"It’s appalling to suggest that racism in any way should be accepted as part of the game – PM David Cameron"

"Sepp Blatter’s comments are completely unacceptable. This is the latest episode that calls into question whether this man should be the head of world football – Sports Minister Hugh Robertson"

"Coming on top of his comments which were offensive about female footballers, his homophobic comments about homosexuals not going to Qatar, this is the straw that broke the camel’s back – Professional Footballers’ Association chief executive Gordon Taylor"

"Of course, he almost seems untouchable. So I think that is a big concern for me, that someone in such a massively important position is able to [make such comments] and with almost no recourse – Birmingham manager Chris Hughton"

"To come so far on such a sensitive topic, [yet] in one fell swoop he can almost give carte blanche that racism is acceptable between the hours of 3pm and 4.45pm on a Saturday – PFA chairman and a Kick It Out ambassador Clarke Carlisle"

"Our position is very clear. Adidas is totally opposed to racism in football and in fact in any sport at any level – spokesperson for Fifa sponsor Adidas"