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FIFA once again prove they are out of touch

Is there any other sport ruled by a bunch of more overpaid, self-righteous pompous gits out of touch with the modern day? We see cheating pricks like Thierry Henry cost the Republic of Ireland tens of millions of pounds because the referees couldn't see what every person and every camera in the stadium could. We see Birmingham today beaten in an FA Cup quarter-final because the blind bastard posing as assistant referee couldn't spot what was blatantly obvious from the same position - daylight between the goalpost and the ball as it crossed the line. If it was Pompey in the same position, it could have spelt the end of the club. In amateur days, it mightn't have made much of a difference. This is when what happened on the field, stayed on the field, all the players shook hands and had a drink together after the game. The game is a long, long way from that in 2010. Poor decisions can cost players, teams and countries millions, and hoping the guilty player will hold his hand up and admit a foul or that it was a goal? You've got more chance of finding the Loch Ness monster.

Goal line technology ruled out

What is the problem? "We should not have technology in the game" - referees wear microphones, players wear boots designed by companies spending millions on research and development, stadia and pitches are built and maintained using state-of-the-art technology. And we're certainly not using the heavy leather balls they used in the 50s. If you don't want technology in the game, then don't let people watch it at home on TV - make them go to the game. It's there already, use it!

Worried about delays? Oh, give us a break - look at what happens in rugby or tennis. It's done quickly and the crowd build up tension waiting for it.

'We want the game to stay the same at all levels' - Oh, get real. Junior football is nothing like professional football. Grandstands, change rooms, advertising everywhere, overpaid prats who shag their teammates' wives/partners, referees who get abused and surrounded by these overpaid prats when they don't agree with a decision, diving..... do we really want these at all levels of the game? The best of a sport deserves the best it can have - the best players, the best venues, the best referees (is there such a thing?), the best technology... When you have fans who are willing to start fights/kill each other over results, isn't in the public interest to remove any doubt or room to attack the referees?

What's stopping the FA/Premier League going out on their own here? Are FIFA going to sanction them? Fat chance. For good or bad, the world now revolves around Premier League football and even FIFA aren't stupid enough to ignore that.

The comment from FIFA about how wonderful it is that people are still talking about the 1966 'was it or wasn't it a goal' in the final is stupid, as you'd expect from them. They're not debating the goal, it's just English fans clinging onto the memories of the only thing they have ever won!

Time for a league to bite the bullet and tell FIFA to piss off. FIFA is irrelevant to the club game anyway.

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