World Cup 2010

FI-FA FI-FUM, I Smell the Blood of Corrup-tion

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Thank God ‘the goal that wasn’t’ happened to England, ironically the home of the Hawk-Eye detection system used with great seemless success?at Wimbledon tennis, but somehow not good enough for FIFA.
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For if?it happened to?a?less influential?nation at the World Cup,?nothing would change at FIFA. Take Tevez’s off-side goal against Mexico: it is?as damning but it receives little coverage, outside of Mexico.
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No. This time they cannot ignore the inevitable:?Maradona’s ‘Hand of God’ and now this is just too much for a past super-power to handle.

So why is FIFA following the Vatican?approach of burying their head in the sand? (Clue: both involve Swiss guards).?In fact they go further: they are banning controversial replays (at stadiums and on their website) so not to incite the masses. How dark age is that? Censorship?means?FIFA sees moving back in time is the answer.?
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Some say that technology ruins the ‘human touch’ of the game. But who really wants?to see referees placed under increasingly impossible pressure at the expense of justice??FIFA says lets bring in two more officials. You mean, more collusion? How many referees doesn it take to fix a game?
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FIFA’s foot-dragging leaves the door open to more?sinister accusations.
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It has been known for a number of decades that match fixing?is rampant in professional soccer, particularly?in Europe?where?players and even coaches & managers and, wait for it … referees, are?being influenced by gambling syndicates & organized crime. Bribes, extortion, blackmail are used as leverage in changing the results of games. And who is more vulnerable than a poorly paid and under appreciated official? Pretending it doesn’t exist doesn’t make it go away.
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Many documented cases exist, more than FIFA is willing to admit.
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So the question is simple: is FIFA part of this problem or the solution?
What do they have to hide in making the game fairer? Who are they really protecting?
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Taking referee error out of soccer means there cannot be talf of conspiracy and it releases officials from being forced to make dumb spontaneous decisions on events they obviously?haven’t seen.
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FIFA risks losing their stranglehold on the game. A sport some say?FIFA have unfairly claimed as their own. After all, how complicated does a?soccer game have to be: just?22 players, two goals, a ball. And a hawk-eyed referee.

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