Sexwale: Blatter's comments 'problematic'

Updated: 18 November 2011 17:54 IST

The South African politician dragged into the racism uproar engulfing Sepp Blatter says the FIFA president's comments were "unfortunate" and problematic" but he is not willing to "kick a man when he's down."

Sexwale: Blatter's comments 'problematic'

Johannesburg:

The South African politician dragged into the racism uproar engulfing Sepp Blatter says the FIFA president's comments were "unfortunate" and problematic" but he is not willing to "kick a man when he's down."

Tokyo Sexwale, the former political prisoner and anti-apartheid activist pictured hugging Blatter on FIFA's website, said he spoke to Blatter by telephone Friday morning and "could feel that this is a man who was sorry."

The FIFA president issued an apology Friday, saying he regretted suggesting racist abuse on the football field could be settled by a handshake after the match.

Sexwale, who is also a member of FIFA's Committee for Fair play and Social Responsibility, said racism was not something that could be "washed away with a handshake."

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