Overheard on CNN.com: Should FIFA president step down?
Sepp Blatter moved to clarify his comments on racism in football via a statement on FIFA's website.
November 17th, 2011
12:16 PM ET

Overheard on CNN.com: Should FIFA president step down?

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FIFA President Sepp Blatter's controversial claim during an interview with "CNN World Sport" that there is no on-field racism in soccer sparked criticism from the soccer world and from the CNN.com reader community as well. Check out what some commenters said, and let us know what you think below.

Leading figures in soccer call on Blatter to step down

Many readers were outraged. "Leadership in every walk of life seem so out of touch with reality - football obviously no exception," said trp55. A commenter named Eurosun1 said:

"Blatter is a Clown and should have been thrown on the street years ago! Every football fan I know hates this man. Especially for his lack of incorporating technologies like goal line technology and replay for referee's. Many matches have been altered as a result of unnecessary errors in judgement. Not to even get started with this man's delusional overblown ego."

"This guy is a crook," wrote user fizos. "One wonders why, with such a quality, he's not a Wall Street executive."

electronics0 said, "We should all fight to eradicate racism from any spheres of our lives. Let us all help."

We did hear from a number of commenters who said that criticism of Blatter was overblown and that trash-talking and saucy remarks are a part of the game of football. RemmettS wrote:

"Comical. Taunting is intended to throw a competitor off their game. If they cannot overcome that and play on, they need to take their ball and go home. Racism goes both ways. Remember Zindane getting red-carded in the World Cup final because he punched the other player for commenting about his sister. That has been going on since sports began and any pro player that cant handle it shouldn't be on the pitch!"

delsam said players should not have a problem with shaking hands at the end and moving past remarks made during a match. "Such crap. Whats wrong with a handshake? People make so much more out of everything and try to create problems where there are none. Whatever happend to maturity?"

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  1. RUFFNUTT ( PEOPLE FOR FREE AIR ON MARS & MUNTANT RIGHTS ACTIVIST )

    he should quit, and start up a team in germany.

    November 17, 2011 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Ernest T. Bass

    This whole thread is "such crap".

    November 17, 2011 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
  3. slider

    He is not politically correct in his thinking....he must go.

    November 17, 2011 at 4:45 pm | Report abuse |
  4. el americano

    There's racism everywhere and it comes from all colors. This is not a black vs white thing. It'll never go away. If u think there's racism in the USA, check out europe. In the USA if people get caught as racists they wouldn't have an easy time but, in europe in kind of normal. It sucks that throughout time they haven't evolved as a modern society. The world is mixed already...

    November 17, 2011 at 5:32 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Andreas Moser

    Not only the FIFA president should step down, the whole of FIFA should have sanctions imposed because of its support for dictatorships: http://andreasmoser.wordpress.com/2010/12/03/fifa-russia-qatar/

    November 21, 2011 at 5:36 am | Report abuse |