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Sepp Blatter downplays racism

Updated: November 17, 2011, 9:45 AM ET
Associated Press

GENEVA -- FIFA president Sepp Blatter faced a wave of criticism Wednesday after downplaying racism on the soccer field, saying players involved in such clashes should settle things with a handshake.

His comments in a TV interview sparked a backlash in England, where two top players are being investigated for racially insulting opponents during recent Premier League games. Blatter quickly issued a statement, insisting he had been "misunderstood," but by then he had already drawn heavy condemnation ...

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