Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : May 15th 2014 Contents TURIN---UEFA wants players
who hurt an opponent to stay off
the field until the injured party is
ready to return.
Head of refereeing Pierluigi Collina
said yesterday it was not fair for
teams to gain a temporary one-player
advantage by injuring an opponent.
"This is something that has gone
on since (forever), I would say, but
it s unfair." Collina said at a season-
ending briefing. "Football gives the
advantage to the team of the player
who committed a foul and is cau-
The Italian official, who refereed
the 2002 World Cup final, insisted
"something has to be considered."
Laws of football can be changed
at annual meetings of the Interna-
tional Football Association Board,
which comprises FIFA delegates and
the four British football federations.
The panel has pledged to run more
trials and pilot projects to test ideas.
UEFA President Michel Platini
joined Collina to promote their five-
referee system of match officiating
used in UEFA competitions to rule
on goal-line decisions and penalty
box incidents. FIFA will use goal-
line cameras at the World Cup.
Platini said most of his 54 Euro-
pean member countries now use five
officials---placing an extra assistant
beside each goal---in top-tier leagues
or selected high-profile matches. "I
think it will work. 35 national asso-
ciations have said it does," Platini
Italy, Belgium and Turkey are
among the adopters. Collina said he
recently briefed analysts working for
British broadcasters about how five
officials worked together.
"They didn t understand why the
system is not used in England," Col-
lina said. Three goal-line decisions
were required from the Premier
League s camera technology systems
in 380 match this season, he said.
However, 4,093 corner kicks were
also awarded in which goal-line
technology could not assist the ref-
Collina cited an example from his
own refereeing days when he should
have disallowed a key goal by Chelsea
captain John Terry which helped
eliminate Barcelona from the Cham-
pions League in 2005. Having an
extra assistant watching the goal-
mouth would have told Collina that
Terry s teammate Ricardo Carvalho
illegally blocked Barcelona goalkeeper
Victor Valdes, the former referee said
after showing video of the incident.
Platini said he got "many propos-
als from outside of Europe to send
Pierluigi to explain" the five-referee
Still, he acknowledged it was
"becoming complicated" for some
federations to adopt the system
because of added costs training and
employing more referees. Some fed-
erations used five referees only for
cup finals and "key, sensitive games,"
the UEFA president said. Collina
added that an extra official freed the
assistant with the flag to focus on
"We should give them only this
task to control the offside and,
believe me, this is enough," he said.
Platini: 'No problem'
with club finance probes
UEFA President Michel Platini
says investigations into nine clubs
that breached Financial Fair Play
rules are going well.
A UEFA panel has been in pro-
longed talks to agree on penalties
for the nine for overspending on
transfer fees and wages since 2011.
"They discuss, everybody fights for
their thing but it s on a good way,"
Platini told reporters yesterday.
Platini launched the FFP program
in 2011 after suggesting it was cheat-
ing to chase success by spending
excessively, and clubs risked bank-
ruptcy. The rules requires clubs who
play in the Champions League and
Europa League to approach break-
even on their football business.
Asked if lengthy talks to resolve
Manchester City s case was a prob-
lem, Platini said: "It s a discussion,
it s a settlement."
Platini said he doesn t know when
sanctions will be resolved. UEFA has
not identified the nine, though Man
City and Paris Saint-Germain ---the
champions of England and France
---are reportedly the main cases. Both
face multi-million euro (dollar) fines
and squad limits for Champions
If settlements with the clubs can-
not be reached, a case is taken over
by a separate UEFA judging panel
which can impose tougher penalties.
Decisions can also be appealed by
rival clubs from the same national
league. "I am totally away from the
discussion," Platini said of the inde-
pendent panels work. "It s not a
matter for the president of UEFA."
Suarez focuses on W Cup
after Liverpool lost league
BARCELONA---Luis Suarez is
urging his Uruguayan teammates
to learn from the fallout of Liver-
pool s season with the World Cup
Suarez said yesterday that Liver-
pool s title run was wrecked because
it "lacked concentration" in a late
season 2-0 loss at home to Chelsea.
He wants to make sure that his
international colleagues don t get
caught looking too far ahead, when
Uruguay starts the World Cup on
June 14 against Costa Rica. It also
faces former champions England
and Italy in Group D.
Uruguay s greatest moment of
football glory came in 1950 when it
beat host Brazil 2-1 in the World
Cup final at Rio de Janeiro s Mara-
cana Stadium for its second world
title. Uruguay returned to the semi-
finals in 2010.
"My focus is on the World Cup
now," Suarez said. "Everyone
remembers the last World Cup we
won in Brazil. But that is the past.
I don t know if it was a miracle, in
football you never know what will
happen. "Our group is one of the
most difficult. We will go forward
thinking in each game as it comes."
Suarez was voted the player of the
year in England by the player s asso-
ciation. He scored a league-leading
31 goals for Liverpool, only for his
team to come up two points short
behind champion Manchester City
after its stumble against Chelsea.
"The negative point of the season
is that we had the league title so
close," said Suarez.
"When we started the season our
target was to finish in the top four.
We finished second in the Premier
and that is amazing for Liverpool
after not finishing in the top four in
(in recent seasons) and now we are
back in the Champions League.
Brazil expects 3.7 million
tourists during W Cup
SAO PAULO--- Brazil expects a
total of 3.7 million tourists in the
country during the World Cup,
including nearly two million com-
ing specifically to attend matches
The government expects the vis-
itors to provide an economic boost
of US$3 billion to the country during
the monthlong tournament. Foreign
tourists could reach 600,000, with
half of them arriving to watch
matches and attend the fanfests.
Foreigners are expected to be big-
ger spenders than Brazilian tourists,
spending on average US$2,500 each
while in the country.
The government says it wants to
use the World Cup to "win over"
these fans and keep them coming
to Brazil after the tournament ends.
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UEFA wants rule to punish
those who injure others
Liverpool's Luis Suarez celebrates his goal against Manchester United at an English Premier League soccer match in Manchester, England. A week after
collecting the Professional Footballers' Association trophy, the Uruguayan won the 2014 vote by the Football Writers' Association on May 5. AP PHOTO
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