Game, Sepp & Match

Sometimes, the question of whether FIFA has any morals or not is so cloudy that the casual reader can scarcely see the hand in front of their face. It is aloready fairly clear that FIFA’s ultimate aim in the current climate is self-preservation.¬†Sepp Blatter¬†will continue to attack the big clubs in whatever way he can (even if it also to the detriment of smaller clubs), as demonstrated by his thinly-veiled and peculiar attack on them last when describing the current transfer system as a form of “slavery”. He has been widely – and rightly – ridiculed for this, as he was for this intimation that women’s football would be more popular if the players wore tighter shirts, but sometimes one merely feels that he is being misguided in his pronouncements rather than downright wrong. His latest crazy scheme is to introduce a “6+5” rule, which forces clubs to play at least six players that are eligible for the country in which they are playing in every match. Although it seem, on the suface, to be a sound enough idea (particularly here in England, where the current manner in which players comes through means that Fabio Capello has got a total pool of English players that most international managers would look at and laugh, with no youngsters coming through), there is an element of self-preservation about it again. Club football...

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