FIFA president Blatter says no to replays
Sepp Blatter remains adamant that replays will not be used to
review decisions as long as he is the president of FIFA.
There has been renewed pressure to use video technology after a
handball by Thierry Henry in the lead-up to the goal that allowed
France to reach the World Cup at the expense of Ireland last
“Referees shall remain human, and we will not have monitors to
stop the game to see if we are right or wrong,” Blatter said.
“Please don’t insist on this theme.”
FIFA has resisted the use of replays since Blatter said results
were inconclusive when tested at the Club World Cup two years
“There will be no more discussion (between fans) and then no
more hope and then no more life,” added Blatter. who plans to run
for re-election in 2011.
Low attendances have marked the first batch of games at the Club
World Cup, with Al Ahli’s early exit not helping.
“We dreamed of a better performance,” UAE soccer federation
president Mohammed Khaltan Al-Rumaithi said. “Al Ahli didn’t plan
very well for this tournament. We didn’t see very serious
Al-Rumaithi said the UAE was keen to bring the event back in the
future, with the event returning to Japan for two years after
another year in Abu Dhabi in 2010.