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FIFA – “The Family”

A summary of the voting at the FIFA Congress: The FA’s move at the Fifa Congress on Wednesday was defeated by 172 votes to 17. The Scottish FA was the only association to publicly back the FA. (It now appears that Vietnam voted for the FA motion by mistake – so it should have been… Continue reading FIFA – “The Family”

Football administration · Laws of the game · Referees · World football

At Odds With Common Sense

On BBC Sport: Dundee United manager Peter Houston says he fears for the game if every penalty conceded results in a red card. Houston did not dispute Rangers’ three spot-kick awards as United had a trio of players sent off in a 4-0 defeat. But he said: “I worry about the game and where it’s… Continue reading At Odds With Common Sense

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Does It Matter Who The FIFA President Is?

So Mohammed Bin Hammam will be challenging Sepp Blatter for the FIFA Presidency after all. I asked myself whether I should do a post about it at all, as I imagine the subject will be analysed to death elsewhere. My ambivalence can be summed up by the following passage in an earlier post about some… Continue reading Does It Matter Who The FIFA President Is?

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A Broader European Pyramid

My views about re-shaping the European pyramid have been criticized on this blog and elsewhere. The details of the proposed structure are set out in several earlier posts, dating back to May 2008: Transnational European Leagues Proposals For A European League A British League Atlantic League How The Game Has Changed British League – An… Continue reading A Broader European Pyramid