A collection of viewpoints from our honorary patrons
Show Racism the Red Card believe that, despite Blatter's apology for making these remarks, they are out of order and he should step down. We have been supported by many of our honorary patrons, and their responses show we are not alone in the fight against racism. It also shows a wide agreement on Blatter stepping down. Here are what some of our honorary patrons had to say on the matter:
‘Does FIFA have a responsibility to promote racial harmony? If so, Blatter has to go now. If the answer is 'No', then all of FIFA's anti-racism initiatives have been nothing but TOKEN.’ LES FERDINAND former Newcastle United striker:
Firm action needs to be taken against racist players. Why not apply [a ban] to players who use racist abuse? Racism is a widespread problem in society and football should be taking the lead against it by having more black coaches, managers and administrators at all levels. Sadly, Blatter's comments show that people in positions of power in football would rather bury their heads in the sand. They are in denial, and despite all the positive talk about moves to combat racism, it looks like window dressing to me.
For full interview, see Les Ferdinand expresses his opinion on recent Sepp Blatter Racism Controversy.
‘We spent 30 years campaigning to bring racism to the height of awareness. Yet in one fell swoop he can almost give carte blanche that racism is acceptable between 3pm and 4.45pm on a Saturday.’
For full article, please see Clarke Carlisle condemns Blatter.
'To say what you said about racism in football spoke volumes of your ignorance to the subject.'
‘People should be able to go about their lives, and jobs, without being persecuted for their colour. Instead, the head of the world's governing body trivialises it all by saying it's not a problem.'
'They were outrageous comments. I think he should go. We all know it's wrong. We've taken huge strides - and then we get the leader of the whole organisation weakening it. Let me tell you, if he had racially abused me or my family I might be shaking his hand with one of my hands, but I couldn't tell you what I'd be doing with the other.'
'It's a massive concern that one person who heads the world's governing body is allowed to make those comments. They are totally unacceptable. If I look at the work clubs have done, the great work by the Kick It Out and Show Racism the Red Card campaigns things have improved dramatically. Racism can't be dealt with by a handshake because it is unacceptable.'
'The fact it has brought racism back into the spotlight isn't a bad thing because there is no place for it in society. I don't care what anybody says, English football has led the way in trying to eradicate it and I think we are right to voice our concerns. It's a good thing. We have to keep on top of it and make sure it never rears its ugly head again.’
‘There’s definitely a case for [Blatter to resign]…he has dated views about the way racism is dealt with, the way it should be tackled… Hopefully this will galvanise people to realise that we have a huge problem, and if we don’t tackle it within football, what we’re saying to wider society is that we don’t want to do anything about it, and that is a shame, as football has the opportunity to show society that we don’t accept these things.’
For full interview, please see Jason Roberts condemns Blatter comments
'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? 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.'
For full article see SRtRC taking call for Sepp Blatter to resign to Parliament with Dave Anderson MP.
HOWARD GAYLE former Liverpool striker:
'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.'
'For the president of FIFA to come out and allege there is not a problem with racism in football and that issues of that nature should be resolved by a handshake at the end of the game is totally and utterly out of order. I have been closely involved with the Show Racism the Red Card campaign for many years now, going into schools and youth clubs in an attempt to educate people, and Blatter's comments risk undermining all that hard work." OLIVIER BERNARD Coach for SRtRC:
“To say 'just shake hands and forget about it', why would you forget someone that calls you these names? It’s not like an injury - you forget that because you get better. Words can hurt and they stay in your mind. I heard a lot of comments when I was playing, but, like a lot of people, I said nothing. I just wanted to play football and I thought it was part of my job. We need to educate everybody; the children, the adults - we need to go round the country and educate so that when these young people grow up they understand what they’re saying."
Show Racism the Red Card is grateful for the support of our patrons, and we will continue to work together to combat racism both in football and society.