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PM: Blatter should quit

David Cameron has lent his support to those calling for Sepp Blatter to step down from his role as head of Fifa after his comments on racism in football. A Downing Street spokesman told PoliticsHome that the Prime Minister backed Hugh Robertson's calls for Mr Blatter's resignation.


Mr Cameron said in a statement: “It’s appalling to suggest that racism in any way should be accepted as part of the game. A lot of work has gone into ridding racism from all aspects of our society, including football. As many of our top sports stars have rightly pointed out, now is not the time for complacency.”


Mr Blatter earlier hit back at critics on Twitter. As leading politicians united to call for Mr Blatter's resignation, he tweeted at footballer Rio Ferdinand: "We have done several joint activities to raise awareness on the struggle against racism in South Africa. Fifa has a long-standing and proud record in the area of anti-discrimination which will continue."

Sports Minister Mr Robertson said his comments were "incredibly serious", while his shadow Clive Efford described them as "utterly unacceptable and totally outrageous". Ed Miliband also said: "Football needs new leadership."