The winner of this competition has now been notified. Thanks to all that took part, it was surprising how many entered but also surprising how many got the question wrong and perhaps worse still, did not even provide an answer! Nonetheless we hope to be back soon with another competition so keep checking the site!
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A vote to kick Sepp Blatter out of football
Not only has he been at the centre of the most controversial issues regarding football since he became President in June 1998 but he has made so many slip ups, followed by quick apologies that he really can’t be considered to take football forward anymore. If the madness of King George is anything to go by, then the madness of Joseph Blatter, in footballing terms, has absolutely thrashed the King 7-0.
Even when Blatter was first elected in 1998 there were rumours of backhanders with some suggesting they were offer up to $100k to vote for the Swiss at the time. Under his control FIFA became a closed shop despite allegations of financial mismanagement, Blatter, as FIFA President always came out of the issue unscathed, mostly due to him being in control of the investigations.
With regards to womens football, in 2004, he even suggested that they wear tighter clothes in order to bring more male fans in to watch the sport. Add to this that he has publicly criticised referee’s displays at World Cups, criticised the EPL for allowing too many foreigners to play the game within the English game, allowed the French to join the 2010 World Cup despite there being an obvious handball leaving the Irish at home, still dismissing the fact that technology is required in the modern game, and his latest remarks that if there is racist banter between players on the pitch, a handshake at the end of the game should see that all is forgotten.
The biggest balls up of all was the latest vote on the next World Cup which was crowded with controversy and proven to have involved backhanders once again, most involved were suspended or expelled from football. Blatter? Well he was again voted in as FIFA President but did not ask for a re-vote on the 2022 Qatar Olympics despite it obviously involving so much corruption. The fact that it will be too hot during the competition is something he nor FIFA representatives really thought about at the time and now he is even suggesting it be moved to winter.
There is not really much to find that is good about Sepp Blatter and what he has done for FIFA but the facts speak for themselves. He is 75 years old, has lost the plot and has no idea about the modern game of football.
It’s time for a new FIFA President and we realise that normally it is a case of “better the devil you know” in this case we shall make a large exception and ask that a new, younger devil be brought in to replace him.
Please find time to vote below, pass on to family and friends and if we get enough votes we shall pass this on to FIFA.
Quotes made by Sepp Blatter.
“Because I love football and I love the footballers.”
On Governments aasking for FIFA to be investigated.
“If governments try to intervene in our organisation then something is wrong, I think Fifa is strong enough to deal with the problems inside Fifa. I am sure that the day after tomorrow at the congress we will prove we can solve the problems – if there are any – inside the congress.”
On Foreign players involved in club teams.
“It’s up to the national associations and their leagues to limit the entry of foreign players.”
On rich owners taking over football clubs.
“The source of wealth is from individuals with little or no history of interest in the game, who have happened upon football as a means of serving some hidden agenda.”
“What I am most proud of is the legacy of hope that FIFA and football leaves around the world. It makes all of the efforts and energy I pour into this job worth it.”
On the recent uprising of racism in football.
“I would deny it. There is no racism. There is maybe one of the players towards another – he has a word or a gesture which is not the correct one. But the one who is affected by that, he should say that this is a game. We are in a game, and at the end of the game, we shake hands, and this can happen, because we have worked so hard against racism and discrimination.”
On the FIFA corruption and voting scandal crisis.
“Crisis? What is a crisis?
Quotes on Sepp Blatter.
PFA Chief Gordon Taylor:
“I just feel it’s the straw that broke the camel’s back.When you see the corruption they’ve had at Fifa, the comments he made about homosexuals not going to Qatar, the way he talked about women’s football, the style of the arrangements for the World Cup, the fact he won’t have technology.”
Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand:
“Your comments on racism are so condescending it’s almost laughable. If fans shout racist chants but shake our hands is that OK?”
Blackburn Rovers striker Jason Roberts:
“For him to say this in public is either very honest or very foolish. I am absolutely disgusted, lost for words, I cannot believe he has said something like that with all the issues that have gone on. I am absolutely fuming.”
BBC Presenter Garth Crooks:
“Clearly Sepp Blatter is a man who’s never suffered from racism. I’m shocked and somewhat dismayed.”
SkySports Pundit Chris Kamara:
“Enough is enough. He has to go. He has overstepped the mark this time. It has to be resignation.”
“He has never been in the position of being abused for the colour of his skin. I’m an ambassador for the Kick It Out campaign. He should just be saying ‘Let’s get rid of it from the game, worldwide, so football is clean’. It is a flippant remark. Time after time he does not seem to think about what he is saying. He has no idea what goes on on a day-to-day basis. If he did, he wouldn’t have come out with that. People can’t be as ignorant as him and stick their heads in the sand.People do say things in the heat of the moment. But you can’t brush that under the carpet with a handshake. You have to take action.”
Accrington Stanley suffer midfield blow
Accrington Stanley have lost midfielder Ian Craney for up to three months, following the player breaking his leg in training.
Craney, who recently made his 200th appearance for the club, he suffered the injury in preparation for Friday night’s League Two encounter with Cheltenham Town.
The 29-year-old’s injury will be an almighty blow to John Coleman’s side, as the club confirmed that Craney will be out until the new year.
However, this may result in Stanley boss Coleman handing three loan players their full-debuts for the club when they meet Cheltenham.
Striker James Spray, on loan from Wolves, and midfielder pair Will Hatfield (on loan from Leeds United) and Luke Dobie (on loan from Middlesbrough) are all battling to win a starting place for the game against the Robins.
Stanley currently sit at 18th in the Npower League Two and will be eager to pick up the points so they can move up the table, following their 2-0 defeat to Swindon last week.
Last year’s clash against Cheltenham resulted in a 4-2 victory for the Robins at the Crown Ground.
Paying the price: Massive fees for England’s young pros
With just under a month to go before the July transfer window officially opens again for yet another ferocious flurry of transfer activity, two of the most eye-catching moves of the summer may have already taken place.
Last Thursday, Sunderland’s impressive England Under-21 international midfielder Jordan Henderson swapped Wearside for a crack at the title with Kenny Dalglish’s Liverpool for the 2011-12 season. Not only was the move significant considering the 20 year old only made his league debut with the Black Cats in 2009, but more so for the expensive reported fee of some £20 million the Reds paid to prize the young talent away from the team that guided his first steps into football.
The move yet again highlighted the ever-increasing culture of sky-high transfer fees for luring England’s top prospects. With barely a week since Henderson’s move materialised, North West rivals Manchester United have also picked up one of the aspiring England Under-21 Internationals in Blackburn’s Phil Jones, who too is currently away on International duty in Denmark for UEFA’s Under 21 Championship Finals. Similarly Jones’ move valued at a reported £17 million seems extortionate considering the Lancastrian only made his first-team debut in a Carling Cup tie at Nottingham Forest’s City Ground in September 2009.
But in an ever-frantic and frenzied Premier League, maybe it is a sign of the times that to achieve success you either put up or shut up, and the North West’s two leading clubs have wasted no time in securing what are undoubtedly two of England’s best International prospects. You just can’t help feeling that the escalated transfer fees of both Henderson and Jones are extortionate considering what £20 million could buy you only a few seasons ago. Yet again, England players are highlighted for their costly worth in the transfer landscape of football’s ins and outs.
In 2001, at that time, it took a staggering £45.7 million for Real Madrid to steal away French icon and legend Zinedine Zidane from Juventus signaling the height of the Galactico era in the Spanish capital. Some 10 years on, Henderson and Jones’ fees represent almost half of what Los Blancos paid the Italian club for the services of a player who had achieved so much in the prime of his career and who went on to win FIFA World Player of the Year twice both in 2000 whilst with the Bianconeri and again in 2003 in that Real Madrid side that illuminated European football so greatly.
The point is that transfer fees are certainly not what they were, and perhaps English clubs have distorted views behind how much their top talents are truly worth. It has not been long since football fans gasped in January at the astronomical £35 million; Liverpool paid Newcastle for the assets of distinguishable forward Andy Carroll. Maybe, we value our talents too much and over-emphasise their achievements considering the national team hasn’t realised success on the international stage for some 40 plus years unlike those hailing so enviously from the Iberian peninsula with their tippy tappy style and jaw dropping 25 pass unchallenged advances up and down football pitches across Europe; Barcelona FC, I think they’re known as.
But seriously, if we are to examine the most exciting of England’s young international’s in Arsenal’s Jack Wilshere; if Manchester City are to try a pointless bid considering Arsenal will not be letting go of Cesc Fabregas’ natural successor this summer, surely it would take a total of some £30 million plus to lure away the Hertfordshire born youngster. In the 2010-11 season the 19 year old played over 30 games for the Gunners and impressively completed 93.5% of passes against midfield messiah’s Xavi and Andres Iniesta in that encapsulating victory against Barcelona in the first-leg of their Champions League tie at the Emirates Stadium.
High fees for England’s top pros are here to stay. Perhaps this is why one Arsene Wenger refuses to engage in attracting the country’s top talents to the capital. I’m sure the Gunners would benefit from some midfield steel in West Ham linchpin Scott Parker who would surely add some bite to Arsenal’s ailing title challenges if signed.
All shall be revealed in an intriguing, yet another exaggerated and expensive window whereby even Arsenal have dipped their toe into the transfer market early by signing Charlton’s Finland Under-19 international Carl Jenkinson, who is still eligible to represent England; the country of his birth via his English father.
The first two major youngsters have been signed for a lot of money – there will be more to come.
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