FIFA President Sepp Blatter's recent comments that there is no racism in football, and that any evidence to the contrary can be settled and forgotten with a simple handshake, provide further examples of how out to touch he is.
Sepp Blatter managed to horrify all supporters of the Kick Racism Out campaign by launching his own Kick Racism Back In campaign. Surely no right-minded individual could go along with his belief that racist abuse on the field could be solved by a simple handshake after the game
England's complaint is that the poppy has no political connotations; but this doesn't really stand up to scrutiny. Ask an Iraqi, an Afghan, a German, an Argentine, or a national of any of the countries Britain has fought against since the Haig Fund was established and they may beg to differ.