39th game - no room for complacency!
FIFA president Sepp Blatter has come to the possible rescue of English Premier League fans by saying he would not allow the circus proposed by Richard Scudamore with the pathetic 39th game.
The US Soccer Federation and the Asian Football Confederation have both already distanced themselves from the idea too.
Meanwhile, the Football Supporters Federation are planning to continue with their meetings to drive home the message that the 39th Game initiative is not welcome. They have released a statement confirming that the campaign meetings and rallies around England, starting with London on Monday night (18/2/08) will proceed.
The statement reads:
SUPPORTERS RESPOND TO BLATTER STATEMENT
The Football Supporters' Federation has vowed to step up its NO TO GAM£ 39 - A MATCH TOO FAR! Campaign following FIFA President Sepp Blatter's opposition to the Premier League's proposal.
In statement issued today (Fri 15/2/08) the FSF said:
Whilst Herr Blatter's statement is welcome, this doesn't mean the danger of the Premier League pressing ahead has passed. Supporters need to keep the pressure up. We confirm that we'll be proceeding with next week's campaign meetings around England.
FSF Chair Malcolm Clarke said, 'We might have gone one up ten minutes into the game, but there's still a long way to go. We'll be fighting right to the final whistle. We can't afford to be complacent or think this proposal is off the table'.
Details of the meetings: Click Here
The FSF petition (nearly 12 000 signatures): Click Here
Vital Football petition (5300 signatures) Click Here
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