Blatter - I just don't know whether to laugh or cry! The photo on the FIFA website with his arms around a black official, is a hilariously pathetic and crass attempt to placate those who question El Presidente. But as someone who has experienced racism, I also am deeply saddened and repulsed that the man at the head of the 'Say No To Racism' campaign, could possibly say that we should just accept whatever names we are called on the pitch and shake hands with our tormentor at the end of the game. I'm not suggesting that Blatter is a racist, only he himself with truly know that, but to have someone representing the world game to think and to say something so flippant and so out of touch with reality, proves just how little he actually knows about the subject. Therefore, he should not be anywhere near a position of power that deals with such an important issue.
I can tell you that whenever I have experienced racism, it has never once been forgotten about or shrugged off. Those insults stay with you for life and I remember each and every time. To compare those vile jibes to a bit of banter on the football field is simply a joke. So it was great to see so many people of all races on Twitter last night, joining in with Stan Collymore (ex-Nottingham Forest player -you reeeeeeeeeeds!- and sports journalist) as he lead the fight to get Blatter out of FIFA. It won't happen of course. But we have to make a stand. We need the English FA to make a stand too. We need all the other confederations to make a stand to have any impact but I wouldn't hold my breath.
From what I can gather, this is barely a newsworthy story in the rest of Europe. Hardly surprising when most of these nations are light-years away from kicking racism out of football, compared to the UK. FIFA lets most of these nations get away with a pitiful monetary fine when their fans abuse black players, so what do they have to gain from ousting Blatter? Nonetheless, I urge you to join the #BlatterOUT campaign, even if all you are really bothered about is toppling this clown from his ivory tower.
And now, here's a picture of the beautiful Maria Kirilenko