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FIFA Exec Arrests – the Start of Change for Football?

Six FIFA executives have been arrested in Zurich this morning by Swiss police pending extradition to America over alleged bribes worth over $100m over two decades. While Sepp Blatter was not one of those arrested, several high ranking official have been including CONCACAF President Jeffrey Webb and CONMEBOL President Eugenio Figueredo.

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Loans and Feeders

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It was published in the Telegraph today that FIFA are to ban “emergency” and “youth” loans as currently allowed by the Football League from the 2014-15 season as they contravene FIFA laws on transfer windows. It got me thinking about how this could impact us at Blues, and whether it was a good idea or not.

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Poppies

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So FIFA have apparently “backed down” and have decided that they will allow England to wear poppies embroidered on their black armbands during Saturday’s friendly with Spain. It’s a bit of a compromise, and from reading my Facebook feed it would appear that for some people it’s not enough of one either – but it does mean that the players will be able to wear their poppies with pride. I understand that this point of view may be controversial, but I am going to say here and now that I agreed with FIFA’s original point that the poppy shouldn’t be displayed on the team shirt during the game.

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Arteta

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After the home game for Everton against Wolves, the BBC interviewer mentioned to Mikel Arteta that Fabio Capello was in the stands, and that Arteta was being mentioned as someone who could possibly play for England – how did he feel about it. To be fair to Arteta, he gave a non-committal answer stating that […]

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