FIFA Calls “Extraordinary Meeting” Prior To Draw

Although it remains a near impossibility that FIFA would order a replay of IRE-FRA, let the speculation begin…

Announced on today:

Due to recent events in the world of football, namely incidents at the play-offs for the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™, match control (refereeing) and irregularities in the football betting market, the FIFA President has called an extraordinary meeting of the Executive Committee.

The extraordinary meeting of the Executive Committee will take place in Cape Town on 2 December 2009, starting at 15.00.

Of course this “extraordinary meeting” could be nothing more than a dog-and-pony show to give the appearance that FIFA takes the Henry affair seriously and that soccer is on the proverbial “up-and-up.” Should no action of any kind result from Sepp Blatter’s pow-wow it will be hard to perceive it any differently.

ESPN Soccernet chimes in on the “crisis meeting” speculating about the use of an goal line assistants, condemnation of Henry’s helper and an explanation of seeding.

Any chance FIFA will stream that meeting live on its website?

6 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by kaya on 2009/11/23 at 3:20 PM

    What the hell extraordinary can you accomplish the day before the draw, anyway?


    • Posted by Mark T on 2009/11/23 at 3:27 PM


      Haven’t these folks ever heard of conference calls?


    • Posted by Berg on 2009/11/23 at 5:30 PM

      There will be a replay of FRA v IRE after the meeting in parking lot. It will be 3 a side and overturned trash cans will serve as goals, like in that scene from D2: The Mighty Ducks with Keenan Thompson.

      This must happen, or the words “extraordinary meeting” are rendered meaningless.


      • Since Blatter is Swiss, would he be the ref? Imagine Sir Alex’s fitness rant if that happened…

        The meeting won’t be meaningless if they start taking steps towards eradicating such behavior and missed calls through 4th official reviews of controversial goals (reviews can take no longer than 60 seconds or you destroy the free flowing nature of the game), and suspensions handed down after a post match review by the ref. Lock the zebras in their rooms to rewatch the game with all replay angles and allow them to hand out 1-5 match suspensions for diving and grand-mal cheating.


        • Posted by Mark T on 2009/11/24 at 8:01 AM

          I may need to write a column entitled “5 Great Ways to Settle IRE-FRA before the draw”.


  2. Posted by Timmy on 2009/11/24 at 7:12 AM

    It is my understanding that the FIFA committee was scheduled to meet on Dec 2 anyway. This meeting was scheduled to discuss and determine the “Pots” for the Dec 4 draw.


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