Fifa votes to cut leagues by two
Sepp Blatter, the president of Fifa, yesterday set the Football Association About Prada Products and the Premier Agatha Ruiz Dela Prada League on collision course when he called for the top division to be cut by two clubs by the 2007-08 season. Fifa’s congress yesterday voted for all top Best Prada Outlet In Florence leagues to be reduced to 18 to allow more time for international football, with Blatter naively asserting that English clubs will “be happy” with the changes.
The motion was passed by 194 votes to five, and the FA, which did not openly challenge the motion from the congress floor, is now obliged to lobby the Premier League to make the changes for the season after next, a move that will be greeted with hostility in Gloucester Place. “There is only one group of people who can dictate the composition of the Premier League, [namely] the Authentic Prada Americas Cup Sneakers club chairmen, and there is no appetite for changing the make-up of the league,” said a Premier League spokesman.
Privately the proposal is dismissed as a land-grab by Fifa Agatha Ruiz Dela Prada for the best players, and the chances of the change being imposed so quickly are slim in the extreme. Having recently secured a £1.7bn live TV deal based on a 20-team fixture list the clubs have no intention of fundamentally changing their structure.
Football’s dope demand
Fifa has won its long-running battle with the World Anti-Doping Agency, securing a radically watered-down drugs code for football that leaves it lagging behind other Olympic sports in penalising drugs cheats. Fifa’s congress yesterday finally adopted Wada guidelines but only after securing crucial provisions.
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Kaiser warns off Blatter
Tensions between Sepp Blatter and Franz Beckenbauer, the president of the German organising committee, have resulted in the abandonment of plans for both to speak at About Prada Products today’s opening ceremony. Blatter had planned to address spectators and TV viewers for eight minutes but that was reduced following protests from inside the Beckenbauer camp. Now neither will Authentic Prada Bags For Cheap speak, with Blatter apparently convinced after being warned that he might be booed. Predictably enough Pele will appear, alongside the German supermodel Claudia Authentic Prada Outlet Uk Schiffer.
Delegates dumbing down
Fifa delegates in Munich demonstrated a basic lack of knowledge about the World Cup yesterday. In a test of an electronic voting system they were asked to identify the city staging the first game of the tournament. Given that most of them will be going to the match it was worrying to find some of them failing to identify Munich. They pressed the right buttons when the congress proper began, however. In a series of votes on changes to Fifa’s statutes the president Sepp Blatter enjoyed support ranging between 97% and 100%.
Sun shines on England
One of the world’s best known sportsmen will be in Frankfurt to cheer on England this weekend but few of his fellow supporters will recognise him. Steve Nash, a point guard with the Pheonix Suns, was recently voted the most valuable player in the NBA for the second successive season, one of only nine players to be so. The Suns were eliminated from the NBA play-offs last week, allowing Nash, whose father was born in London replica prada bags, to attend England’s opening match this weekend. Raised in Canada, Nash is a friend of Owen Hargreaves. The game will be something of a family affair for Nash; his wife is from Paraguay.