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39th Game Proposal Ripped Apart

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 GAM£ 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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The FSF petition (nearly 12 000 signatures): Click Here

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Writer: J P Fear Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday February 15 2008

Time: 3:09PM

Your Comments

Blatter is a pratt, but seems he is making sense for once. Bless him.
young_jonah
The other FA's won't allow it as they also have their own interests at heart. It is very arrogant of our PL plonkers thinking they can make our clubs a travelling circus.
The Fear
This is all but dead in the water now, surely? Mind you, Scudamore and his cronies are likely to go it alone, despite all of the criticism and scorn. Its a non-starter in my estimation. No one see's it as practical.
glensider
Blatter's comments are a good week late. If the consensus was the other way then I don't think that he would have said the same thing. It is about the teams first then the players then the trophies then the league. Not the money pinching trophy games starring D. Beckham which the FA has coveted for so long.
Villan444
I notice there was a press release this week confirming that G14 had disbanded, it was slipped out without much attention being paid to it, but seems to me to be linked to the 39th game. These are after all the clubs usually linked with this kind of money grubbing, and Scudamore has stated that one of the reasons for game 39 is to stop the English ones "going it alone". This will get reworked like an EU treaty and before you know it the Turkeys, like the porn kings, will be voting for christmas. I forcast it will end up as someething similar to crickets sharjah cup where everyone turns up in the desert in March to play a tournament that has only one point... making money for the national cricket boards. I think its right to keep up the pressure, it has a long way to run yet!
Waldorf
It seems to be a proposal that simply wasn't thought out enough before the idea was released onto the unsuspecting public. It was handled very badly by Scudamore and co.
glensider
 

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