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theotherphantom

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11/02/2017 at 21:59

Interesting development. A Tory private member's bill is trying to force reform on the FA. This follows a parliamentary no-confidence vote on the FA.

More here:
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/football/2017/ 02/10/exclusive-england-face-world-cup-ax e-reforms/

FIFA's rules, understandably, have provision to discourage rogue governments from exerting undue influence on a country's football association.

"Fifa’s rules do not specify precisely what constitutes government interference in its member associations but Article 19 of its statutes states: “Each member association shall manage their affairs independently and without undue influence from third parties.” Article 14 adds: “Violations may also lead to sanctions, even if the third-party influence was not the fault of the member association concerned.”"

Sanctions could include England's suspension from international competitions.


I'm wondering who would be scoring the biggest own-goal here. The FA appear to be drawing up plans for voluntary reform, but if the government insist on more radical changes, and use threats or legislation to force it, FIFA may take a dim view. As utterly useless as the FA are, it would be interesting to see how much of a backlash there would be against the Tories if England were to be banned from the Russian World Cup. 

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NationalTiger

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12/02/2017 at 13:31

Interesting on many levels this, TOP.

Normally, I wouldn't think FIFA would pay too much interest in this from any other member state, but with it being England... any excuse to stick the boot in will be lapped up.

The sensible approach would be to allow the FA to come up with their own reforms and take it from there. Let's see how serious Greg Clarke and the FA are about changing for the greater good, before the government feel the need to intervene. But when did logic and politics become such good bed fellows? Especially so, in current climes. All the hallmarks of the lunatics taking over the asylum, for me.

Dangerous times ahead, I think. 

Now then... 

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12/02/2017 at 19:22

FIFA detest England because of the global 'power' of the English team - despite performing well below expectations in most tournaments in the past 50 years, they continually bring in some of the highest advertising revenue, live crowds and TV viewers. The vast majority of international supporters around the world want to see their country play England... Even though many other countries' supporters claim to hate England, they watch them... advertisers who fund the tournament want England involved for this reason.

There is a chance this may wane now, with many of the current English team's international media profiles and marketability being far lower than the previous generation of Beckham, Rooney, Owen etc.


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NationalTiger

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13/02/2017 at 19:45

Ain't that the truth Gull. 

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