FIFA Are Killing Football – Furious Ireland Coach Giovanni Trapattoni

giovannitrapattoni Ireland coach Giovanni Trapattoni and goalkeeper Shay Given talked about FIFA’s decision to introduce a seeded World Cup play-off draw, and neither are happy.

Ireland coach Giovanni Trapattoni has blasted FIFA’s decision to seed the World Cup playoffs, describing it as “killing football”, while goalkeeper Shay Given has called the move “disgusting”.

On Saturday night Italy will face the Republic of Ireland in Dublin for a decisive World Cup qualifying match. The Azzurri could seal qualification with a draw, while for Ireland the most likely outcome is a second-place finish in the group.

This would force them to enter the play-offs, which could turn out to be dangerous for Trapattoni’s team, as FIFA president Joseph Blatter has recently announced that the play-offs will be seeded according to the various teams’ current FIFA rankings.

This new system would prevent big teams like Germany, France, and Russia meeting each other, while a team like Ireland would almost certainly meet a prestigious national side.

“This solution is a bit like killing football,” said Trapattoni . “A few years ago the big European clubs thought about creating a ‘SuperLeague’, but they abandoned the idea because they saw the risks of this. This is a similar solution.

“Every national team has the same rights, and making a seeded draw goes against this principle. But of course, the business of the big teams controls everything.”

Meanwhile, goalkeeper Shay Given said, “It’s incredible that FIFA has taken a decision like this precisely when the bigger teams are struggling to qualify. It’s actually disgusting.”

Ireland have a five-point lead over third-placed Bulgaria in Group 8, but they’re four points behind leaders Italy, making a first-place finish unlikely with just two games to go.

Goal

~ by footballdirecta on October 8, 2009.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

 
%d bloggers like this: