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405945 08: Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) President Sepp Blatter, shown on a huge screen, speaks with FIFA members after winning a second four-year term as FIFA president during the 53rd Ordinary FIFA Congress at the Hilton May 29, 2002 in Seoul, South Korea. Blatter received 139 votes to beat African soccer chief Issa Hayatou who received 56 votes. (Photo by Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images)
FIFA president Sepp Blatter on Wednesday night provoked a furious backlash after claiming racist abuse between players on the pitch should be settled by a handshake. On a day when the Football Association charged Liverpool's Luis Suarez with racially abusing Manchester United's Patrice Evra, and with a racism investigation against John Terry still going on, in two television interviews Blatter said racism on the field of play is not a problem. His suggested solution was for a handshake to settle any issue - provoking Rio Ferdinand to express his "astonishment". Asked if he thought there was racism on the pitch, the FIFA president told CNN World Sport: "I would deny it. There is no racism, there is maybe one of the players towards another, he has a word or a gesture which is not the correct one, but also the one who is affected by that. "He should say that this is a game. We are in a game, and at the end of the game, we shake hands, and this can happen, because we have worked so ...
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