FIFA mute on racism but need a change of stance

June 18, 2012 in Euro 2012, International

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It is a shame that UEFA and FIFA’s romanticist attitude in selecting the host nations for major tournaments has thrust up some unsavoury talking points and truly hideous incidents. Their favouritism towards selecting ‘blossoming’ nations to run the show, and not necessarily the obvious choice has frequently blinded them to the underlying issues that we are all eventually made aware of. Russia and Qatar’s respective future World Cup hosting debuts have thrust up some lively discussion with regards to climate in both cases, and the quality of the football team in the latter, whereas joint Euro 2012 hosts Poland and Ukraine have surfaced an all the more messy issue - racism.

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A Cynical Welcome To The New Rules

May 24, 2012 in International, Premier League

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Today’s news was a welcome sight for once, as two major issues plaguing the game appeared to be on their way to being eradicated. Firstly, FIFA announced that next month’s England vs Belgium friendly will also see the second round of testing for their goal-line Hawkeye technology. If I can get past my cynical alter-ego for a moment, this is undoubtedly a positive step, and one that parallels the ever-increasing importance of football. Though I bet they chose the England game because we England fans are still pissed. (Oh, couldn’t get past him after all…)

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