Mary Kenny: When it comes to race these days, we are all walking on eggshells
Judging by the amount of lacerating criticism he has had over the past few days, you would think FIFA president Sepp Blatter was an ardent follower of Heinrich Himmler.
Normally emollient and unopinionated characters such as David Beckham have called for his resignation; he has been strongly condemned by Rio Ferdinand, John Barnes and even David Cameron. The Twittersphere is awash with indignant comments about this 75-year-old Swiss administrator, who has had four terms as president of the football federation.
And what did Mr Blatter actually say? He said that if there should be a racist incident on the football field, it could all be healed and satisfied by an end-of-match handshake between the offender and the offended.