Saturday, June 02, 2007

"High" soccer? Never again

Some people booed the measure, some other cheered it. The thing is that FIFA decided that 2,500 meters above the sea level is the maximum height in which an official international soccer match can be played. This measure was taken after, in some match recently, players of a visitor team needed to be treated with oxygen because they couldn't handle to play in such great heights.

People against the measure say that it is a racist regulation, aimed to affect South American countries like Bolivia (whose main home advantage in La Paz used to be, precisely, height) and Colombia, both of which have their capital cities (and main stadiums) located in altitudes higher than the standard specified by FIFA.

Moreover, the Bolivian president, Evo Morales (picture), condemned the resolution himself. Other personalities have expressed their disagreement with such resolution, but Mr. Joseph Blatter, head of the FIFA, seems less than worried about it. Actually, he should feel very well supported after people like Pele, the legendary Brazilian soccer player, cheered the measure, arguing that it will end the unfair advantage of some teams playing at home.

The controversy is far to come to an end... will FIFA change its mind thanks to the power of people like Evo Morales? Stay tuned, and find out...


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