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Blatter's blunders

It's fair to say the race storm Sepp Blatter has created isn't the first time he's suffered a case of foot in mouth. FIFA's beleaguered president has been widely criticised for his unique take on the seriousness of racism in football but expect Mr Teflon to deflect any calls for his head

Image: Will Sepp Blatter survive the latest storm he has kicked up?

The race storm Sepp Blatter has created isn't the first time he's suffered a case of foot in mouth.

Blatton on women footballers in hot pants: "Come on, let's get women to play in different and more feminine garb than the men," Blatter told Sonntagsblick in a 2004 interview. Asked if he meant short skirts, Blatter said: "No, but in tighter shorts for example. In volleyball women wear different clothes from the men. Beautiful women play football nowadays, excuse me for saying so." Blatter on homosexuality: The FIFA chief was forced to apologise after an ill-advised remark when Qatar were awarded the 2022 World Cup. Blatter was asked about that fact that homosexuality is illegal in the country. He joked "I would say they should refrain from any sexual activities!" Blatter on the claims John Terry had an affair with Wayne Bridge's ex-girlfriend: "If this had happened in let's say Latin countries then I think he would have been applauded." Blatter on the transfer of Cristiano Ronaldo from Manchester United to Real Madrid: "There's too much modern slavery in transferring players or buying players here and there, and putting them somewhere." Blatter on banning draws: He told a German journalist in 2004 there should be winners and losers in every match. "Every game should have a winner. When you play cards or any other game, there's always a winner and a loser. We should have the courage to introduce a final decision in every game of football." Blatter on enlarging the size of the goals: "The guardians of the rules are in agreement to lengthen the goals by the diameter of two balls, around 50cm, and to increase the height by the diameter of one ball," he told Stern magazine in 1996. The International FA Board soon kicked out the proposal. Blatter on the 1994 World Cup in the USA: When Blatter was FIFA general secretary, he championed the idea of four quarters to make football more appealing to American TV. The plan was swiftly dropped after widespread opposition.

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