JOHN TERRY would have been applauded in some countries rather than sacked as national team captain for having an alleged affair, according to FIFA president Sepp Blatter.
Terry was fired by England head coach Fabio Capello after a week of negative headlines about the defender’s alleged affair with Wayne Bridge’s ex-partner but the Chelsea player has had support from an unlikely quarter.
Blatter, in Vancouver for the International Olympic Committee’s session, joked that in “Latin” countries such as France, Italy and Spain, Terry’s conduct may not have been considered a problem.
Blatter said: “Listen, this is a special approach in the Anglo-Saxon countries. If this had happened in let’s say Latin countries then I think he would have been applauded.”
Terry was sacked by Capello after a brief meeting with the England manager last week.
The 29-year-old has now been given time off by Chelsea to address the issues in his personal life and will miss his side’s FA Cup tie against Cardiff tomorrow.
Chelsea assistant manager Ray Wilkins said: “He will not play this weekend. Carlo (Ancelotti) is giving him a bit of time off.
“They just had a little chat, John and Carlo, and decided that would be the best for all concerned.”
Meanwhile Blatter claims there is a disrespectful prejudice against South Africa hosting the World Cup.
Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeness has said awarding the tournament to South Africa was “the biggest wrong decision” FIFA have made, while Hull manager Phil Brown said the terrorist attack on the Togo team in Angola put a question mark against this summer’s finals.
But Blatter has hit back with a furious tirade at the critics.
He said: “I think it’s a nonsense to combine what has happened in Angola, a terrorist attack for political reasons, and mix it up with the World Cup in South Africa.
“In Germany people like Uli Hoeness and also representatives of the professional leagues are saying we should not go there.
“But every year 11 million tourists go to South Africa and nobody says they should not go there.
“It’s a kind of anti-Africa prejudice, I think there is still in the so-called ‘old world’ a feeling that why the hell should Africa organise a World Cup.
“Colonialists over the past 100 years have gone to Africa and taken out all the best things, and now they are taking all the best footballers. There’s no respect.”
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