England and Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand has said he is astonished by Sepp Blatter’s claim that football does not have on-field racism problems.
“Tell me I have just read Blatter’s comments wrong… if not then I am astonished,” said Ferdinand on Twitter.
Ferdinand later sent a direct tweet to the 75-year-old head of world football.
In it, he said: “Your comments on racism are so condescending it’s almost laughable. If fans shout racist chants but shake our hands is that OK?”
The former England captain later added: “I feel stupid for thinking that football was taking a leading role against racism – it seems it was just on mute for a while.”
Blatter’s comments come at a time when Chelsea captain John Terry is being investigated by the police and the Football Association over alleged racist remarks made to Ferdinand’s brother, QPR defender Anton Ferdinand, in a recent game between the two sides.