Racism will not be solved by 'running away' like Boateng and Milan, claims Blatter
12:23 GMT, 10 January 2013
12:35 GMT, 10 January 2013
FIFA president Sepp Blatter has urged players not to leave the pitch in protest if they are subjected to racist abuse, saying 'running away' is not a long-term solution to stopping discrimination.
It follows the actions of AC Milan player Kevin-Price Boateng, who led his teammates off the field after being abused during a friendly with Italian lower league club Pro Patria last week.
Boateng was highly praised for his protest, including by Blatter, but the football chief warned that a repeat in the future would not make the problem go away.
Not a solution: FIFA president Sepp Blatter said Kevin-Prince Boateng's protest (below) was not the right way to stamp racism out of the game
'If you remember the Boateng problem and him running away, I made a comment on that and I still have the same feeling – it was good what he has done in order to give this impact by saying: “Listen – look at what has happened,” Blatter told Sky Sports News.
'But it can't be the solution because you can never solve any problem in your life – in your private life, in your public life, wherever – by running away.
'This is now to day “Listen, if you don't take care of our sport, we will do it.” It was a warning, but it can't be the solution.'
Protest: Boateng wears an “AC Milan against racism” t-shirt before the Serie A match with Siena last weekend
Blatter went on to make some vague promises about calling a meeting to discuss the problem of racism in the game.
He said: 'What we shall do now – and I am thinking about this – we shall make a kind of summit or discussion with all the actors concerning discrimination and racism.
'There must be a lot of solidarity and understanding that we have to eradicate it. But it can only be done if all the actors are participating, and actors are also the spectators.'
The full interview with Sepp Blatter will be shown on Sky Sports News HD Special Report at 7.30pm on Monday