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Mary Kenny: When it comes to race these days, we are all walking on eggshells

Published 21/11/2011 | 05:00

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.

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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.

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