The campaign welcomes the FIFA President's apology, but believe he should stand down
Show Racism the Red Card welcomes Sepp Blatter’s apology to “those people affected by his declarations.”
The anti-racism campaign are calling for Sepp Blatter's resignation and SRtRC are taking the call for Mr Blatter to resign to Parliament, Dave Anderson MP is tabling an early day motion on Monday.
Ged Grebby, Chief Executive of SRtRC said, “Sepp Blatter’s comments earlier this week have provoked outrage and disbelief from a broad cross section of people. There is a strong feeling that the FIFA president should uphold the values of their organisation.”
“It is important that he has apologised for the offence his remarks have caused and we welcome this apology. However, we believe that confidence has been lost in his leadership, for the good of the game and progress in eradicating racism from football, he should stand aside. His recent remarks are the latest in a long line of inappropriate comments.”
Show Racism the Red Card works throughout the UK to educate young people about racism. The campaign uses professional footballers as positive role models to educate about racism in society.
The EDM states:
That this House condemns the unacceptable and offensive nature of remarks made by the FIFA president, Sepp Blatter; recognises that his comments have attracted condemnation both from anti-racism campaigners and from all sections of this house; further believes that the comments made by Blatter on racism in football, have made his position untenable and that world football needs new leadership; recognises he is in conflict with FIFA’s policy of zero tolerance and this conduct demonstrates the current president has no understanding of what racism is, the ideology behind it, the damage it causes and how it subjugates one group of people as inferior; it further confirms that enlightened leadership at this level is needed and a clear message delivered that racism is not a minor matter and cannot be dismissed and trivialised; and therefore this house calls on Sepp Blatter to resign with immediate effect.
Dave Anderson MP said ““I have worked with SRTRC for 15 years and seen the great strides they - and football - have made in recent years. I have been privileged to see first hand what a great impact their work with young people is making. It makes a huge contribution in ensuring our next generation doesn't treat racism in the same casual way that mine did.
It is deplorable that the man who leads World football can be so unaware of the huge responsibility he has and the damage his attitude could do. FIFA , rightly, has zero tolerance of racism and its cannot be led by someone who thinks that it is OK to brush it away with a handshake. He has to go and go now. I am confident that my EDM will be very well supported by MPs and the public.”
Brendon Batson said, "The comments from Mr.Blatter are extremely offensive and an insult to everyone who is involved in anti-racism campaigns. Football is a powerful force for good and by his words he undermines the positive messages football gives in combating racism. Mr Blatter shows himself as someone who is completely out of touch with the modern society in which we live and is unfit to lead the world game. He should apologise unreservedly to those he has insulted and the game he serves".
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