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FOOTBALL: FIFA president apologises for distasteful Ronaldo joke

Published:Wednesday | October 30, 2013 | 10:15 AM

FIFA president Sepp Blatter yesterday wrote a letter of apology to Real Madrid president Florentino Perez over comments he made mocking Cristiano Ronaldo.

Madrid reacted angrily after Blatter made a joke at Ronaldo's expense, while addressing the Oxford Union last Friday.

Asked to compare the Madrid player with Barcelona forward Lionel Messi, Blatter jokingly said one has more expenses for the hairdresser than the other.

Blatter explained to Perez he had meant the comment as an amusing statement.

In his letter, the FIFA president added that he has huge respect for the former Manchester United forward.

He has also apologised for any offence that may have been caused.

Blatter said his comments about former Manchester United player Ronaldo had been misunderstood.

Blatted said he wanted to clarify that for him Cristiano Ronaldo was at the same level as Messi and they are both outstanding players, each in their own way.

Earlier yesterday, Real Madrid said Blatter's comments lacked respect and that they were seeking a retraction.

Ronaldo has since taken to his Facebook page to express his anger, saying the incident shows clearly the respect and consideration that FIFA has for him, his club and his country.


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