The Italian Job


Ian began writing Twohundredpercent in May 2006. He lives in Brighton. He has also written for, amongst others, Pitch Invasion, FC Business Magazine, The Score, When Saturday Comes, Stand Against Modern Football and The Football Supporter. Ian was the first winner of the Socrates Award For Not Being Dead Yet at the 2010 NOPA awards for football bloggers.

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  1. colin says:

    I have to say, I’ve always thought it verged upon the obscene the way Uefa and Fifa wave around the threat of expulsion to try and stop anyone challenging them in court.

    I remember when John Collins left Celtic and signed for Monaco, who refused to pay a fee – citing the Bosman ruling, despite not actually being in the EU or covered by its laws at that time.

    When Celtic complained to Uefa, they got no support and – when they suggested they might like a judge to rule on that decision – Uefa said they would be banned from European football if they raised a case and the SFA would be instructed to suspend them from domestic football or itself face expulsion from Uefa and Fifa.

    I can’t think of any other organisation that gets away with that kind of crude bullying tactics.

    And it’s back again in the Italian case.

    If you review the evidence, most of it is against one individual who was not always employed by the clubs punished – although they certainly benefited from his actions.

    Others who there is direct evidence against are named employees of the domestic association and the Uefa and Fifa administrations and referee lists.

    None of these people face any sanctions whatsoever.

    If a club challenges that outcome – they are hit with the threat of expulsion by Fifa.

    Now, I don’t have much sympathy with Juve over their punishment – other than in that the clubs seem to be suffering where the autorities have escaped – but I can see exactly why they fancy their day in court.

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