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Friday, January 01, 2010

If Nobes was in charge of FIFA...

Time for a New Year wish. As 2010 dawns and a whole new decade approaches, the lads consider the changes they would like to see made to the beautiful game in the future.

What would they do if they were in charge of FIFA to make the game better?

Nobes takes up the mantle first...

I suppose the most worrying thing is when considering all the changes I could make, is that it only drew to my attention just how annoying and ridiculous some of the rules in football are.

There are lots of little things I'd love to change. For instance, just what is the point of booking players for celebrating goals? Isn't that the whole point of the game?

Why then should they receive a caution if they are celebrating right in front of their own fans, or if they remove their shirt when scoring? There's no harm in it. That should be scrapped.

And whilst we're scrapping rules, how about that ridiculous law that states a linesman shouldn't put his flag up to indicate offside until the player actually touches a ball? It's nonsensical, and wastes far more time than any video technology to help sort out disputed decisions ever would.

However, the one thing I would like to change more than anything is introducing punishments for dishonesty. We should be able to use to video technology to retrospectively punish players who lie and cheat and seek to gain an advantage.

And I include everything in that - diving, feigning injury, trying to get a fellow professional sent off, or even appealing for decisions that are clearly not in their favour.

Extreme? Perhaps. But tough sanctions would sure as hell crack down on this culture of deceit currently rife in the game. More honesty would have to be my wish for the next decade. Well that, and banning Alex Ferguson from football.

Tomorrow, what would Turls do if he was in charge of FIFA?

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