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FIFA leader expresses regret for racism remarks

Published 11/18/2011, AP Sports Writer

Trying to stem the uproar caused by his comments on racism, FIFA President Sepp Blatter expressed regret today for causing offense to anyone but stopped short of a full apology and rejected calls to resign. Blatter said he was sorry for the furor caused by his claim that racist abuse does not exist on the soccer field and that any racial incidents could be settled by a handshake at the end of a match.

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