I’ve said for a long time that FIFA needs a total rebuild, but not being in the privileged position of being able to take back-handers and under the table payments pretty much excuses me from being able to do anything – much the same as any other football fan.
Personally now with Blatter semi-stepping down, those in the background should be looking at bringing the game in to the 21st century and utilizing technology to get shot of the on field cheats so when Blatter finally leaves, the game itself will be in a stronger place.
For years I’ve said things like goal line technology was needed, as is a video ref and a great case in point for a video ref would be Thierry Henry’s blatant handball for France against the Republic of Ireland – a game France won. Now after the calls for handball from the Irish players the captain should have had the right to call for a video ref to double check – he (the video ref) would only see what the rest of the world saw, a player blatantly cheating. A video ref could be used for divers, along with other attempts at cheating, VIDEO DOESN’T LIE!
Would a video ref be of any use in football? Well rugby league seems to thinks so, rugby union seems to think so, even tennis has technology to sort out line ball issues, FIFA (or is it just Blatter) in its wonderous gilded cage is oblivious to the fact that SOMETHING needs to be done aside from lining their own pockets.
Do I think a video ref will see the light of day in football? Fat bloody chance, there are too many dinosaurs running FIFA, the FA, FAW, etc etc.
Serbia 6 – Wales 1 in a world cup qualifier???? FFS PULEEEZE look outside the box for a manager, try Spain or Sth America coz the crop that are sitting there in the sidelines waiting for the head of the current manager to role are just as soddin’ bad.
It was 1958 (the year I was born) the last and only time Wales made it to a world cup, any chance you useless bastards can get there again before I go tits up???????????
They may as well have been, well atleast the dutch football team – talk about rough house tactics. As far as games go, it wasn’t too bad but then again it wasn’t too good either.
It was all too much bash, barge and dive for me. Spain’s fluid game was regularly interrupted by off handed tactics from the dutch and their game was put off by too much of the ‘hit the ground and squirm’ that goes on in todays game of football – thankfully Ronaldo and Portugal weren’t playing, the bloody game would still be going now!!!
All in all though, the better team won, SPAIN!! and it’s proved once and for all that Euro 2008 wasn’t a one off.
Now let’s hope that Wales can make it in to Brazil 2014, though with TosserShack at the helm Wales has got no hope. Today though is Spanish football’s day – viva la Furia Rojas.
Spain over olympic diver Ronaldo and his motley crew, followed up by a rather lack-lustre win over Paraguay who I might add can go home with their heads held high, a damn sight higher than brazil after the Netherlands beat ’em brooohahaha.
I was pretty sure that Germany was going to beat the argies but not by 4 goals, geez what are the Germans trying to achieve, the record for most goals scored in a tournament 🙂
The “back hand from God” goes to uruGAY though, the tool who handled the ball and stopped the Ghana goal got sent off which means nothing IMHO – what should happen in instances like that is the goal should stand plus the player should be sent off. There is too much in the way of diving and professional fouls in the games today, it’s time FIFA and the football leagues look at a video ref. What’s worse. Adding a minute of extra time because a diver rolls around the pitch in mock agony, or 20 seconds while the video ref views the tape, makes the decision and the diver gets booked for being a plank???
Anyhoo La Furia Roja play the Germans next. This will be their toughest match yet and I just get the feeling it’s gunna go to penalties – another thing I hate about todays game. Bring back the golden goal!!!! Oh n the Netherlands have uruGAY – so the orange army will be first in to the WC finals!!
Can’t be much simpler than the title, blatant un-challenged hand ball’s from Brazilian’s, some of the most appalling referring I’ve ever seen as far as decisive send offs etc etc. To be quite honest, I am so over the world cup now and I was really looking forward to it but there’s just been too many momentous cock-ups.
As far as I’m concerned, this is how it should be run; standard rules (obviously) but no ref’s from participating countries and give the captains of each team three opportunities per game to contest suspect issues and have a video ref decide on whether or not the field ref’s decision should be overturned on the spot. Brazil’s handball in todays game would have been disallowed, Kewell’s send off would have probably resulted in a card not a send off etc etc etc.
Time to get with the program FIFA – you’re starting to lose the REAL fan base. What would you prefer, them or the fans (and I use the word loosely) who spend their time pissed, throwing stuff and being generally abusive. Oh wait what am I saying. FIFA are only in it “for the money!!”
Oh and don’t get me started on them f***ing vuvuwhatsits – I’d rather hear the crowd chanting not some mass marketed annoyance.