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Sepp Blatter says he's 'sorry' for remarks on soccer racism; won't resign as FIFA president
LONDON (AP) ' Sepp Blatter says he is "sorry' for offending anyone by his comments on racism in soccer but will not resign as FIFA president.
Blatter told the BBC in an interview Friday in Zurich that he "deeply regretted" using "unfortunate words" on racism earlier this week.
He caused outrage on Wednesday when he said any racist abuse on the soccer field could be settled by a handshake at the end of the match.
Blatter tells the BBC: "When you have done something which was not totally correct, I can only say I am sorry for all those people affected by my declarations."
Blatter has faced calls in Britain for his resignation but said he would not go.
He says "I cannot resign. Why should I? To leave would be totally unfair and not compatible with my fighting spirit, my character, my energy."