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Sepp Blatter hints at 2015 Fifa presidency run. President Sepp Blatter says he will reverse his decision to stand down and instead run for another term from 2015 if Fifa members ask him to. Blatter, who has worked for Fifa for 38 years, made his comments the day after speaking out against the International Olympic Committee's age limits for members. In the wake of evidence that members were bribed to award the 2002 Winter Olympics to Salt Lake City, the IOC brought in new rules that all members retire by 70. If, like Blatter, they were in post before the regulations changed, they can remain until 80. "We at Fifa concluded that imposing an age limit is an act of discrimination," Blatter told an IOC audience in Sochi. "What needs to be changed can be done in a democratic way." What a grade A cunt this guy is (and I am not talking about our very own United Reds version). One dodgy fucker feathering his own nest. How the fuck he can be in charge of the global game for so long as beyond me? Anybody on here think he is worthy of the position, moving on the global game we all love and is irreplaceable?
He's confirmed on his instagram, that he's joining Barcelona at the end of the season.
So, Anelka's been banned for five games and fined £80k for his quenelle gesture. I've absolutely no idea what to make of it. On the one hand, the FA want to appear to be looking proactive in their fight against racism, so doing nothing would look ridiculous. On the other, they've got a minimum five game ban for racism now, so that'd be the minimum if they did anything, which seems quite harsh. Meanwhile they've acknowledged that Anelka wasn't found to be anti semitic (much like Suarez isn't a racist), and that he didn't use the gesture to promote anti semitism (unlike Suarez). So they've said that he didn't mean to cause offence, but banned him for five games. My judgement leans towards it being quite harsh. Suarez and Terry both did mean to cause offence, and surely most of this goes down to intent and context. Anyway, there we go.
Fulham midfielder Ryan Tunnicliffe joins Wigan Athletic on loan. Wigan Athletic are delighted to confirm the loan signing of 21-year-old midfielder Ryan Tunnicliffe from Fulham for the remainder of the season. The former England Youth Team player, who was schooled at Manchester United for over 10 years, followed his former mentor Rene Meulensteen to Craven Cottage on the final day of the January transfer window. He impressed greatly in his two Premier League appearances for the Cottagers in their terrific 2-2 draw at Old Trafford and in the narrow defeat to Liverpool. The former Peterborough United and Barnsley loanee spent the first half of the 2013/14 season on loan at Ipswich Town from Old Trafford, making 29 appearances including one at the DW Stadium as Latics won 2-0 in September. Latics manager Uwe Rosler said: "Ryan is a very promising prospect player who has experience in the Championship, and after we lost Ben, I am delighted we have got someone who is so football-educated, having come through the ranks at Manchester United under Sir Alex Ferguson. "He is a different type of player from Ben but will definitely add a new dimension to us." During his time at Peterborough, Tunnicliffe made his first professional appearance as an 87th minute substitute against Crystal Palace in August 2011 and went on to 30 times in total. Tunnicliffe made his Manchester United debut as a late substitute in the League Cup against Newcastle United in September 2012, playing alongside Nick Powell. Read more at http://www.wiganlatics.co.uk/news/a...gan-athletic-1382536.aspx#ybcIbbCIjWErMStu.99
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