Some accused the Swiss-based world governing body of football, FIFA, of bending its rules to suit the sport’s big guns like France because of the money and markets involved. France, a country of 65 million, won the world championship in 1998 and were runners-up in 2006. Ireland, population 4.4 million, chronically struggles even to qualify.
“They do video replays in rugby, American football, tennis, you name it – but not the biggest of them all, the World Cup. You tell me why,” said Robbie Nolan, a 40-year-old cabbie nursing a pint after work in a sports-themed Dublin pub bedecked in Irish football memorabilia. His cheeks still bore traces of the green, white and orange facepaint from the night before.
“I’ll tell you why,” he said, jabbing his finger at the Dublin Evening Herald’s front page picturing Henry beneath the headline: “YOU CHEAT.”
“Video replay wouldn’t allow FIFA to fix key matches, that’s why. They wanted France in the World Cup and they got their wish.
ps- Malaysia just lost 3-1 against Uzbekistan. I have no complaints and no comment for that matter. Why? Aren’t we all tired discussing about Malaysian football, it’s rubbish as it’s politic over there. You can’t win football if you have no money.