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FIFA losing control

2010-07-05 14:09
On every ones lips at the moment is the magnificent World Cup SA has put together under strict guidelines of course from the world’s biggest governing body that often leaves a perception of using bullying tactics towards countries, often characterised as being charismatic at media appearances.

Their motto is simple: abide by our rules of governance, do as we say or face the wrath, duped as the world’s most powerful “mafia” organisation, perfectionists to the T, many label them as egotistical power hungry individuals; some say FIFA has always operated like that since time eternity.

One African leader will learn pretty soon not to meddle in football and rather stick to running his country instead; his foot is so deep in it he’ll have to leave it behind.

Good luck to him!

Certainly far from an incident-free World Cup, some with more catastrophic outcomes, namely England and Mexico; these incidents have resulted with calls of introducing technology into the beautiful game, a call that has resulted with Sepp Blatter revisiting this innovation.

My main concern is of a somewhat different note altogether. Luis Suarez deliberately handled the ball to hand Ghana what had seemed a definite place in the semis, mindful of the fact that the referee’s optional time was over and that goal would have most certainly sent Uruguay packing. Suarez took a chance, sacrificed his reputation and put his country first - a deed to some, worthy of praise.

Now, my question is: seeing that FIFA are at liberty of doing as they please when it suits them, shouldn’t they introduce a rule once obviously the TMO has kicked in, one that states should a player deliberately handle a ball in front of goal – not only should the goal stand but there should be no need for a penalty kick, that player should be sidelined for at least 5 matches and a hefty fine should then be imposed?

A similar measure should also apply to those who deliberately manipulate referees in order to be awarded penalties.

FIFA must clean up world football before this becomes a trend!

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