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All Things Footie | Sunday, October 6 | Jordan

Lies, Damn Lies and...

Today I've been delving into some statistics. I read a particularly interesting artice about a rather topical MORI poll regarding racial attitudes and elitism in English football (State of the Nation - a survey of English football). As it happened I failed to find the actual report on the MORI website or the FA site and I refuse to simply re-write either of Colin Malam's very interesting articles…

1. Elite clubs ‘taking too much money’
2. Racial abuse is still deterring black fans from going to games.

My trips to MORI and the FA were not entirely in vain though, I did uncover some interesting information along the way. Firstly I breathed a sigh of relief to find out that there will be no changes to the current disciplinary system in English football. As I'm sure you've heard, FIFA have issued a circular to all football associations demanding an obligatory suspension after a dismissal. In other words no time to appeal (currently a player has 14 days to appeal to the FA) and no opportunity for referees to look at their decisions again — except in cases of mistaken identity. The FIFA cirular says…

“The disciplinary bodies of the relevant competitions may not breach this binding instruction by passing exceptional rules.”

I guess the FA are not passing an excpetional rule by sticking to the current one. Bring down the system Crozier! Rebel!

On MORI I found a poll from 1998 where telephone interviews with people who ‘had the potential to provide an authoritative and informed opinion on likely developments in European club football’ found that,

“by the year 2002, a European Super League (ESL) will have been established.”

There's a reason I highlighted the word potential. Expect a full rundown of the weekend's fixtures and team of the week after United play Everton tonight.

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