Blatter wants video used to punish divers


FIFA president Sepp Blatter desires players who dive, fake injuries or waste materials time to be punished using video evidence retrospectively.

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Sepp Blatter desires retrospective video proof to be used even more frequently.


The guidelines already allow such actions to be used, but Blatter believes disciplinary bodies are usually not really applying them when "severe breaches of the theory of fair have fun with" have been skipped by referees.

In FIFA's every week magazine, Blatter wrote: "I am not really talking about a fresh technological help to be utilized during matches, but about applying a tool consistently."

While not really advocating video proof to be utilized during video games, Blatter says it must be used later on to punish "brawling, spitting at opponents, verbal insults and racist slurs, the faking of injuries, intentional time-wasting or diving."


Brazilian president Rousseff hits back at Blatter

“No country has been so far behind in its preparations since I have been at FIFA even though it is the only host nation which has had so much time – seven years – in which to prepare. ”

Following Rousseff’s rebuttal, the Blatter also took to Twitter to claim: “I concur with the comments of dilmabr (Rousseff) about the World Cup. The whole world is awaiting the Cup of Cups. Brazil will be a great host. Brazil 2014 will be a great success. “
Three of the stadiums are not likely to be finished until April, including the Itaquera Arena in Sao Paulo, which will host the opening match between Brazil and Croatia on June 12. The Brazilian government said it would be completed in February, only for FIFA to confirm another deadline of April 15.
However, Sports Minister Aldo Rebelo assured that Brazil would be ready in time.

“Brazil has been working in preparation for the World Cup since it was chosen to host the tournament. Ticket sales, the biggest out of any World Cup, shows that fans all over the world are confident that the World Cup of 2014 will be the best ever, ” Rebelo told the Associated Press.

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Cristiano Ronaldo is Amazing, Scores Hat Trick to Put Portugal in World Cup

Ronaldo 2nd goal against Sweden

Cristiano Ronaldo vs. Zlatan Ibrahimovic lived up to its pregame billing, it simply happened to take over two hours of soccer to occur. Minutes after Ronaldo appeared to have ebook his country a place in next summer time’s World Cup, the large Swede stepped up and said, ‘not so fast’ with a two targets in rapid succession, evening the two-leg playoff at 2-2.

Ronaldo flipped up an imaginary collar and reminded us why he’s in all probability the most effective player on the planet, no matter what Sepp Blatter thinks.

Ronaldo delivered a one-two punch to cap his hat trick, booking Portugal’s place in next summer time’s World Cup in the course of with a 4-2 win on combination. Ronaldo scored all four objectives for Portugal over the 2 legs.

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Right here’s the primary objectives from the Portuguese star immediately:

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It meant Ibrahimovic’s good free kick, which gave Sweden a brief lifeline, is nothing more than a footnote.


Associated: Ravel Morrison Scored a Ridiculous Aim in England U-21 Coaching

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Ronaldo and Bale net as Real win 10-goal thriller

Gareth Bale scored twice on his first start for Real Madrid at the Bernabeu, while Ronaldo netted yet another hat-trick.

Gareth Bale scored twice on his first start for Real Madrid at the Bernabeu, while Ronaldo netted yet another hat-trick.

(CNN) – Cristiano Ronaldo provided the perfect riposte to FIFA president Sepp Blatter after scoring a hat-trick as Real Madrid beat Sevilla 7-3 on a night when Gareth Bale grabbed his first goals at the Bernabeu.

Days after Blatter had made a bizarre impersonation of the Portuguese while saying the star spent “a lot of money at the hairdressers”, the 28-year-old scored his third career hat-trick against Sevilla to go top of the scoring charts in Spain with 11 goals.

He celebrated his first goal from the penalty spot with a military salute in a mocking response to Blatter’s description of him as a “commander” last week.

Read: Ronaldo reacts to Blatter jibes

The absorbing victory also allowed Real to put Saturday’s defeat by Barcelona behind them, not just because of the three points but also because Bale, the most expensive footballer in history, began to repay some of his fee.

Making his first start as a home player at the legendary Bernabeu, the Welshman scored twice, made another two and also managed to complete his first 90 minutes in his seventh appearance for Madrid.

Despite Bale’s largely anonymous display at Camp Nou, which was blamed on a lack of match practice, Real coach Carlo Ancelotti was wholly vindicated by his decision to keep faith in the 24-year-old, who curled home a fine opener before a free-kick was deflected in as he handed Real a 2-0 lead.

On a satisfying night for the hosts, for whom substitute Xabi Alonso made his first appearance of the season after injury, Karim Benzema also grabbed a brace as Real moved up to third in the table, six points behind Barca.

Sevilla were reduced to 10 men late on when Stephane Mbia received his second yellow card.

In Italy, both Napoli and Juventus closed the gap on Roma to just two points, but the league leaders can extend their lead – and register a perfect 10 victories from their opening 10 league games – when hosting bottom side Chievo on Thursday.

Goals from Jose Maria Callejon and Dries Mertens helped Napoli win 2-1 at Fiorentina, with both sides reduced to 10 men late on, while Andrea Pirlo and Carlos Tevez were among the goals as Juventus thumped Catania 4-0 at home.

Elsewhere, Brazilian Kaka scored his first goal since returning for AC Milan as the seven-time European champions were held to a 1-1 draw by visitors Lazio.

One of the most surprising results of the night came in France, where big spending Monaco suffered their first defeat of the season at the hands of fellow Ligue 1 side Reims in the League Cup.

Fielding a weakened side that was deprived of the suspended Radamel Falcao, Monaco were knocked out of the cup after suffering their first defeat since May – as midfielder Antoine Devaux fired home in the first half.

Claudio Ranieri’s side travel to Lille, who have not conceded a goal in six league games, at the weekend in a battle of the two sides immediately behind Paris Saint-Germain at the top of the table.

In England, Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City both progressed to the quarterfinals with respective victories over Hull City and Newcastle United.

City won 2-0 in extra-time thanks to goals from Alvaro Negredo and Edin Dzeko, while Spurs won through 8-7 on penalties after drawing 2-2 at home against Hull.

Spurs’ win capped a miserable week in London for Egypt’s Ahmed Elmohamady, who missed the decisive penalty just days after being penalized for a harsh handball in Tottenham’s 1-0 league win against the same opponents on Saturday.

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Future News: FIFA to open World Cup to all nations that pay $250 million entry fee


Football’s world governing body announced a controversial new plan that will allow all member nations who fail to qualify for the World Cup to buy their way in for an entry fee of $250 million. FIFA’s plan will not go into effect until the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, but it opens the possibility of the 32-team tournament being expanded exponentially.

“Football is about inclusion,” FIFA president Sepp Blatter said of the decision. “And with this plan, we make it possible to include more countries and players and fans. The World Cup qualification process will still go on as usual, but after that ends any other FIFA member nation can buy a ticket to play for a reasonable sum.”

Blatter added: “This is not a lot of money, especially when you consider that the World Cup only comes once every four years. There are many nations that can pay $250 million very easily and many others that can pay it if they make cuts to less important things like healthcare and education. If there are countries who still cannot raise the money, FIFA will also offer payday loans at a fair interest rate of 4000 percent. This is a wonderful opportunity we are providing the world.”

The chance to buy in to the World Cup will be tempting for many nations that fail to qualify through traditional means. If Mexico is unable to qualify for the 2014 World Cup, sports marketing firm DreaMatch Solutions estimates that it will cost the country’s businesses $600 million. Even if governments are unwilling or unable to pay, corporations and mega-rich benefactors could step in to protect and promote private interests.

“The World Cup has become a symbol of global business, so it’s only fitting that participation can now be achieved through monetary investment,” said a spokesman for the Qatar Investment Authority. “It’s time to stop pretending that this tournament is a fairytale that exists purely to make fans happy. It is about business first and foremost and if there are people who do not like that, then maybe they should stop watching the World Cup. It is very simple.”

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Sepp Blatter says Qatar World Cup ‘may well be’ a mistake, bemoans European imperialism to distract from FIFA imperialism


The 2022 World Cup continues to be scheduled to be hosted by Qatar and that still doesn’t make much sense. The summer season heat in Qatar stays the headlining reason behind the potential for transferring the World Cup to the winter months, but more essential social and moral issues continue to lurk in the background. And although FIFA president Sepp Blatter is now admitting that the choice to let Qatar host is perhaps a mistake, it’s one way or the other going to happen and imperialistic Europeans are by some means responsible.

From Blatter’s interview with Inside World Football:

I consider that the World Cup needs to be awarded to a nation that basically, actually wants to host it, a nation that has the financial means to do it without neglecting other societal obligations, and a nation the place the national football federation can determine when it is the greatest time to play the sport. Frankly, if we automatically exclude potential hosts due to the climate, then the following step can simply be exclusion for different arbitrary and discriminatory reasons. I am not going to be occasion to any such thing….

Sepp Blatter is not going to be a celebration to discrimination! Unless it is towards homosexuals and it is happening in Qatar. Also, “neglecting different societal obligations” apparently doesn’t embody constructing stadiums with slave labor.

… however Mr Blatter, your ExCo knew full properly, already on December 10, 2010, that a summer season World Cup could be impossible to be hosted in Qatar’s scorching summer…

JSB:… that might be so, and it might be that we made a mistake at the time. Then again, it’s essential to also consider political and geo-political realities. The World Cup is FIFA’s largest if not only global occasion. Who are we, the Europeans, to demand that this event has to cater to the wants of 800 million Europeans above all, when there are over 7 billion individuals who populate this planet and of who 6.2 billion aren’t European, however who must at all times succumb to our diktat?

I suppose it is high time that Europe begins to grasp that we don’t rule the world anymore, and that some former European imperial powers can now not impress their will on to others in far-off locations, and we must accept that football has moved away from being a European and South American sport: it has develop into the World Sport that billions of followers are excitedly following every week, everywhere on the earth.

Yes, how dare those 800 million Europeans believe that they make up a large section of the football watching public? Clearly the one honest response was to award the 2022 World Cup to a handful of super rich sheikhs who rule a country of two million people. That will present these Europeans who can actually impress their will on others in far-off locations nowadays (trace: it’s the super wealthy sheikhs and the corrupt FIFA executives and company sponsors).

But it isn’t European imperialism that is the true concern right here, it is FIFA imperialism. They’re those imposing the unforgiving will of their sponsors on countries all around the world underneath a large cloud of corruption. Nations that want to host the World Cup are pressured to build and renovate stadiums that grow to be a financial drain as soon as FIFA leaves (see: South Africa), the poor are forcibly evicted from their houses to make means for the company circus and public funding is misappropriated to serve FIFA, who reap nearly all of the income. In Brazil the individuals have made it clear that they do not need the World Cup, but FIFA is giving it to them anyway. They usually doing it under the mantra of “FIFA cannot be held accountable” for their issues.

At this point, stating the hypocrisy and faulty logic in what Sepp Blatter says is a whole waste of time. He says whatever he needs, FIFA does whatever it desires and they all get away with all the things. Till that changes, this passage from Bret Easton Ellis’ American Psycho appears becoming:

“…there’s an concept of a Patrick Bateman, some kind of abstraction, but there is no such thing as a real me, solely an entity, one thing illusory, and although I can disguise my chilly gaze and you’ll shake my hand and feel flesh gripping yours and perhaps you possibly can even sense our existence are most likely comparable: I simply am not there. It’s onerous for me to make sense on any given level. Myself is fabricated, an aberration. I’m a noncontingent human being. My personality is sketchy and unformed, my heartlessness goes deep and is persistent. My conscience, my pity, my hopes disappeared a very long time in the past (most likely at Harvard) if they ever did exist. There aren’t any extra boundaries to cross. All I’ve in widespread with the uncontrollable and the insane, the vicious and the evil, all of the mayhem I’ve brought about and my utter indifference towards it, I have now surpassed. I nonetheless, although, hold on to one single bleak fact: nobody is secure, nothing is redeemed. Yet I’m innocent. Every model of human behavior have to be assumed to have some validity. Is evil one thing you’re? Or is it something you do? My ache is constant and sharp and I do not hope for a better world for anyone. In fact, I need my ache to be inflicted on others. I would like no one to flee. However even after admitting this—and I’ve countless instances, in nearly each act I’ve committed—and coming face-to-face with these truths, there isn’t a catharsis. I achieve no deeper knowledge about myself, no new understanding may be extracted from my telling. There has been no cause for me to let you know any of this. This confession has meant nothing….”



PETA complain to UEFA after Kazakhstani side sacrifice sheep before Champions League match

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Celtic’s quest to qualify for the Champions League proper hit a bump in the road on Tuesday when they were defeated by Kazakhstan Premier League champions Shakhter Karagandy in the first leg of their play-off round tie.

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Perhaps it was the wearisome 4,000-mile trip from Glasgow that caused the unexpected loss, or maybe it was the intimidating atmosphere created by 20,000 fervent home fans at the Astana Arena. It is also possible they were thrown by the knowledge that the home team had sacrificed a sheep in the stadium before a training session the previous day.

Understandably, news of the ritual slaughter piqued animal rights campaign group PETA, who weren’t sheepish (sorry) when they wrote a condemnatory letter to UEFA president Michel Platini. The Guardian reports:

In a letter to Platini, Peta points to Uefa’s claim to be “forward-looking” and Platini’s own words describing Uefa’s “duty to protect the game, the players and our values” and asks him to use his influence to stop any further slaughter in this season’s Champions League and Europa League.

“We are deeply disturbed that a sheep was stabbed to death in an attempt to bring good luck to the Kazakh team,” says Peta’s associate director Mimi Bekhechi. “We hope Mr Platini will agree that animal sacrifice has no place in modern society, and we hope Uefa will act swiftly and decisively to ensure that the beautiful game is not further stained with the blood of animals.”

Shakhter manager Viktor Kumykov is thought to have overseen the throat-slitting ritual, but refused to disclose any further information about it in his pre-match press conference.

Perhaps through fear of showing similar cultural insensitivity to his bumbling FIFA equivalent Sepp Blatter, Mr Platini has yet to respond to PETA’s protests.

Celtic, meanwhile, will be hoping to make their Kazakhstani visitors proverbial lambs to the slaughter when they visit Parkhead for the return leg next Wednesday.


Indisputable proof that Cristiano Ronaldo is returning to Manchester United (or not)

“I am going back to Manchester and this is completely an actual quote!” (Getty)

Though Manchester United fans’ crowdfunding campaign to boost the money essential to pay Cristiano Ronaldo’s ginormous switch charge and produce him again to his previous membership was shut down last month, the fervent desire to see him return has not dissipated. In consequence, rumors and scraps of out of context info are melded collectively and blindly repeated in the hopes that he will be willed back onto the staff.

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Here’s the latest proof that Cristiano Ronaldo is certainly returning to Man United, if solely in the minds of the forlorn journalists and supporters he left behind.

-Previous to Manchester United’s 2-0 win towards Wigan within the Group Protect, Antonio Valencia decided to relinquish the No. 7 shirt and go back to wearing No. 25. Obviously, he could have only done this because Ronaldo is rejoining the squad and his outdated number must be thoroughly cleaned and made prepared for him.

-On Monday, Paddy Crerand claimed on MUTV that Ronaldo was spotted in Manchester. This shortly spread to Twitter, where photos of him on the airport were used to verify the rumor. Footage like this one…


Nevermind the fact that this picture was taken 4 years in the past in Portugal as he made his option to Madrid. That’s not vital. All that matters is that prayers are being answered and Ronaldo is going to Manchester.

-After getting back from a lengthy preseason tour of the United States, Ronaldo and Actual Madrid teammates Pepe and Fabio Coentrao were granted permission to hitch the Portuguese national team a day late ahead of their friendly in opposition to the Netherlands on Wednesday. Fenerbahce’s Bruno Alves, who performed in the Turkish Tremendous Cup the day earlier than, was also given permission to reach a day late. This could solely imply that Man United are signing all four gamers with the assistance of the Portuguese soccer federation. This goes all the best way to the highest.

-FIFA organized this worldwide date simply earlier than the beginning of the season (and the top of the switch window) specifically to offer Ronaldo a chance to sneak off and finalize the deal. Few folks know this, however Ronaldo and FIFA president Sepp Blatter play on-line poker collectively each Thursday evening.

-In June, Ronaldo put his Madrid house up on the market. The customer? GARETH BALE.

-Sergio Ramos dyed his hair blond specifically to drive Cristiano Ronaldo out of the club. Ronaldo all the time stated that if Ramos did that or if Iker Casillas ever purchased a cat, he would leave.

-Manchester United supervisor David Moyes publicly went after Cesc Fabregas, a player he knew he couldn’t sign, as a diversion for the top secret Ronaldo negotiations. Meanwhile, the only factor retaining Real Madrid from giving Spurs €250 million for Bale is the truth that Moyes initially had hassle convincing Valencia to surrender his shirt quantity.

-Wayne Rooney wants to leave Man United as a result of he is aware of Ronaldo is coming again and he is jealous. A parody Twitter account claiming to be his son Kai stated so (parody means “tremendous actual”).

-In July, Jose Mourinho, who coached Ronaldo at Real Madrid said, ”I know Ronaldo loves Manchester United and I know he loves the Premier League…”* Like Ryan Gosling in The Notebook, Ronaldo will do anything for his love.

So there you may have it. You possibly can’t argue any of these facts as a result of they’re all true and/or completely made up. Just accept that Ronaldo is going again to Man United whether or not he is truly going to or not and every little thing will be nice.

*”…however I think he’s going to stay,” Mourinho concluded.


Sepp Blatter says protests could make blameless FIFA question Brazil as World Cup host


FIFA president Teflon Sepp Blatter has pointed a hypocritical finger squarely at the Brazilian government as he addressed the 2014 World Cup host nation’s civil unrest that his organization helped trigger. From the beginning of this summer’s Confederations Cup, outrage over the cost of two FIFA tournaments combined with mounting anger over government corruption led to massive protests throughout Brazil spanning the entirety of the competition. Though many of these protests took place in and around the stadiums FIFA occupied, Blatter is maintaing his usual complete lack of awareness on the matter.

From the AP:

“If this happens again, we have to question whether we made the wrong decision awarding the hosting rights,” Blatter told German press agency DPA on Wednesday.

FIFA spoke with the Brazilian government after the Confederations Cup, and Blatter said he’ll discuss the issue again with Brazil President Dilma Rousseff in September.

“We didn’t do a political debriefing, but we did emphasize the fact of this social unrest being there for the entire duration of the Confederations Cup,” he said. “The government is now aware that next year the World Cup shouldn’t be disturbed.”

Heaven forbid anything disrupt FIFA’s host-nation funded corporate cash-grab. I mean, we need to have priorities here. Forget the vital social and economic issues that affect an entire nation. FIFA’s traveling circus — incapable of any wrongdoing — comes first.

“It’s not we who have to learn lessons from the protests in Brazil – politics in Brazil have to do that,” said Blatter, adding that “FIFA cannot be held responsible” for social problems in the country.

Nevermind the fact that FIFA’s uncompromising demands for expensive stadium and infrastructure improvements have been a drain on national economies around the world, leaving white elephants in their wake. Or that their demands for a sanitized atmosphere have led to the destruction of poor neighborhoods and forceful eviction residents in both South Africa and Brazil.

Though governments should be able to refuse FIFA’s requirements, to say that “FIFA cannot be held responsible” for the situations they demand being carried out is, well, exactly what we’ve come to expect from an organization that has grown accustomed to doing whatever it pleases wherever it pleases.


Qatar reportedly spending $200 billion to build infrastructure necessary for 2022 World Cup

A large statue of the World Cup trophy in Doha, Qatar. (Getty)

While millions of Brazilians riot in the streets in part because their government decided to squander $14 million on the 2014 World Cup, Deloitte has put a price tag on what Qatar is doing to host the 2022 World Cup: $200 billion. But that’s only a drop (of oil) in the bucket as the world’s richest country builds an entire infrastructure capable of accommodating a major international event almost from scratch.

From the AP:

The report, released on Tuesday, said $140 billion of that will be for transportation infrastructure including a new airport, roads and a metro system to deal with the 400,000 fans expected for the month-long tournament.

Another $20 billion will go to tourism infrastructure as the Persian Gulf nation expects the number of tourists to reach 3.7 million annually by 2022.

The other $40 billion will probably be used to build stadiums, lure the players necessary to field a competitive team and build an animatronic statue of FIFA president Sepp Blatter made out of solid platinum that will be visible from space.


Sepp Blatter pledges $100M to Brazil

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — FIFA President Sepp Blatter responded Friday to criticism of the cost of staging the World Cup in Brazil by pledging to give at least $100 million from profits back to the country.

Soccer’s governing body gave South Africa $100 million to invest in development projects following the 2010 World Cup, but had not previously said it would establish a similar ”social fund” after the 2014 tournament to Brazil.

The Confederations Cup, a World Cup warmup event, has been marred by protesters denouncing billions of dollars spent to host the World Cup – money some say should be going toward improving public services.

”We have left a legacy (in South Africa), a special fund of $100 million, this fund is controlled by the Football (Association) of (South) Africa, the government of South Africa and FIFA,” Blatter said during a news conference. ”I am sure an amount like that, or even higher, will be possible to have here… The aim from FIFA is not to take profit out of the country, but to put into the country.”

Blatter said he can ”understand this social unrest” in Brazil while the tournament has been taking place.

The demonstrations took off earlier this month over a 10-cent hike in bus and subway fare in Sao Paulo and morphed into a mass, nationwide movement voicing public dissatisfaction with a range of issues such as government corruption, poor education, health care and spending on the World Cup.

The government is projecting that $13.3 billion will be spent on stadiums, airport renovations and other projects for the World Cup, with an estimated $3.5 billion on the 12 venues.

As violence escalated in the streets near to Confederations Cup matches, with protesters clashing with police, Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff said her government would start to invest in projects the public had been demanding.

”They have promised to change – this is not our problem, this is a political problem, but something will be changed,” Blatter said. ”Then the World Cup will have this platform when finally this can be delivered. It’s all a question of patience and a question of trust and confidence.”

Blatter also expressed ”trust and confidence” in how the authorities coped with ”some uncomfortable situations we have witnessed” during the Confederations Cup, declining to comment on the police firing tear gas and rubber bullets at some protesters.

Blatter, though, expects soccer to help unite the nation, and Brazil will lift the Confederations Cup on Sunday if it can beat reigning world and European champion Spain.

”Hope is one of the elements of football.. we play football nowadays in all perturbed countries in all the world,” Blatter said. ”And not only in the perturbed countries where there are many (security) situations, like in Syria or in Afghanistan where we play football, but also (where) there is some social unrest.

”Look at European countries, there is social unrest – there are demonstrations in Portugal, France, Italy, Spain, Turkey, Greece.”

The extent of the public anger was clear to Blatter at the opening match of the Confederations Cup between Brazil and Japan, with fans loudly jeered him and Rousseff.

Blatter said he did not know if the president would attend Sunday’s final at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, and the Brazilian government told The Associated Press: ”We do not have that information.”