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Blatter calls for football to end discrimination and racism

FIFA president Sepp Blatter called for an end to racism and discrimination in soccer on the eve of the first World Cup finals to be held in Africa at FIFA's 60th annual Congress on Thursday. "Football is a mirror of our society and is touched by its vices. Violence, cheating, doping, betting, discrimination and racism, these are all in our game.

"We have started to eliminate them, one is practically eliminated -- this is doping.

"But here in this World Cup in South Africa, and specifically through this Congress, we declare we are against discrimination.

"Never, never again should we have any problems on any football field or in a stadium concerning discrimination or racism.

"If we are not able to do that through this 60th FIFA Congress, then we never will. We must end discrimination and racism."

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