It’s a Bank Holiday here in England today, so this week’s links are little bit later than usual. Still, for those of you that are stuck at work today or have nothing better to do this afternoon than sit around and read about your favourite game, here are another six choice links from elsewhere on the internet, including further reasons why technology to assist referees wouldn’t necessarily be to the benefit of football supporters, a précis of the recent woes at Darlington and FIFA sticking its oar in on the debate over hijabs.
- Brian Phillips at The Run Of Play takes on the issue of technology to assist referees in football and concludes, not unreasonably, that the most important thing is that football is fun, and not necessarily that it is fair.
- A More Splendid returns to the subject of football writing and dismisses the myths that online football writing is “killing” the printed media, as well as looking at the oft poured over question of why the hell we do it in the first place.
- When Saturday Comes devotes some space to the ongoing troubles at Darlington and why many of the club’s remaining supporters are concerned that dropping out of the Football League may only be the beginning of the club’s problems.
- From A Left Wing looks at FIFA’s edict that the Iranian team will be barred from the forthcoming 2010 Youth Olympic Games, which are to be held in Singapore, and replaced by Thailand because the players, for religious reasons, cannot give up wearing hajibs for the tournament.
- The BBC’s Tim Vickery writes on the subject of relegation in South America, and shows that attitudes towards it have changed in Brazil and touching upon the recent decline of the Argentine giants, River Plate.
- Finally, if you have a question about football that you can’t find the answer to, you could do worse than try Football Filter’s excellent new Answers service.