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Blatter states race row is over

Fifa president Sepp Blatter has stated that he feels the racism scandal surrounding him is over, and that he is hurt by the allegations and criticism he has received recently.

The Swiss executive stated controversially that racist comments in a football match could be overlooked with an apology and a handshake, leading to widespread condemnation from players and fans alike.

Blatter’s position as head of the game’s governing body was under scrutiny immediately after his thoughts were aired, but he has stated that he feels the matter has now come to a close.

“I have made my apologies and I cannot say more. Anybody still thinking that I am a racist, I am sorry to hear that,” he stated at Asian Football Confederation’s headquarters in Malaysia.

“I have been working now for 37 years in Fifa and I started working in Africa. There is no discrimination in my feeling and there is no racism, nothing at all. This matter, for me, is over. I cannot say more than that.

“We go forward and there is zero tolerance in racism and in discrimination and zero tolerance in all activities on the field of play and outside the field of play.

“During my activities as Fifa president nothing surprises me, but I was very much hurt by these comments because it touched my conscience and in my conscience is the determination I have to go against any discrimination,” he concluded.

By Gareth McKnight

Article title: Blatter states race row is over

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