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Blatter talks Sense!!!

FIFA president Sepp Blatter has come to the possible rescue of English Premier League fans by saying he would not allow the circus proposed by Richard Scudamore with the pathetic 39th game.

Blatter said: 'This does not take into consideration the fans of the clubs and it gives the impression that they just want to go on tour to make some money. This will never happen, at least as long as I am the president of FIFA.` Adding, 'The Premier League is richer than the others, they have more responsibility and what they are trying to do is contrary to this responsibility. This is something I cannot understand and definitely the FIFA executive committee will not sanction such an initiative.'

The Premier League had suggested it could go ahead with the plan without FIFA sanctioning it but Blatter says that is not the case explaining: 'It is not true. Even if the FA did sanction it, all the national associations receiving these clubs would have to sanction it also. This will be very difficult. In addition to that, the FIFA executive committee will apply article two of the FIFA statutes: 'to prevent all methods or practices which might jeopardise the integrity of matches or competitions or give rise to abuse of association football'. This is abuse. The rich Premier League is trying to get richer and wants to expand the importance of that league.`

The US Soccer Federation and the Asian Football Confederation have both already distanced themselves from the idea.

Meanwhile the Football Supporters Federation are planning to continue with their meetings to drive home the message that the 39th Game initiative is not welcome. They have released a statement confirming that the campaign meetings and rallies around England, starting with London on Monday night (18/2/08) will proceed.

The statement reads:


The Football Supporters' Federation has vowed to step up its NO TO GAM£ 39 - A MATCH TOO FAR! Campaign following FIFA President Sepp Blatter's opposition to the Premier League's proposal.

In statement issued today (Fri 15/2/08) the FSF said:

Whilst Herr Blatter's statement is welcome, this doesn't mean the danger of the Premier League pressing ahead has passed. Supporters need to keep the pressure up. We confirm that we'll be proceeding with next week's campaign meetings around England.

FSF Chair Malcolm Clarke said, 'We might have gone one up ten minutes into the game, but there's still a long way to go. We'll be fighting right to the final whistle. We can't afford to be complacent or think this proposal is off the table.'

Details of the meetings: Click Here

The FSF petition (nearly 12 000 signatures): Click Here

Vital Football petition (5300 signatures) Click Here

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Writer: Andy Leggott Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday February 15 2008

Time: 7:21PM

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It is relley a bad idea or maybe I did not understand well, In June 2007 I sent email to the Premier League FA, The letter was about a suggest to make change in some rules, The suggest was, a team who win ( HOME ) he earn only 2 point & If he win out side ( AWAY ) he earn 3 point , With unchanged the onther rules, After week they send to me letter thank me and said they did not think to change the rules at the present time.( Please when you read the suggest do not compare with the results of City this season ) .
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15/02/2008 21:28:00

I think they should introduce a bonus points for goals scored, Reading scored four away from home and came away with nothing, if you got a bonus for scoring three away from home, it might introduce more attacking games. They have to resolve the offside, because the same circumstances can occur in two games one flagged offside the second onside, you never know from one game to the next what is offside. I am still convinced that the Blackburn goal was offside. Dunne tried to head the ball that made him active.
Buzz Lightyear
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16/02/2008 07:14:00

Blatter is well on the ball. He is also after forcing top flight sides to field 6 England qualified players per game. City would be in a superb position if that goes through!
Johnny Baguette
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16/02/2008 18:16:00

JB I dont think the 6 Englisg players will stand up in court if challenged, because of the eu any european is allowed to work anywhere within the EU and could be calsses as discrimination, but you are right we would have a head start.
Buzz Lightyear
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17/02/2008 11:49:00

If only we had beaten Sheffield!!!
Buzz Lightyear
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18/02/2008 15:50:00

Two things, first I still can't believe I'm in agreement with anyting Sepp Blatter says, and secondly guess who is in training with our local MLS side Toronto FC? None other than Kitsio 'Kiki" Musampa! They're giving him a trial run to see if he can fill the spot left when Andy Welsh, who was terrible for us, hopped back across the pond to join Blackpool. Small world, I just hope he knows that he'll be playing on artifical turf which is generally hated by every player coming over from Europe.
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19/02/2008 15:32:00

I think Kiki is a far better player than Andy Welsh and should do well for you. I don't think he got the credit he deserved whilst he was with us.
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19/02/2008 17:11:00

Kiki played better in central left midfield than he did as a left winger and you could not fault his work rate for the team. I don't know what standard the MLS league is BC, but if not prmier then Kki should do well.
Buzz Lightyear
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20/02/2008 16:54:00

Happy to inform that Scudamores moronic plan has officially crashed and burned. Feckin money grabbing c unt.
Blue is the colour
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