Friday, March 23, 2007

...if players are now at each others' throats

Sepp Blatter, president of FIFA, held a news conference and raised the concern that soccer is on the verge, or in the middle of, a major problem. I'm glad someone at such a high level is saying it out loud. To list a few areas of concern within the last year or so: match fixing, fan riots, player fights, and a growing possibility of performance enhancement substance abuse. It could just get worse from here if someone doesn't do something about it.

  • "I see more and more financial interests over-riding people in club football especially."
  • "Even rich countries they are not capable of providing safe and comfortable stadia and I see that violence is everywhere, including inside the stadia."
  • "Where is football leading to if players are now at each others' throats?"

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