Quotes of the week
No surprise who dominates the latest edition of QOTW as Mr Blatter offers a sensitive take on racism.
Last Updated: 17/11/11 12:32pm
"There is no racism, there is maybe one of the players towards another, he has a word or a gesture which is not the correct one. But also the one who is affected by that, he should say that this is a game. We are in a game, and at the end of the game, we shake hands." Sepp Blatter sets football back 30 years.
"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." Rio Ferdinand leads the calls for his head.
"Enough is enough. He has to go. He has overstepped the mark this time. It has to be resignation. " Sky Sports pundit Chris Kamara isn't far behind.
"He should move aside for Michel Platini, it is embarrassing - if one person should get it about racism it is the head of FIFA, which has 200 countries in the world, is so diverse with different cultures, creeds and colours." Neither is PFA chief executive Gordon Taylor.
"I have been personally leading this battle against racism in football, which FIFA has been fighting against throughout the past years through campaigns in all of our competitions such as the 'Say no to racism' campaign." This is the sound of Blatter backtracking.
"It's been a fantastic three-and-a-half years. I said all the way through you are very lucky to be involved with top-level international sport. But ultimately you make your decision." Martin Johnson calls time on a less than glorious reign as England coach.
"It's the whole thing; this is a chain that goes from the top and the people wearing suits down to the bottom and the players wearing shirts and representing England. There is a moral malaise in the RFU where people are more interested in protecting their positions than doing what's right for England." Sky Sports pundit Stuart Barnes offers a frank assessment.
"Mike Tindall's actions reached a level of misconduct that was unacceptable in a senior England player and amounted to a very serious breach of the EPS Code of Conduct." RFU's rugby director Rob Andrew pushes Mike Tindall through the same door as Johnson.
"He's a footballer and, like the Fleetwood Mac song, players only love you when they're playing and he needs to be playing. To be playing he needs to be fit and to be fit he needs to be training." Gordon Taylor compares Carlos Tevez to Stevie Nicks.
"I would never step down. I always dreamed of this since I was a boy of four or five when I used to watch England games." John Terry vows to keep hold of the England armband until told otherwise.
"PSG play at the Parc des Princes. PSG's enemy is Marseille. When he says that Papin and Cantona should not play and that he should play instead ... he is a b****** because every time Papin or Cantona touched the ball, they were booed." Gerard Houllier just won't let it lie when it comes to David Ginola.
"This was a really good moment for me with my son getting married and England winning." Fabio Capello misses his son's nuptials to oversee England's victory over world champions Spain.
"I saw, from 10 metres, a table full of drugs." Mario Balotelli recounts to an Italian court his meeting with a purported Mafioso boss.
"I wouldn't say I'm exempt from the hairdryer but I would say I can give as good as I get. There have been probably half a dozen of these hairdryer-type moments give and take over the last eight years as chief executive. The important thing is he never sulks, he never carries it on and we move on. That's a great thing about Alex, he can have an opinion and blow his top but it's forgotten like that and I think that's the true measure of the man." Manchester United chief executive David Gill on his relationship with Sir Alex Ferguson.
"It is really difficult to find a player like him. In my career, I have only found two players who could do it, Franco Baresi and Fernando Hierro, and they were pretty good." High praise indeed for Phil Jones, from Mr Capello no less.