Dave Anderson MP to table Early Day Motion on Monday
Dave Anderson MP will put forward the following Early Day Motion on Monday when parliament reconvenes:
Resignation demanded of Sepp Blatter
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 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”
Show Racism the Red Card Chief Executive, Ged Grebby said “We have decided to take our resignation call to parliament to step up the pressure on Sepp Blatter to resign. For the head of football’s world governing body to say that there is no racism in the game is an unbelievably ignorant statement and potentially undermines the progress football has made in tackling racism. We are therefore calling on him to resign as he is out of touch with what is happening in world football. We have been overwhelmed by support for our stance from football players and fans alike and below are just a small selection of the messages we have received.”
Show Racism the Red Card patrons have been amongst the growing number of people from the football world to criticise Blatter's comments.
Brian Deane former England international said, “I was racially abused during a game.I simply took up my position and heard 'hey monkey, go f#>k off and eat some bananas’. Is Sepp Blatter saying I should have gone after the game, shook the player's hand and said 'Good luck for the season?'
"Has he ever thought to stop and put himself in the shoes of someone who has faced this type of abuse I wonder?"
"The fact he can trivialise the issue in a public interview tells me that he is so far removed from his duties as FIFA president that he simply cannot be taken seriously."
Howard Gayle, former Liverpool FC player said, "If Mr Blatter doesn't do the right thing and resign, it will set back all the hard work that all the organisations from around the world have done over the last ten years. We have have a European Championship Tournament in 2012 and already I'm hearing that people wont be going as a result of Mr Blatters comments....it's a sad day for football."
Shaka Hislop, the Honorary President of Show Racism the Red Card has called for Blatter to resign and you can read his full statement here.