Writer: Danny Cosker
Date:Friday November 18 2011
Swansea City have joined the worldwide condemning of FIFA president Sepp Blatter over his comments this week regarding racism.
Ashley Williams, Nathan Dyer and Swansea Manager Brendan Rodgers have had their two-pence worth on the matter with Williams suggesting that: 'I think they're just ridiculous — I don't know what he was thinking.
'I can't say too much about it because they're obviously so stupid.
'I disagree with him totally.
'I don't think it (racism) is a big problem on the field — I haven't come across it.
'But if it's a small problem, it's a big problem. If there's one incident, that's too many.
'There have been a few high-profile cases lately, so it's something we'll continue to work on until we stamp it out altogether.'
Swans winger Nathan Dyer added: 'It's a situation where he has been a bit naive with his comments. What he said wasn't right.
'He can't do anything about that now, but I think they need to review the situation and sort it out.
'There's no place for racism or prejudice in football.
'For a player, it's horrible to know fans can shout abuse at you but if you do any kind of small gesture back to them you get punished massively.
'It brings the game down and it's a beautiful game.'
Dyer added later that we suffered racial abuse while playing for Southampton:
'There's nothing you can do. You can report it, but not a lot is going to get done about it,' he said.
'You've got to get on with it and hopefully the FA and Fifa see it and act on it.
'I've not had it from an opponent. I find it strange that any other player would comment or say anything racist because more than likely they've got someone similar on their own team.
'They're not just saying it to that player but saying it to their team-mate as well.'
Brendan Rodgers reaffirmed his players feelings on the matter: 'There's certainly no place for it in football,' said the Swansea boss.
'The strides that have been made over the last 20 years have been incredible.
'There's been a lot of work in the British game and it's about more than just a handshake at the end of the game. It's about much more than that.'
The pressure on Sepp Blatter is mounting after this fresh blunder following gaffs regarding homosexuality, sexism and reports of bribery at the top of FIFA's 'Family'.
Date:Friday November 18 2011
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