- Associated Press - Thursday, November 17, 2011

A selection of notable quotes by FIFA President Sepp Blatter:

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“On the field of play, I deny that there is racism. If you had a confrontation during the match, you shake hands, and when the game is over, it is over.” _ Blatter in television interview Wednesday on racism in soccer.

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“Crisis? What is a crisis? Football is not in a crisis.” _ Blatter at news conference in May amid FIFA’s worst corruption scandal.

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“If this had happened in let’s say Latin countries then I think he would have been applauded.” _ Blatter in 2010 on allegations that England captain John Terry had an affair with teammate Wayne Bridge’s ex-girlfriend.

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“Let’s get women to play in different and more feminine garb than the men. … in tighter shorts for example.” _ Blatter on women’s soccer clothing in 2004.

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“I would say they should refrain from any sexual activities.” _ Blatter on fact that homosexuality is illegal in Qatar, posing problems for gay visitors during the 2022 World Cup.

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