that's something that we didn't do early on and that's what it boiled down to.

There may be people who disagree with me but that's how it is at that level. If you're going to go to the World Cup you have to know what it will take and outline what needs to be done, because it is all about winning and nothing else.

Those that say differently can, but at the World Cup the object is to win and that's what you must do. Not that the team didn't play well, they did, and hopefully the boys can kick on from here and start taking Bermuda football forwards.

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Published November 19, 2011 at 8:15 am (Updated November 19, 2011 at 8:14 am)

What was Blatter thinking?

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