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Saturday, 25 October 2014

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FIFA boss Blatter must quit after racism remarks, says former Carlisle Utd star

Carlisle United cult hero Dean Walling today joined the clamour for bungling FIFA chief Sepp Blatter to resign over the racism row engulfing football.

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Dean Walling

Related: Racist abuse made life hell on the pitch for ex-Carlisle Utd ace Dean Walling

Walling today revealed the personal ordeal he suffered at the hands of racist rival fans while playing for the Blues during the 1990s.

The United Wembley hero believes Blatter’s position as head of football’s world governing body is untenable after he suggested those who had suffered racism on the pitch should simply shake hands with their abuser.

Walling said: “Coming out with those kind of comments to the whole world is just ridiculous and unfounded and he should resign.

“If Sepp Blatter was in any other business, the comments would be taken so seriously and he would be forced to resign or he would be sacked.

“It is time for him to move on.

“The problem is he thinks he is untouchable and he can come out with that sort of thing and not face any repercussions.”

Walling admitted he was left distraught after receiving racist abuse during matches and today reveals which fans were the worst offenders.

In a hard-hitting interview with News & Star Sport on racism within football, the former central defender, who made more than 250 appearances for Carlisle, said he first witnessed abuse when he was a teenage ball boy at Leeds United.

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