Manchester United legend David Beckham was "appalled" by FIFA president Sepp Blatter's comments on racism.

The LA Galaxy star joined the likes of Prime Minister David Cameron and Rio Ferdinand in criticising Blatter, who earlier this week denied that racism still occurred on the football pitch.

Beckham said: "I think the comments were appalling. Racism is still there. It cannot just be swept under the carpet and sorted out with just a handshake.

"That is the way of the world. Racism is out there and we need to work hard to keep it out of the game and life in general. The comments were not very good for this game."