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FSF Respond To Blatter Statement

FSF Respond To Blatter Statement

FIFA president Sepp Blatter has come to the possible rescue of English Premier League fans by saying he would not allow the circus proposed by Richard Scudamore with the pathetic 39th game.

Blatter said: "This does not take into consideration the fans of the clubs and it gives the impression that they just want to go on tour to make some money. This will never happen, at least as long as I am the president of FIFA."

Adding, "The Premier League is richer than the others, they have more responsibility and what they are trying to do is contrary to this responsibility. This is something I cannot understand and definitely the FIFA executive committee will not sanction such an initiative."

The Premier League had suggested it could go ahead with the plan without FIFA sanctioning it but Blatter says that is not the case explaining: "It is not true. Even if the FA did sanction it, all the national associations receiving these clubs would have to sanction it also. This will be very difficult. In addition to that, the FIFA executive committee will apply article two of the FIFA statutes: 'to prevent all methods or practices which might jeopardise the integrity of matches or competitions or give rise to abuse of association football'. This is abuse. The rich Premier League is trying to get richer and wants to expand the importance of that league."

The US Soccer Federation and the Asian Football Confederation have both already distanced themselves from the idea.

Meanwhile the Football Supporters Federation are planning to continue with their meetings to drive home the message that the 39th Game initiative is not welcome. They have released a statement confirming that the campaign meetings and rallies around England, starting with London on Monday night (18/2/08) will proceed.

The statement reads:

SUPPORTERS RESPOND TO BLATTER STATEMENT

The Football Supporters' Federation has vowed to step up its NO TO GAMĀ£ 39 - A MATCH TOO FAR! Campaign following FIFA President Sepp Blatter's opposition to the Premier League's proposal.

In statement issued today (Fri 15/2/08) the FSF said:

Whilst Herr Blatter's statement is welcome, this doesn't mean the danger of the Premier League pressing ahead has passed. Supporters need to keep the pressure up. We confirm that we'll be proceeding with next week's campaign meetings around England.

FSF Chair Malcolm Clarke said, "We might have gone one up ten minutes into the game, but there's still a long way to go. We'll be fighting right to the final whistle. We can't afford to be complacent or think this proposal is off the table."


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Writer:Walker
Date:Saturday February 16 2008
Time: 9:56AM

Comments

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Yeah, the job is JUST a fraction done if we can we MUST keep the pressure applied to the Premier League to make sure this doesn't happen!!!
Hughes Da Man
16/02/2008 09:58:00
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wow this is getting bigger by the day
sasman
16/02/2008 10:45:00
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It is a joke though so lets squash it before it gets carried away!!!
MikeyGamst
17/02/2008 19:36:00
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I dont see what all the fuss is about. I honestly do not.
BomBom
18/02/2008 09:48:00
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So you AGREE with the proposal Bom?!?!
Hughes Da Man
18/02/2008 10:24:00
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in principal mate yes, why not? The league has been clamouring for a winter break for a few seasons now, why not make this game (a regular season game, not a 39th game) the last before the winter break, then it could be scheduled anywhere. There would have to be something set up to allow the money gained to be proportioned into a central fund then all 20 teams gain an equal share or along those lines but I do not see what all the fuss is about. If the NFL, NBA and NHL can bring regular season games to the UK, i cannot see why we cannot do the same thing.
BomBom
19/02/2008 11:59:00
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THe reason there should not be a winter break is due to increased attendances over the xmas period.
MikeyGamst
22/02/2008 09:34:00
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