If you have read my postings over the last 3 months or so, you will already appreciate that I am not a fan of the men who administrate our sport, at any level. On Saturday in Zurich, the International Football Association Board and FIFA met at the 124th Annual General Meeting to discuss the important issue of goal-line technology and the possible introduction of electronic based systems to help in avoiding flawed decisions by referees and their assistants. After much debate, none of it intelligent I’ll bet, all this bunch of clowns could come up with was that they “want to keep the human face of football which is what makes the sport great” and that “the door is now closed” on the issue. A loud round of applause please for that stunning development, which when translated to modern day society, suggests that on that basis, we’d all still be running around chasing our food with bows and arrows.
The IFAB is just as much a clueless organization as FIFA. Populated by the Association chiefs of Wales, England, Scotland and Northern Ireland, you have a group that are totally out of their depth when it comes to this kind of issue. Along with FIFA, they get to control the Laws that run our sport without any experience in the effects that their decisions have on the game.
These fools defy belief. They cannot relate to the sport that they run and are so disconnected from what people demand these days from their everyday lives, that they are prepared to run this game into the ground. to make matters worse. The success of this sport over the last 10 years or so is down to quality and excitement, and this development threatens to throw all that into the toilet. Jerome Valcke, FIFA Secretary General, said today that he hopes that the decision taken on Saturday won’t come back to haunt them in the World Cup Final. Are you kidding me ? Common sense tells me that it’s just a matter of time before that happens, and then what do FIFA say then ? Sorry ?
I think what angers me the most here is that how do these people think that they are more qualified to run the sport than other, more relevant figures within the game who have decades of experience. Here’s a novel idea. Let’s listen to the players, fans and coaches and see what they think. I will guarantee that almost unanimously, that group would vote in favor of developing technology within the laws of the game.
I have written several posts on FIFA’s inability to run the game so I’m going to make this post short and sweet or I know I’ll ruin my Sunday. I frankly hope that there is a bad decision that causes a top seeded team to be eliminated from the tournament in June. It is a horrible situation to wish for but it is the only circumstance that will get through to these clowns, and maybe then, following the uproar that is guaranteed to follow, the right thing will get done.
I wonder what the feelings are in Dublin about this ?