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post #1 of 24 (permalink) Old May 30th, 2007, 22:02 Thread Starter
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The Altitude Crap that Blatter wants to sell !!!

South American nations look to medical evidence in bid to overturn FIFA high-altitude ban

By SHEILA NORMAN-CULP, Associated Press Writer
May 30, 2007

ZURICH, Switzerland (AP) -- South America's soccer confederation is turning to medical experts in its fight against FIFA's ban on playing international games at high altitude.

The decision -- which would ban games at more than 8,200 feet above sea level and exclude many stadiums in Bolivia as well as ones in Ecuador, Peru, Colombia, Chile and Mexico -- outraged fans, soccer officials and governments in Latin America.

Street protests were held across the Andes on Wednesday in reaction to the FIFA announcement on Sunday.

"We are very sad. Our country adores football," Francisco Acosta, general secretary of the Ecuador soccer federation, told The Associated Press at FIFA's 57th annual congress Wednesday in Zurich. "Don't worry, we are going all out to get this ruling overturned. We support the street protests."

Acosta said the 10-nation South American federation, had not yet met with FIFA president Sepp Blatter to discuss the issue.

Medical experts on high altitude will present their opinions to federation on June 14 in Asuncion, Paraguay. The next day, the presidents from all 10 South American soccer federations hope to draw up a unified proposal on high-altitude games for FIFA.

Five members are particularly upset at the ban: Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Bolivia and Chile. Acosta said Mexico was also "lending its support."

In the Bolivian capital of La Paz, Bolivian president Eva Morales said Wednesday that three other South American nations support overturning the FIFA ban: Venezuela, Uruguay and Argentina. But at the FIFA congress, Uruguay officials denied that was true and Argentine officials would not comment.

"This is not a political issue, it's a technical issue," said Eduardo Ache from Uruguay's delegation. "It's very clear that we will not abide by any political decision. And we don't accept pressure from people outside the family of football."

Only Venezuela confirmed it supported Bolivia.

"The Venezuelan Football Federation fully supports Bolivia," said Rafael Esquivel, the president of the Venezuelan association. "Venezuela always plays against Bolivia in La Paz. We have no problem with that."

FIFA took the decision Sunday after a review by its medical team, citing a concern for players' health and home-field advantage of high-altitude teams over visiting lowland rivals.

The ruling eliminates international games in La Paz and other major Bolivian cities as well as in the Colombian capital of Bogota, the Ecuadorean capital Quito and the Peruvian city of Cuzco.

Bolivia has held World Cup qualifiers in La Paz, about 11,800 feet high. Colombia's capital Bogota, 8,700 feet above sea level, would also be affected by the ban as well as Ecuador's capital Quito at 9,200 feet. Peru also has stadiums above 9,840 feet.

Most of Mexico City falls under the limit at 7,200 feet but Toluca -- Mexico's most successful club in recent years -- is above the limit.

Bolivian officials **** have accused South American rivals and soccer powerhouses Argentina and Brazil of being behind the move, but other Latin American soccer officials disagreed Wednesday.

"It was a decision taken by FIFA -- it's not fair to say that any one or two countries have forced that decision," Uruguay's Ache said.

AP Sports Writer Erica Bulman in Zurich contributed to this report.



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No one in Mexico cares ??? You guys are also affected by this BS big time !!!!!

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It probably won't work, I mean other nations can just complain of lower level countries as been to low.

Blatter just wants attention
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Blatter just wants attention
Nope...Blatter is getting is filthy hands, pockets and bank accounts GREASED by a couple of the BIG futbol powers !!!



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yeah I guess Brazil and Argentina are going to stop getting raped by Ecuador every time they go to Ecuador and play.
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yeah I guess Brazil and Argentina are going to stop getting raped by Ecuador every time they go to Ecuador and play.
And wait till they have to go play in Toluca (I've been there and I love it).

There they'd CROAK too !!! Poor fellows !!!! :dielaugh:

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p Bolivia's leader plays soccer match atop mountain to protest FIFA ban

By DADO GALDIERI, Associated Press Writer
June 12, 2007

SAJAMA, Bolivia (AP) -- Weaving around icy boulders and scrambling to avoid sliding down the snow-covered mountainside, President Evo Morales and his staff played a soccer match on Bolivia's highest peak Tuesday, gleefully thumbing their noses at FIFA's ban on high-altitude games.

"Wherever you can make love, you can play sports," said Morales, who was winded but smiling after scoring the winning goal against a team of local mountaineers.

The match on the uneven field 19,700 feet high in the Andes lasted only about 15 minutes, including the time spent recovering the ball after it skittered away down the slope.

Citing concerns for players' health and an unfair home advantage for highland teams, FIFA decided last month to prohibit international tournaments and World Cup qualifying matches above 8,200 feet. That rules out the capitals of Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador and the stadiums of leading teams in Peru, Chile and Mexico.

The decision was seen as such an insult in Bolivia, it has temporarily united the public often bitterly divided over Morales' populist reforms.

It's also given Morales a chance to rally Bolivia around his twin passions of soccer and South American unity while showing his knack for political stagecraft.

After attending a llama sacrifice for good luck, Morales and the other players flew by helicopter up to a rocky saddle below the peak of Sajama, a dormant Andean volcano that rises to 21,463 feet above sea level.

Experts in high-altitude medicine acknowledge that highland teams have a distinct edge over visitors, but dismissed any serious health risks.

Travelers often feel dizzy and exhausted on arrival in La Paz, the world's highest capital, and "the last thing you think of is, 'Let's go sprint for 90 minutes,"' said Dr. Robert Roach, head of the Altitude Research Center at the University of Colorado.

"You feel bad. But that's just because of the hard work, it's not because there's anything dangerous to it."



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South American soccer chiefs call on FIFA to suspend altitude ban

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June 15, 2007

ASUNCION (AFP) - The South American football confederation (CONMEBOL) confirmed Friday that they will be calling on FIFA to temporarily suspend their ban on high-altitude stadiums being used for international matches.

World football's governing body last month introduced the new ruling banning matches at more than 2,500m above sea level, citing its wish to better protect players' health.

The ruling has however stirred up a storm in Latin America.

"We will be asking FIFA to provisionally suspend the application of this measure until studies on the medical effects (of altitude) are concluded," Conmebol secretary general Eduardo Deluca said.

"Because up until two weeks ago we could not exceed 2,500 metres while now it's 2,800m, with the possibility to go until 3,000m which can modify all the data," added Deluca.

On Friday morning a member of the Conmebol's medical commission claimed that FIFA were ready to authorise international matches to be played at a maximum of 3,000m and not 2,500m as they originally ruled.

This would allow Bogota (2,640m) and Quito (2,800) to host qualifying matches for the 2010 World Cup, but not Bolivia capital La Paz (3,577m) and Cuzco (3,300).

According to Conmebol, FIFA's executive committee are due to meet again in Zurich on June 27 to discuss the affair.



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Bolivia's Morales says to tackle Blatter on altitude ban

LA PAZ, June 19 (Reuters) - Bolivia's soccer-loving president Evo Morales said on Tuesday he planned to meet FIFA chief Sepp Blatter to challenge him over a ban on playing international matches at high altitude.

Morales is leading opposition in Andean countries to a ruling by world soccer's governing body to stop games being played at stadiums that lie more than 2,500 metres above sea level on health grounds.

"I can't understand how an organization like FIFA, which has more members than the United Nations, can sideline those of us who live at high altitude," Morales told a local radio station.

"We've got arguments, not just medical, sporting and cultural, but also political to defend high-altitude play."

He said he expected to meet Blatter at FIFA's headquarters in Zurich on June 27.

Morales, who has made the altitude issue a political priority since FIFA voted for the ban last month, said the ruling amounted to discrimination against mountainous nations.

FIFA's ruling mainly affects Bolivia, who play in La Paz at 3,600 metres, and Ecuador, who play at 2,800 metres in Quito.

Bolivia's only viable alternative would be the lowland city of Santa Cruz while Ecuador would have to play in the tropical port of Guayaquil.



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FIFA eases altitude restriction

By SHEILA NORMAN-CULP, Associated Press Writer
June 27, 2007

ZURICH, Switzerland (AP) -- FIFA revised its ban on matches at high altitude, easing the restrictions to only apply to World Cup qualifiers above 9,840 feet rather than 8,200 feet.

The change, brought on by protests from South American countries, means international matches can still be played in the capitals of Colombia and Ecuador, but rules out Bolivia's capital, La Paz. While the initial decision applied to all international games, the new rule will be limited to World Cup qualifiers.

"This turned out to be a huge political discussion on a subject that was solely aimed at protecting players' health," FIFA president Sepp Blatter said Wednesday after a meeting of the executive committee of soccer's governing body. "We do not want to keep people from playing football at altitude ... (but) we do not want casualties on the field."

FIFA said last month that high-altitude games caused medical concerns for players and an unfair advantage for home teams used to playing in thin air. After the executive committee announced its initial decision May 27, the governing body of South American soccer complained.

The initial rule would have eliminated international games in Bogota, Colombia, (8,700 feet above sea level) and Quito, Ecuador (9,200 feet).

"Our medical committee has acknowledged there is a certain measure of flexibility in its recommendations," Blatter added.

Bolivian President Evo Morales, who has led the campaign to overturn the ban, was to meet Thursday with Blatter in Zurich. Morales says instituting altitude restrictions discriminates against players born in mountains, and he played a soccer game on Bolivia's highest peak in protest.

Blatter said a meeting has been arranged in October to discuss various problems affecting the health of players, including altitude and extreme temperatures.



C'mon Blatter .... time to return those brive$ you got for this mockery you made in the last month !!!!!!

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Get ready for the Eliminatories..La Paz WILL be a host city ... All the BS from Blatter...What frikken for ????

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FIFA chief Blatter says he will waive altitude ban for La Paz

July 6, 2007

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) -- FIFA is backing down from its ban on international soccer matches in Bolivia's capital of La Paz.

FIFA president Sepp Blatter said Friday he was responding to a request from Bolivian President Evo Morales, who led a campaign to overturn a ban announced in May on international soccer matches at altitudes of over 8,200 feet.

"I had a good visit with Evo Morales -- a good soccer player, I have to say -- and he asked me for an exception for La Paz, and I can make that exception," Blatter said in Guatemala City, where he is attending a session of the International Olympic Committee.

"Now it's up to the national teams," he added, indicating that other South American nations would have to approve the waiver for La Paz, which sits 11,800 feet above sea level.

FIFA's original announcement of the ban enraged Bolivia because it would have ruled out international competition in most of the nation's major stadiums, as well as in the capitals of Colombia and Ecuador.

After Andean nations complained, a 15-member medical panel of South American soccer officials convened and issued a finding that there were "no major problems" with playing at altitude. With Morales leading the campaign, including playing a brief match at 19,700 feet on Bolivia's highest peak, South American soccer officials formally asked FIFA to rescind the ban.

Last month, FIFA eased the restriction to World Cup qualifiers above 9,840 feet.

Blatter termed his new move "a political decision" and added, "I am going to get into a dispute with FIFA's medical service."





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Maradona slams altitude ban after playing in Bolivia

LA PAZ, March 17 (Reuters)

- Diego Maradona criticised a ban on international matches at high altitude on Monday after playing a charity game in Bolivia’s national stadium at 3,600 metres above sea level.

Bolivia president Evo Morales also took part in the match in front of a 30,000 crowd at the Hernando Siles stadium, which can no longer be used for World Cup qualifying games under FIFA rules.

“I, at the age of 47, and president Morales have shown FIFA that you can run on this pitch,” Maradona, captain of Argentina’s 1986 World Cup-winning team, told reporters.

“You have to play where you are born, not even God can prohibit this and certainly not (FIFA president Sepp) Blatter.”

Earlier, Maradona had described the ban as disgraceful.

“The measure is ridiculous because they want to make Bolivia go somewhere else. It’s disgraceful, it was approved by people who have never chased a football, it’s political,” he said.

“Are they trying to change geography?”

The Friends of Maradona team beat Morales’s side of Bolivian politicians and ex-players 7-4 in a game organised to raise money for victims of flooding in the Andean nation.

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FIFA on Friday ruled that international matches can only be played above 2,750 metres if visiting teams are given one week to acclimatise and above 3,000 metres if they are given two weeks.

As clubs are only obliged to release players for internationals five days in advance, the decision effectively rules out matches above these altitudes.

It means that Ecuador and Bolivia, who traditionally play home matches in Quito and La Paz respectively, would have to move to lower venues.

FIFA initially introduced the ban last May but then back-tracked, after which both Ecuador and Bolivia played 2010 World Cup qualifiers in Quito and La Paz.

However, the ban was reintroduced in December and upheld at a meeting in Zurich on Friday.

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Mexicans should WORRY and ACT accordingly ... MANY of their Stadiums SIT over and above the FIFA Rule ....

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Andean community joins fight against FIFA’s altitude ban



LIMA, March 18 (Reuters) -

The Andean community joined the fight on Tuesday to reverse FIFA’s ban on playing international matches at high altitude.

FIFA said last week that internationals can only be played above 2,750 metres if visiting teams are given one week to acclimatise and two weeks for matches above 3,000 metres, effectively ruling out games at these heights.

The stadium in Bolivia’s capital, La Paz, is perched some 3,600 metres above sea level.

“Ehlers expressed his support for Bolivia’s call, made to all of South America, to not recognise FIFA’s ruling and said he thinks the ban is heavy-handed,” said a spokesman for Freddy Ehlers, secretary general of the Andean Community, a trade bloc that counts Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador and Colombia as members.

On Monday, Bolivian President Evo Morales played a match in La Paz with Diego Maradona, captain of Argentina’s 1986 World Cup-winning team, to show it was possible to run and breathe at high altitude. Maradona described the ban as disgraceful.

Various other cities in Bolivia, and throughout Latin America, are affected by the FIFA ruling that was first introduced in May. Following protests, the ban was dropped but reintroduced in December and upheld at a meeting in Zurich on Friday.

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Another 1 BITES the Dust .... B U T .... FIFA Still cannot blame the HEIGHT for one single death ......


Croatian player dies after hitting head on wall in match.


ZAGREB, April 3 (Reuters)

- Zadar winger Hrvoje Custic died on Thursday after hitting his head on a concrete wall during a Croatian championship match last weekend, state news agency Hina reported.

Custic, 24, was going for the ball during Saturday’s 1-0 home win over Cibalia Vinkovci when he slid off the pitch and hit the wall which was two metres from the touchline.

He underwent immediate surgery but died five days later at a Zadar hospital.

“Custic died of a serious brain injury,” a doctor at the Zadar hospital told reporters.

Custic had briefly played for two other first division teams, Hajduk Split and FC Zagreb.




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Blatter calls it QUITS....again !!!!!!

FIFA shelves controversial altitude ban

SYDNEY (AFP)

- World governing body FIFA has shelved its controversial ban on international football matches played at high altitude, its president Sepp Blatter said Tuesday.

Blatter said FIFA's executive committee had decided provisionally to suspend the measure, which particularly incensed Bolivia, at a meeting ahead of this week's Congress here.

"Let us reopen the discussion," Blatter told a press conference here Tuesday.

The Confederation of South American Football has been demanding that FIFA push back the ban on playing matches above 2,500 metres (8,200 feet) until after the 2010 World Cup qualifying campaign.

Bolivia's football federation claimed it was discriminated against by the FIFA ban. The capital La Paz's Hernando Siles stadium is 3,577m above sea-level.

Ecuador was another affected South American nation with its capital, Quito, at 2,830m.

Furious Bolivian president Evo Morales had condemned Blatter as a 'dictator' and was planning on taking his battle to the United Nations.

Blatter has proposed replacing the altitude ban with a package of laws regulating "Football Under Extreme Conditions"—including heat, humidity and cold as well as pollution.

Blatter said FIFA's medical commission had recommended that regulating for a "package" of environmental factors would be better.

He said qualifiers for the 2010 World Cup can now go ahead at high-altitude venues while FIFA considers changes to laws for match conditions at international and domestic club level.

Blatter revealed that he had received a "harsh" letter last month from Morales but had then received a more cordial appeal from him for the sport's governing body to "advocate for the good of the game."

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Medel bicycle kick( CHILENA ~ ) sets up Chile win

LA PAZ, June 15 (Reuters)

- Defender Gary Medel scored twice, the first a stunning bicycle kick, to give Chile a 2-0 win in Bolivia in a World Cup qualifier on Sunday.

Medel opened the scoring on the half hour after Pedro Morales’s free kick crashed against the crossbar.

The rebound was headed back into the area by Jean Beausejour and Medel, with his back to goal, hooked the ball into the net with an overhead kick from the penalty spot.

After a sustained spell of Bolivia pressure early in the second half, Medel clinched the three points with an equally classy second goal, sweeping the ball home after collecting a corner on his chest.

The match was staged in La Paz, at 3,600 metres above sea level, after FIFA last month lifted a ban on international games being played at over 2,750 metres.

Both teams were hindered as much by a bumpy, badly-worn pitch as the altitude.

Chile coach Marcelo Bielsa’s gamble of fielding an inexperienced team paid off as his side moved on to seven points from five games in the 10-team South American group.

Bolivia stayed bottom with one point.

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Palmeiras...true representative of the most ANTI-HEIGHTS Nation in the Americas just showed the world that they can play and WIN in 4,000 + meters above Sea Level.

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Palmeiras...true representative of the most ANTI-HEIGHTS Nation in the Americas just showed the world that they can play and WIN in 4,000 + meters above Sea Level.

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Bullshiit.

Palmeiras won because the home team is utter crap and because Palmeiras' team went to Bolivia last week to adapt to the altitude (they had to play with their reserves on their weekend games), and STILL one of their players went sick and puked his guts out during the match. And now your latest pro-altitude argument is that it's OK because, despite being clearly harmful to athletes, it doesn't render the home team invincible?!? The shamelessness of pro-altitude advocates is astonishing. :thmbdown:

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