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July 6, 2003

Soccer, at all levels, has shot itself in the boot

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The News Review:

* South America will host 2014 World Cup
* Dispatch Online – Your premier Eastern Cape news site
* – Soccer – Americas: Paraguay, Peru win in warmup games -…
* Soccer, at all levels, has shot itself in the boot
* June: Rugby in brief
* UEFA Cup format on Nyon agenda
* Kenya to tour China
* – Soccer – Americas: Mexico players back underfire coach…
* Palios takes up new role with FA
* Sports Round-up | Sports Round-up | Other Sports | Sport | Telegraph

South America will host 2014 World Cup – Jul 3, 2003
Given the financial problems in that continent, it is likely that the tournament will be staged jointly by two countries, possibly Argentina and Brazil. The World Cup has not been staged on the continent since 1978, when Argentina were the hosts, and FIFA insisted that they had awarded it back to South America as part of their rotation policy. The world’s governing body are also to consider a proposal to increase the number of teams competing in the finals of the 2006 World Cup in Germany from 32 to 36 countries. “The naming of this confederation [South America] who have not organised a World Cup since 1978 [Argentina] and who have won this event nine times is logical,” said Sepp Blatter, the FIFA president. Brazil, five times winners, have staged the competition only once before, in 1950 when they lost, in the final, to Uruguay… The protocol, approved by FIFA’s executive committee, applies immediately to “all FIFA events”, which means tournaments such as the World Cup and Confederations Cup. FIFA have also confirmed that the controversial Club World Championship will take place again in 2005. The Football Association have banned Sky Sports from continuing with their goal-line technology experiment which was reported in The Daily Telegraph earlier this season. Sky Sports, always looking for ways to enhance their coverage, had used mini-cameras similar to the ones in cricket’s stump-vision which were placed about 12 inches behind the touchline alongside each goal. While not necessarily giving a definitive view of whether the ball has crossed the line, it showed goalmouth incidents from a different, closer angle. The cameras, which were not part of the field of play, were used in about half a dozen games with the permission of the match referees. No reason has been given for the FA’s stance.

Dispatch Online – Your premier Eastern Cape news site
Dispatch Online – Jul 1, 2003
The Uefa president told the Daily Telegraph newspaper, his organisation was “very worried” about the match in Istanbul on October 11. England’s Football Association had already been warned that they faced a ban from Euro 2004 if there was a repeat of the scenes which followed the game against Turkey at Sunderland in April. Uefa is also considering bringing disciplinary proceedings against the Turkish Football Association following crowd disturbances at the Group 7 qualifier against Macedonia in June. Turkish fans allegedly threw missiles onto the pitch and at Macedonian players in the game in which the Turks came back from a goal down to win 3-2. – Soccer – Americas: Paraguay, Peru win in warmup games -… – Jul 3, 2003
Villar also made key saves in the 69th minute on a free kick by Gilberto Murgas and in the 72nd minute on a header by Victor Velasquez. The game at San Francisco’s Candlestick Park was a tuneup for both teams. El Salvador is preparing for the upcoming CONCACAF Gold Cup, while Paraguay is getting ready for the beginning of qualifying for the 2006 World Cup. Peru holds out Guatemala 2-1 SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — First-half goals by Roberto Silva and Carlos Alberto Orejuela sparked the Peruvian national team to a 2-1 victory over Guatemala on Wednesday. Guatemala is preparing for the upcoming CONCACAF Gold Cup, while Peru is getting ready for the start of qualifying for the 2006 World Cup. Peru took just two shots in the first half and scored on both. Silva scored in the 15th minute from 15 yards out on an assist by Henri Quinteros… Two Argentina teams mixing current internationals withveterans of the 1978 World Cup like Mario Kempes, OsvaldoArdiles and Daniel Passarella will play each other, an ArgentineFootball Association (AFA) spokesman said on Thursday. Batistuta, who played in three World Cups between 1994 and2002 but failed to win the trophy, holds the Argentine recordsof 56 goals in 78 internationals and 10 at the World Cup. He retired from international football after last year’sWorld Cup in Asia in which favorites Argentina were eliminatedin the group stage after he scored his last goal in a 1-0 winover Nigeria. “Batistuta will be presented with a plaque in recognition ofhis great career in the national team,” AFA spokesman RaulSteimberg said. Batistuta, who is on holiday in Argentina, has spent thebetter part of his career in Italy with Fiorentina, AS Roma andInter Milan. The 34-year-old has been linked with a move to aclub in Qatar next season. Police foil attempted kidnapping of Argentine player BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) — River Plate striker DarioHusain was kidnapped but quickly rescued by police who arrestedsome of his captors, a police spokesman said.

Soccer, at all levels, has shot itself in the boot
The Age – Jul 5, 2003
Greiner said of the recent FIFA decision to strip Oceania of its direct entry to the 2006 World Cup: “You’d have to say it’s an act of bastardry of great proportions. I mean, I’ve seen a lot of political double-crosses. in my time – this is right at the top of the tree… South Australia-based Basil Scarsella, the president of Oceania, did not see the vote coming, nor was the Australian Sports Commission warned by its regular FIFA contact, Jerome Champagne, FIFA’s deputy general secretary. Soccer Australia’s acting president, Les Avory, was not surprised. “Anyone who knows anything about international football knows that what happened here is international confederation politics of the worst kind,” he said. “The IOC (International Olympic Committee) pale in comparison to FIFA.

June: Rugby in brief
BBC News – Jul 1, 2003
Harrison quit Canberra after failing to dislodge Vickerman and fellow Wallaby David Giffin, but Vickerman says his desire to live in Sydney is behind the move. The Brumbies, who saw the former South African under-21 cap as a long-term proposition, are “disappointed” with the 24-year-old’s decision. 28 June: Macqueen turns down Pacific role

Australia World Cup-winning coach Rod Macqueen has reportedly turned down the chance to coach a combined Pacific Islands team. According to the Sydney Morning Herald Macqueen, who led the Wallabies to success in 1999, knocked back
an offer to coach the team – made up of Tongan, Fijian and Samoan players – when it begins playing Tests next season. Jones’ service in demand

Smooth-passing Swansea scrum-half Rhodri Jones is a target for Bath and Llanelli, having failed to land a regional contract in west Glamorgan. Llanelli are seeking World Cup cover in the position, with Dwayne Peel and Mike Phillips both potential Wales candidates for the tournament. 27 June: Australian pay row goes to court

Australia’s players will take their governing body to the New South Wales Supreme Court court on 7 July over pay and conditions for the World Cup… “I have absolutely no interest in retiring,” he said. “I feel as fit as ever, I am highly motivated and I want the club to have
another successful season like the one just gone. ”

3 June: Rugby mourns Yarraton

Former Rugby Football Union president and England international Sir Peter Yarranton has died at the age of 78. Sir Peter, also an ex-chairman of the Sports Council, won five England caps at lock in 1954 and 1955 when he played with the likes of Eric Evans and Jeff Butterfield. He also captained the Barbarians as well as playing for London, Middlesex, Wasps, the Combined Services and the RAF. Hull, who has been coaching Bristol Under 21s for the past three years, played for Bristol from 1987 to 1999 and was capped four times by England at full-back.

UEFA Cup format on Nyon agenda – – Jul 6, 2003
Specific natureThe objective laid down in the resolution is to enshrine the legal recognition of the specific nature of sport in a future EU Treaty, and to protect the autonomy of European sport’s governing bodies, to enable them to do their job properly, free from unnecessary interference from political authorities at national and European level. Portugal workPreparations are continuing apace for next summer’s eagerly-awaited UEFA EURO 2004™ final round in Portugal, and the Executive Committee will hear a progress report on the work being done to stage one of the world’s major sporting events. TV rightsThe ongoing sale of UEFA Champions League TV and new media rights, and the admission of new members into UEFA’s Coaching Convention are also up for discussion during the Nyon meeting. Referee debateA joint meeting is also planned on Friday between the UEFA Executive Committee and the UEFA Referees’ Committee, in which the two bodies will discuss the maintenance and future development of refereeing standards in Europe. com will publish a report of this meeting on Friday 11 July.

Kenya to tour China
BBC News – Jul 6, 2003
Kenya Football Federation (KFF) officials have confirmed that the national team will play two international friendlies against China’s
national side in Beijing. “These two friendlies will go a long way in preparing Harambee
Stars for the preliminary round of the 2006 World Cup qualifier
against Tanzania later this year and January’s Africa Cup of Nations
finals in Tunisia,” a KFF official said. Kenya beat Cape Verde 1-0 on Saturday to top
Group Five and reached their first continental finals since 1992… Kenya Football Federation (KFF) officials have confirmed that the national team will play two international friendlies against China’s
national side in Beijing. “These two friendlies will go a long way in preparing Harambee
Stars for the preliminary round of the 2006 World Cup qualifier
against Tanzania later this year and January’s Africa Cup of Nations
finals in Tunisia,” a KFF official said. Kenya beat Cape Verde 1-0 on Saturday to top
Group Five and reached their first continental finals since 1992. – Soccer – Americas: Mexico players back underfire coach… – Jul 1, 2003
“If the team doesn’t play well, they have every right tocriticise us,” said defender Pavel Pardo. “All I can say is that we will always do our best, and thisis not Lavolpe’s team, it belongs to all of Mexico. “We’re here to support him, play the way he wants and we’regoing to win the Gold Cup and qualify [for the 2006 World Cup],”said second-choice goalkeeper Oswaldo Sanchez. Paraguay goalkeeper Chilavert joins Penarol MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay (Reuters) – Paraguay’s goalscoringgoalkeeper Jose Luis Chilavert, who has been out of action sincebeing sacked by French club Racing Strasbourg last September, isjoining Penarol, Uruguay’s most popular club. The 37-year-old, a free kick and penalty specialist who hasnotched more than 50 goals, promised on Monday to keep scoringand to help his new club win the title. “I’ve come here to be a champion, not to finish second,”Chilavert told a news conference, although he warned Penarolwould have to work hard to emerge from the shadows of Nacional. “You can’t buy success in a supermarket.

Palios takes up new role with FA – Jul 1, 2003
‘But we must always remember why we are here and consider ourresponsibilities to the entire game at all levels. It’s about getting thebalance right. ‘Palios, 50, takes over amid a climate of change at Soho Square with a remit toengineer greater harmony within the English game and to continue to improve theFA’s relationship with UEFA following the failed bid to land the 2006 World CupFinals. ‘I am in no doubt that there will be significant challenges ahead,’ hesaid. ‘We must, for example, ensure that relationships across the game improve. ‘There are now a large number of talented and experienced people working atall levels and across many bodies and organisations in the game and we mustharness this collective talent for the good of football. ‘Our much written-about financial position has been stabilised in recentweeks and we must now review and agree the FA’s priorities and determine thenecessary funding strategy to support them.

Sports Round-up | Sports Round-up | Other Sports | Sport | Telegraph – Jul 5, 2003
Speedway Ryan Sullivan, Peterborough’s world No 3, will compete in the opening World Championship Grand Prix in Katowice, Poland, on Saturday week despite suffering a broken collarbone in a Swedish League meeting on Tuesday. The Australian, who returned to Britain for specialist laser treatment yesterday, said: “I will be there, no matter what. “Jason Crump, the world No 2 has been fined £1,000 and banned for four matches after missing Belle Vue’s Knockout Cup match at Wolverhampton on Easter Monday. Three matches of the ban have been suspended for the rest of the season. Golf The next three events on the PGA 40+ Tour have been cancelled due to lack of interest. Only 40 had entered this week’s planned tournament at Royal Liverpool and low turnouts were also expected for those at Southport & Ainsdale and Formby. Organisers hope to stage the final two tournaments, at Hesketh in September and West Lancs in October.

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