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Blatter sorry over racist comments

FIFA president Sepp Blatter has apologised for his comments regarding racism in football.

The 75-year-old had said in interviews earlier this week that incidents of racist abuse on the pitch could be settled by a handshake between the players concerned at the end of a match. His comments drew strong criticism from people within the British game and in UK politics and in an interview with the BBC, he has now apologised for any offence his remarks caused.

Blatter said: ""When you have done something which was not totally correct, I can only say I am sorry for all those people affected by my declarations."

Blatter was adamant however, that he would not resign over the comments.

"I cannot resign," he added. "Why should I?"

Speaking about the reaction to his comments, Blatter added: "It hurts and I am still hurting because I couldn't envisage such a reaction."

But despite calls for him to go, he insisted he would not be standing down from his post.

He said: "When you are faced with a problem you have to face the problem. To leave would be totally unfair and not compatible with my fighting spirit, my character, my energy."

Tokyo Sexwale, the South African minister who was included in a photo with Blatter when FIFA put out an initial statement on Wednesday night saying the Swiss' comments had been misunderstood.

He told reporters in a press conference broadcast by Sky Sports News: "We should distinguish racial remarks from things that are said when players are fighting for a ball."


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