Battered FIFA president Blatter hurt
KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) FIFA President Sepp Blatter snapped at colleagues and looked beset by nerves on Wednesday as he described the hurt he felt after being criticized for his comments about racism in soccer.
FIFA President Sepp Blatter speaks during a news conference at the AFC House canada goose black friday sale in Kuala Lumpur November 23, 2011. REUTERS/Bazuki Muhammad
The usually slick Blatter addressed the media after opening the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) executive committee meeting in Kuala Lumpur, but when invited to speak to the small crowd he knocked a canada goose outlet toronto factory microphone off the table in front of him and shuffled uncomfortably in his seat.
The canada goose coats on sale 75 year old struggled through the media conference cheap Canada Goose in Malaysia and offered long, rambling answers about topics such as the strength of Asian canada goose economies, while officials tried to limit tricky questions.
Blatter has been battered by waves of negative headlines since last week when he said there was no racism in the sport and, if there 2018 canada goose outlet was, players Canada Goose Outlet should just shake hands afterwards to resolve it.
The head of soccer world governing body later released buy canada goose jacket a statement to his comments and has been on a charm offensive after conducting a number of interviews in Europe to stress his commitment to eradicating racism from soccer.
However, the opening question canadian goose jacket canadagoosejacketsaleca at AFC House in Kuala Lumpur, predictably on his comments on racism, brought a curt reply.
can only say this item for me is closed. I have Canada Goose sale made my apologies, I cannot say more, Blatter told reporters, eyes shifting around the canada goose store room as he looked for the right Canada Goose Coats On Sale words.
somebody is still thinking I am a racist, sorry to say that I am working now practically 37 years in FIFA. there is canada goose clearance no canada goose replica racism, nothing at all, and this matter for me is over and over. We go forward.
is zero tolerance (for) racism, zero tolerance (for) discrimination in all activities in the field of play and outside the field.
Asked if he click over here had been surprised by the reaction to his comments and calls for him to resign from the post he has held since 1998, the Swiss said he had been upset by the criticism.
my activities as the FIFA president nothing is surprising me, but I was Canada Goose Parka very much hurt by these comments because it touched me in my conscience.
After canada goose coats Blatter answered, an AFC official hosting the session asked for no more questions on the subject, and FIFA vice president Prince Ali of Jordan, sat next to the Swiss, then offered his full canada goose deals support to the beleaguered FIFA leader.
AWKWARD MOMENT However it was not just canada goose clearance sale the media who were causing Blatter angst. When asked about the use of the hijab, the Islamic head scarf, in soccer, Blatter shot down Prince Ali offer to answer on his behalf.
can just answer, I was asked, I answer. You can add but I answer, a visibly frustrated Blatter snapped as Prince Ali blushed.
The AFC official was required to come to the president aid when he was asked if there was any way banned AFC head Mohammed Bin Hammam could be welcomed back into FIFA in future after they found him guilty of bribing officials.
am not up to comment on any decision taken by our canada goose outlet store locations different committees and we will await the outcome for the next step, Blatter said before the official added the subject should not be mentioned buy canada goose jacket cheap again.
Bin Hammam has launched an appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport to overturn the FIFA ban and faces a race against time to clear his Canada Goose online name by a deadline of May 31 in order to return to his role.
The AFC have appointed Zhang Jilong as acting president and Blatter praised his work before having a dig at his former friend Bin Hammam.
can only congratulate and commend Canada Goose Online the Asian Football Confederation how they have dealt with the Canada Goose Jackets problem that has occurred here in this confederation especially by having to replace the president.