Ferdinand slams Blatter over racism row

Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand has launched a blistering attack on FIFA president Sepp Blatter over his condescending words about racism in football, The Telegraph reports.

Blatter conducted two separate television interviews in which he said that racism on the pitch was not a problem and that racist abuse between players could be settled by a handshake. The 75 year old desperately tried to backpedal and claims that he was misunderstood, but evoked a furious reaction from Ferdinand.

Ferdinand’s brother Anton is at the centre of a race row involving Chelsea captain John Terry and the Manchester United defender did not shirk his words when criticising the head of FIFA. Blatter’s comments came on the same day that Liverpool forward Luis Suarez was charged with racially abusing Ferdinand’s United teammate Patrice Evra.

The England international said: ‘Tell me I have just read Sepp Blatter’s comments on racism in football wrong… if not then I am astonished. I feel stupid for thinking that football was taking a leading role against racism…. It seems it was just on mute for a while.’

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