Sunday, March 25, 2007

Blatter Says "Football Is Ill"

A few days ago we ran an article listing comments from Michel Platini and William Gaillard of UEFA with their current views on football. You can read the full article here.

You might have seen that Sepp Blatter, FIFA president, has also been giving his views recently. In particular Blatter said "We have come to a crossroads of football, our football is ill. I see more and more financial interests over-riding people in club football especially."

He then went on to say "Even rich countries they are not capable of providing safe and comfortable stadia and I see that violence is everywhere, including inside the stadia. When you see what happened recently in big stadia, in the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, when highly-paid players got involved in fights, which was nothing compared to what we saw later in Valencia. There are many other examples I could mention. Where is football leading to if players are now at each others' throats. What will people think if they see on TV these pictures of major football matches. We must act, and we will raise this at Fifa's next congress."

It is clear that UEFA have a vision for football and want to do something about it. What FIFA's vision is and what they plan on doing about it we will have to wait and see.


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