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September 29, 2002

UEFA coaches keen on goalline referees

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The News Review:

* FIFA plan will take players to the limit
* Chelsea up to third with derby draw
* Spurs reject Israeli plea
* UEFA coaches keen on goalline referees
* England to make history in Durban
* Lennon could consider comeback
* Douglas backs Vogts
* Ferguson’s new Captain Marvel
* Cole and Duff set for Rovers return
* RANIERI MAKES LAMPARD PLEA TO ERIKSSON
* UEFA Champions League – News & Features – News specific
* Coaches call for more time

FIFA plan will take players to the limit
Telegraph.co.uk – Sep 28, 2002
“We all want to protect the cream of our talent and, yes, if a limit is introduced it will probably mean that top players will not want to take part in international friendlies. But I wouldn’t mind if that happened because it would allow younger players their chance at that level. “I’m not surprised that Patrick Vieira said recently that he could hardly stand up any more. At the World Cup we saw just how much the modern game is taking out of top players. It was a good tournament for countries who weren’t expected to do well, like Turkey, South Korea and the United States. But in the top tournament in the world you want to see the best performers play at their best and that didn’t happen with the likes of Zidane, Raul or Figo. Closer to home, on average the PFA see 65 players a year quit the game because of injuries, mainly to knees and backs… Moreover, a dispensation would have to be made for the finals of the World Cup or European Championship because Sir Alex Ferguson or Arsene Wenger cannot be expected to keep their international players on the sidelines for six or seven club games on the off-chance that they might be asked to turn out for their country all the way to the final of a major international tournament. But if the finals are excluded from calculations of playing time, there is another anomaly, because qualifying games could not also be excepted, otherwise there would be one rule for club football and none at all for international football. On the other hand, imagine David Beckham playing four qualifying games for England, which would be deducted from his annual playing allowance at Manchester United, then being asked to turn out for his country on another half a dozen occasions during the Euro 2004 finals. It is a scenario almost perfect for litigation.

Chelsea up to third with derby draw
The Age – Sep 25, 2002
Arsene Wenger won 51 of his first 100 Arsenal games, while Alex Ferguson’s return with Manchester United was 48 wins from 100. That Chelsea went into the game boasting an impressive record in these derbies did little to deter Fulham. Not since September, 1960, had Chelsea lost a top-flight game at Fulham’s previous home, Craven Cottage, and arrived boasting an intimidating record of having lost only four times in 23 visits. Fulham, however, had won the opening four games at its temporary home of Loftus Road, and the early exchanges suggested it was not keen to blemish that record. Sylvain Legwinski tried one hopeful 35-metre lob, then Steve Marlet got behind teenager Robert Huth, deputising for the injured Marcel Desailly, but directed his header wide… He is reportedly being paid $9 million a year. Real is also likely to be without French international midfielders Zinedine Zidane and Claude Makelele because of minor knee injuries. Israel has begun moves to stage its Euro 2004 qualifying matches in London, at Tottenham’s White Hart Lane, because of the security situation in the Middle East. Joe Dagan, head of foreign relations at the Israel Football Association, made a formal request by fax to Spurs chairman Daniel Levy on Tuesday. He also held informal talks with the English Football Association’s executive director, David Davies. The Israelis still nurture hopes of staging the matches at home. But the European Football Union is understood to believe this is not possible because of the danger to teams playing in Israel.

Spurs reject Israeli plea
Telegraph.co.uk – Sep 24, 2002
“Although the north London club will not elaborate on their decision it has clearly being made on security grounds, although there must be doubts as to whether the police authorities or the Football Association would sanction such an arrangement. It is a blow for the Israelis, however, who could have expected great support at Tottenham. Their Euro 2004 qualifying group contains holders France, Slovenia, Cyprus, Malta and LuxembourgIsrael, who are due to open their campaign against Cyprus on Oct 16, reportedly expect to lose around £1million because of the home ban and must now explore other possibilities of staging their matches. Romania looks to be their favoured option although Ukraine and Bulgaria are other alternatives… “Although the north London club will not elaborate on their decision it has clearly being made on security grounds, although there must be doubts as to whether the police authorities or the Football Association would sanction such an arrangement. It is a blow for the Israelis, however, who could have expected great support at Tottenham. Their Euro 2004 qualifying group contains holders France, Slovenia, Cyprus, Malta and LuxembourgIsrael, who are due to open their campaign against Cyprus on Oct 16, reportedly expect to lose around £1million because of the home ban and must now explore other possibilities of staging their matches. Romania looks to be their favoured option although Ukraine and Bulgaria are other alternatives.

UEFA coaches keen on goalline referees
SI.com – Sep 25, 2002
European coaches are pushing for this innovation, involving
two extra referees to monitor the goallines, in a bid to improve
refereeing standards in soccer, a game which has become
increasingly fast-paced and physical. FIFA has come under pressure to improve the quality of
refereeing following a number of controversial decisions at this
year’s World Cup, and UEFA, which runs the European game, is
ready to try out new ideas. “There is much openness among the summit members to
experiment with refereeing,” Andy Roxburgh, UEFA’s technical
director and former Scotland coach, told reporters on Wednesday
at the end of a UEFA coaches summit meeting. The idea of goalline referees to help monitor incidents in
the penalty area has become a favored path towards reform,
overtaking instant television replays or a second on-pitch
referee, officials said… “The [goalline] linesmen would be on the opposite side of
the ball from the referee in the penalty box, and that’s where
all the drama happens,” he said. “I would actually quite like to
try that. ”

But not all coaches back changes to the present system of a
main referee on the pitch and two assistants running the line,
which would have to be changed by FIFA. “It’s easier the way it is now, when one on-the-pitch
referee is assisted by two linesmen from the same country,” said
Michael Skibbe, Germany’s assistant coach. Instant replay

Eriksson also said the time had come to turn to technology
to help referees, but the idea of allowing referees to view
instant replay on request was frowned upon by Pierluigi Collina,
widely regarded as the world’s best match official. “Technological back-up could be looked at, but the referees
themselves may not want it,” Roxburgh said. “Collina doesn’t
want it.

England to make history in Durban
Telegraph.co.uk – Sep 25, 2002
While the England squad would be home five or six days before the final it is likely that Sir Alex Ferguson, Arsene Wenger and Gerard Houllier would not be keen to release their players for a friendly as preparations for a possible European final are under way. The main problem for Eriksson is how to keep his players fresh for the Slovakia game. The Premiership season ends on May 11 – a month before the Euro 2004 tie. While a rest will enable aches and pains to heal, Eriksson will not want his players to lose their cutting edge for the European qualifier and another friendly at the end of May or beginning of June is likely to be arranged. Reading winger Darren Campbell is having a week’s trial at Manchester United after the youngster impressed in an Academy game against the Reds. Portsmouth chief executive Peter Storrie said stories linking them with Derby striker Fabrizio Ravanelli were “absolute nonsense”.

Lennon could consider comeback
BBC News – Sep 27, 2002
But the midfielder is presently concentrating on his club career with Scottish champions Celtic. Lennon reluctantly announced his retirement from international football after receiving the threat before his country’s friendly with Cyprus, for which he had been named captain. Northern Ireland manager Sammy McIlroy has left the door open for the 31-year-old should he have a change of heart… Lennon told a Celtic media conference that his life is now “more or less back to normal”. Asked if that meant he might consider playing for Northern Ireland again, he replied: “I might do. “But, at the minute, I have no thoughts. “I have my family to consider in all this and I can’t keep putting them through that.

Douglas backs Vogts
BBC News – Sep 25, 2002

He claimed that the players are the only ones to blame for their European Championship humiliation in the Faroe Islands. Roeder rounds on Vogts

The former Dundee keeper was part of the shamed side fortunate to start their Euro 2004 qualifying campaign with a draw last month. Vogts bore the brunt of the criticism, but Douglas believes that he is the best man available to take the country forward… “He has introduced the likes of Stephen Crainey and Maurice Ross and they are cracking young players who could have another 10 years in the Scotland team if they do well at club level. “That shows how young a squad it is. ”

The Celtic stopper claimed the picture is not as bad as is being painted and that Scotland can still qualify for Portugal 2004. But they must come away from Iceland on 12 October with at least a draw.

Ferguson’s new Captain Marvel
BBC News – Sep 24, 2002

England cricketer Graham Thorpe is set to change his mind and pull out of his country’s winter tour to Australia according to the Daily Mail. It is believed that the player feels that two months away from his children is still too hard following his recent divorce and that he informed selectors on Monday night of his decision. Official approach

Israeli football officials have claimed that they have begun to make enquiries about playing their Euro 2004 qualifying matches at Tottenham Hotspur’s ground in north London. With the security situation worsening in the Middle East, the country is looking for an alternative venue. The Israeli FA’s Joe Dagan is quoted in The Daily Telegraph as saying: “We want to know what expense would be involved, especially given the cost of flying a team to London. ”

Uefa denied any official approach by the Israelis but would not block the move if it was approved by the English FA, Tottenham and the police. The Olympic Games could be set for cutbacks claims The Independent… With the security situation worsening in the Middle East, the country is looking for an alternative venue. The Israeli FA’s Joe Dagan is quoted in The Daily Telegraph as saying: “We want to know what expense would be involved, especially given the cost of flying a team to London. ”

Uefa denied any official approach by the Israelis but would not block the move if it was approved by the English FA, Tottenham and the police. The Olympic Games could be set for cutbacks claims The Independent. Several sports leaders have claimed the event is now too big to be accomodated by the cities that host it. The International Olympic Committee’s Michael Payne said: “The IOC president is aiming for a reduction of the Games in scope and in size. ”

Finally, The Guardian notes that the Italian Cup from the 1943 football final will be auctioned at Christie’s in London on Tuesday.

Cole and Duff set for Rovers return
rte.ie – Sep 25, 2002
Although manager Graeme Souness will be delighted to welcome back the Republic of Ireland international and the former Manchester United striker to his squad, it leaves him with a dilemma as to whether or not he should change a winning team. Cole is expected to be fully recovered in time for next Monday’s game after resuming training although Duff may only be fit enough to come on as a substitute as he will only resume training tomorrow or Friday. Cole has missed two games for Rovers while Duff has been out of action since picking up an injury during the Republic of Ireland’s Euro 2004 qualifier against Russia. Meanwhile, Blackburn are currently in talks with Notts County about the prospect of taking on Irish keeper Saul Deeney, after the 19-year-old impressed during a recent trial. Filed by Amanda Fennelly… Although manager Graeme Souness will be delighted to welcome back the Republic of Ireland international and the former Manchester United striker to his squad, it leaves him with a dilemma as to whether or not he should change a winning team. Cole is expected to be fully recovered in time for next Monday’s game after resuming training although Duff may only be fit enough to come on as a substitute as he will only resume training tomorrow or Friday. Cole has missed two games for Rovers while Duff has been out of action since picking up an injury during the Republic of Ireland’s Euro 2004 qualifier against Russia. Meanwhile, Blackburn are currently in talks with Notts County about the prospect of taking on Irish keeper Saul Deeney, after the 19-year-old impressed during a recent trial. Filed by Amanda Fennelly.

RANIERI MAKES LAMPARD PLEA TO ERIKSSON
4TheGame – Sep 24, 2002
here NEWS STORY RANIERI MAKES LAMPARD PLEA TO ERIKSSON Tuesday 24 Sep 2002 Claudio Ranieri tonight told Sven-Goran Eriksson that Chelsea’s midfield dynamo Frank Lampard is the man to inspire England’s Euro 2004 qualifying campaign. Eriksson’s assistant Tord Grip watched from the Loftus Road stands as Lampard excelled and helped the Blues to a 0-0 draw against west London rivals Fulham, in Ranieri’s 100th game in charge. And the Italian manager believes 24-year-old Lampard should be in the England team when their qualifiers kick off with the double-header against Slovakia and Macedonia next month. Asked if Lampard should be central to the national team’s plans, Ranieri said: “Frank deserves it, in my opinion. “He’s a very good, fantastic player and very intelligent… ” Blues shot-stopper Carlo Cudicini ensured this derby tussle ended goalless. He made a fantastic save from Junichi Inamoto in the 43rd minute, clawing the ball away from the bottom right corner. Fulham boss Jean Tigana pledged he would not be distracted from his job by fresh revelations over Fulham’s future location. Chairman Mohamed Al Fayed today insisted his homeless club will never embark on a permanent groundshare – and revealed they have identified two sites for a new ground in west London. Tigana’s team are playing at QPR’s ground for two seasons, while a nine-strong group of local residents fight a two-pronged, #100,000-plus legal battle to prevent Craven Cottage’s proposed #70million revamp into a 28,000 all-seater stadium. Al Fayed said: “We’re looking at various ways of increasing the capacity (at Craven Cottage), but it would be prudent to make alternative plans should that not prove possible. “So we’re exploring the possibility of one or two other sites in west London as a fall-back position.

UEFA Champions League – News & Features – News specific
uefa.comUEFA.com – Sep 27, 2002
Torn tendonThe 23-year-old Dutch international is to have tests on Monday after tearing a tendon in his right ankle. He suffered the injury during PSV’s Champions League home defeat by Arsenal FC on Wednesday and was substituted at half-time. Could miss outIf Hofland’s injury proves serious, he would miss not only PSV’s forthcoming Champions League dates but also the Netherlands’ next EURO 2004™ qualifier away in Austria on 16 October. All rights reserved.

Coaches call for more time
uefa.comUEFA.com – Sep 25, 2002
Correct balance”We have to protect national teams,” Roxburgh added. “Some people think that we don’t need them. We now have to keep searching for the correct balance between the demands of club and national teams. They felt that a five-week gap would be an optimum solution, with three or four weeks a minimum, to enable players to recover and to reduce the cases of fatigue that were evident at the World Cup. Quality refereeingTurning to refereeing, a source of considerable controversy at the World Cup, the coaches urged the football authorities to give priority to quality over political concerns, and to pick the best match officials for major competitions… We now have to keep searching for the correct balance between the demands of club and national teams. They felt that a five-week gap would be an optimum solution, with three or four weeks a minimum, to enable players to recover and to reduce the cases of fatigue that were evident at the World Cup. Quality refereeingTurning to refereeing, a source of considerable controversy at the World Cup, the coaches urged the football authorities to give priority to quality over political concerns, and to pick the best match officials for major competitions. Italian referee Pierluigi Collina, who took charge of the World Cup final, joined the discussions in Warsaw and called on the coaches to remember that “just as players and coaches make mistakes, we must accept that referees can make mistakes as well”. No age limitThe idea was suggested by some coaches that there should be no age limit for top-level referees, and that physical fitness and football knowledge should be the main criteria for determining the length of a referee’s career.

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