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Bernstein: 'Blatter's apology was necessary'

Bernstein: 'Blatter's apology was necessary'
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FA chairman David Bernstein believes that FIFA do a lot of work to battle racism despite the governing body's president Sepp Blatter's comments.

Football Association chairman David Bernstein has criticised FIFA president Sepp Blatter regarding his comments on racism in the game, and insists that the English governing body are doing all they can to stamp discrimination out of the game.

The issue has been at the forefront of the football world after Blatter claimed that racial abuse on the playing field can be forgotten with a simple handshake.

Bernstein's statement read: "The FA and all of English football have consistently been unified against racial abuse and all forms of discrimination. We are trustees and a funding partner of Kick it Out who campaign tirelessly for equality and inclusion in football.

"All forms of discrimination should be reported and it is our responsibility to investigate these fully. A handshake at the end of the game does not draw a line under racial abuse during a match. Mr Blatter has made it clear he will not resign but his apology today was necessary. His initial comments were wrong and irresponsible.

"As I have said many times in the past, with power comes responsibility and I – with others in prominent positions in the game have to make sure we live up to the values of which we speak."

The former Manchester City chairman went on to reiterate the FA's stance on racism and how FIFA are also continuing to try to eradicate the issue from the game.

"I am mindful that - this week's comments aside - FIFA as an organisation does much good work around the world," he added. "The organisation has made great strides in fighting racism as have many national football federations.

"I would like to take this opportunity to stress that The FA remains strongly committed to diversity, equal opportunities for all and anti-discrimination."

The 75-year-old head of FIFA did apologise for his remarks, but is adamant that he will not step down from his post.

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