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Man Utd's Ferdinand 'astonished' at Blatter racism comments

Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand has blasted FIFA president Sepp Blatter for comments he made about racism in the game.

Blatter suggested that racism, along with other abuse, is simply part of today's game when there is tension on the pitch and he believes it can all be solved with a handshake.

Ferdinand, whose brother Anton is at the centre of an inquiry involving Chelsea's John Terry, posted on his Twitter account that he could not believe Blatter's recent words.

"Tell me I have just read Sepp Blatter's comments on racism in football wrong....if not then I am astonished," Ferdinand tweeted.

"I feel stupid for thinking that football was taking a leading role against racism.....it seems it was just on mute for a while. Just for clarity if a player abuses a referee, does a shake of the hand after the game wipe the slate clean??

"Is Sepp Blatter on twitter??? or is he too out of touch to know about it??"

The England international then later tweeted to Blatter: "Your comments on racism are so condescending its almost laughable. If fans shout racist chants but shake our hands is that ok?"

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