BECKHAM ON BLATTER: Racism



David Beckham

David Beckham

Ex-England Captain, LA Galaxy and former Manchester United star David Beckham has come out to condemn Sepp Blatter’s comments regarding racism as ‘appaling’ and has gone on to say that what was said has been a backward step for football. Blatter had suggested during the middle of last week that any form of racial discrimination could be resolved with a mere handshake.

Problem in all standards

The FIFA president came out on Thursday last week to clarify his comments, but this simply attracted widespread condemnation across Britain, reaction across central Europe has been somewhat quite with many turning a blind eye or disregarding the comment which is a shock since much of the problem has occurred there in recent times.

He did say his comments were misunderstood but Beckham is in firm belief that those words have only gone on and undone the hard work many in England and across the world have done to remove racism football, which is a hard task with many new allegations coming to the fore regularly.

Racism has been a problem in football of all standards, from top flight international matches all the way to the lowest levels. Even in the present time with all the education and understanding the problem has not been easy to remove, but the comments from the president of the international governing body of association football seem inappropriate and signals ignorance and a lack of education.

75-year-old Sepp Blatter is well known for his blunders, it seems an all too familiar occurrence for someone in such a top position. He has already had to apologise for his comment on homosexuality when Qatar were awarded the 2022 World Cup, he wanted to ban draws in football matches, and he also made out of place comments on the John Terry affair situation.

Throwaway handshake

The same man wanted to enlarge the size of goals and wanted to introduce the idea of adding quarters to football matches during the 1994 World Cup in the USA, this idea has also been floating around for the 2022 World Cup.

“The comments were appalling. A lot of people have said that. I don’t think  that the comments were very good for this game. There is obviously is, and has been, racism throughout soccer and in life over the last few years” said Beckham.

Beckham went on to say that these problems cannot be solved with a throwaway handshake, and it isn’t how the situation should be dealt with.

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