CAF Backs FIFA in Battle against Racism
The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has written a letter expressing its support for FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter following criticism of comments he made related to racism last week.
In correspondence dated 26 November 2011, the CAF Executive Committee has offered its backing to the FIFA President after accusations of racism were levelled against him. “In Africa, we know what kind of President you are, but we also know the man: a citizen of the world, driven by a desire to bring an increasing number of people together across the globe, irrespective of their roots, religion or skin colour,” said the missive.
The letter went on to point out that “we cannot disregard the fact that FIFA has always been dedicated to ending all forms of discrimination and promoting tolerance and fair play (…). To provide just a couple of examples, in 2001 you launched the FIFA Anti-Discrimination Day, which is now celebrated every year on 13 July all over the world, and the ‘Say No to Racism’ campaign at the 2006 FIFA World Cup Germany™ was visible in every stadium.”
The FIFA President responded to the message in writing, stating: “I am very happy and proud to be able to count on your support and that of your Executive Committee in the fight against racism and all types of discrimination in football and in society.”
“Together, we must continue to combat this evil both on and off the pitch, so that we can be rid of it once and for all. It is a serious problem in society, one that concerns everyone and affects sport, particularly ours,” he added.
“The CAF would like to pass on its heartfelt thanks for the constant resolve you show in serving our continent and developing this great sport,” concluded the letter from the African Confederation.
By FIFA.com, 02/12/2011