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Sepp Blatter has been in the news this week for his controversial comments inferring
that he thought on field racism in matches could be solved with an end of game
handshake. Not a stranger to controversy, the Swiss head of FIFA was born in 1936.

1936 saw the Summer Olympics staged with much stronger racial issues behind it in
Berlin with Germany controlled by Adolf Hitler and the Nazi party where African-
American athlete Jesse Owens famously won 4 gold medals in the 100m, 200,
4x100m and long jump.

Owens’ achievements weren’t equalled until 1984 when American Carl Lewis won
the same 4 gold medals in the Los Angeles Olympics.

Lewis was born in Birmingham, Alabama, a city named after our own Birmingham
the home of Carling Cup holders Birmingham City.

After drawing 1-1 with Peterborough United last weekend, Birmingham’s last victory
came against Leeds United on October 26th.

Leeds United play their home games at Elland Road, the venue for the Rugby League
Four Nations Final where England lost to Australia last weekend.

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