As the midweek England fixture confirmed that replay technology could not have lifted England from their current levels of stagnation, the weekend faded out to the sound of Ian Holloway making an over familiar call. Angry at the perceived injustice that he felt his side suffered from, Holloway – an outsider for the England job once Capello stands down – suggested: “The
City’s Mancunian neighbours will be united in their discomfort at affairs around Old Trafford. Throwing away another two-goal lead – this time at home to West Brom – has led to wild speculation around key figures in the club, mostly Wayne Rooney. Some members of the press are claiming that a move to Real Madrid could come sooner rather than later, indicating that Rooney’s name could join the distinguished list consisting of the likes of Roy Keane, Ruud Van Nistelrooy, and David Beckham, who dared to detach themselves from Sir Alex Ferguson’s club-first bandwagon.
A short trip down the M62, the blue half of Liverpool were in raptures as Everton dispatched Roy Hodgson’s limp Liverpool side and placed even more pressure on his position the day after he said publicly that it would be “a sad day” were he to be released after being feted as ”one of England’s best managers” on his appointment at Anfield.
The moral fibre of FIFA’s World Cup selection committee has been examined by undercover reporters and exposed by the world’s press this weekend as it was alleged that two committee members have sold their votes for large sums of money. Executive committee member for Nigeria Amos Adamu, and president of the Oceania Football Confederation Reynald Temarii, reportedly asked for £500,000 and £1.5 million respectively in exchange for their votes in the 2018 World Cup bidding process. Although the FIFA representatives said that the money would be spent on football-related projects in their home country, it is strictly against FIFA’s voting rules for a committee member to accept any gifts on the promise of a vote. In an interesting spin off, a former member of the FIFA selection committee has suggested England’s chances of having a winning bid would be hampered because of their refusal to make such offers to committee members, saying: “England have got all the reasons why they should host, but they don’t strike the deals. It is sad but true.”
Sepp Blatter may not be interested in bringing technology into the game, but he may swoon at Japanese technology bringing the game to us, literally. World Cup 2022 could come closer to everyone thanks to Japan’s bid promise to beam live real-time hologram action onto 400 stadiums across the world. Fans will be able to sit in grounds and watch the action as it happens on the pitches in full size 3D if Japan’s bid is accepted. Powered by solar panels on stadium roovess, with the energy created by fans stamping and cheering during the game, Japan’s motive is to “unite the world in smiles.”