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FIFA bans Int'l matches at high altitude

May 27, 2007

FIFA ban international matches at high altitude :undecide:

ZURICH, May 27 (Reuters) - No international soccer matches will be allowed to take place above an altitude of 2,500 metres in future, FIFA president Sepp Blatter said on Sunday.

A number of countries, among them Bolivia, frequently stage home international games at high altitude but Blatter said FIFA was following advice from its medical committee.


'I know there will be complaints about this, especially from South America, but we have to think of the health of the players first. It also leads to a distortion of the competition if matches are played at such a level.

'The Executive Committee have listened to a proposal from the medical committee and have decided to act because to play at above that altitude is not healthy or fair.'

Bolivia traditionally play their home matches in La Paz, which, at more than 3,600 metres above sea level, is the highest capital city in the world.

Blatter was speaking at a news conference following the last executive committee meeting before the start of FIFA's 57th Congress this week and the inauguration of FIFA's new headquarters in Zurich.

He also said that the associations of Macedonia and Kazakhstan had been given a deadline of June 15 to resolve their internal problems or else face possible sanctions from world soccer's governing body.

He said FIFA would not relax its rules on shirt advertising for international teams and reported that of 23,000 doping tests carried out by FIFA in 2006, 91 had proved positive and of those just seven were for steroids.

'Most of the others were for marijuana or other things players use - they were not even performance-enhancing,' said Blatter, adding that FIFA would be using doping controls at all its major tournaments this year including the Under-17 and Under-20 World Cup matches in South Korea and Canada respectively.

He said he was delighted that 750,000 tickets had already been sold for the Under-20 World Cup in Canada from June 30.

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'I know there will be complaints about this, especially from South America, but we have to think of the health of the players first. It also leads to a distortion of the competition if matches are played at such a level.

'The Executive Committee have listened to a proposal from the medical committee and have decided to act because to play at above that altitude is not healthy or fair.'

What a crock of shit from this , Since when does he give a crap about the player's health ????

Why doesnt he stop the OVERBURDEN of games the players have ???

He's acting on other interests here, certainly for the benefit of Fifa's pockets not any one else...

He has opened a can of worms that he will not be able to close, ever !!!!

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The decision makes sense.
2 you it makes sense ?????. 2 more than half continent...and a few heads of State and Me it makes no sense at all (Granted Chile and The USA dont apply here)...All a crock of hysteria and BS:thmbdown:

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Fifa is definetely wrong and in my opinion they have opened a can of a million worms.....The altitude situation its a grain of sand in the Atacama desert...The extreme heat...the unbearable humidity...the cold shivering weather ....the moon phases....ALL will have to be looked at IF the altitude sticks....

Its no better playing in Barranquilla, Colombia in the middle of summer at 2PM with 98 degrees and 98 percent humidity, than plaing in Toluca in cool weather !!!!! even in the same summer .....

That I know... not one soul has collapsed and died in the Wuthering Heights of our Universe while playing....Too bad the same can be accounted for for the opposite...Players collapse and die all the time in heat plagued pitches !!!

So where does Fifa's non sense stop ?????

Are we goinn then to play in controlled temperature stadiums ???

This is a mans sport..It has been since day one..All of a sudden this is a Sissies Sport ??

CMon Fifa...Im originally from Chile where this topic doesnt affect me personally, I live in and root for the USA too and it also doesnt involve us here, but C'Mon...this is plain bullshit and Blatter is doing this PROBALY to please one or 2 Nations..(And I know of one, very powerfull one already)

Crap !!! and I stand AGAINST it !!!!

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Could someone tell him to take a deep breath? Otherwise he will suffer from the exact same thing that players who play at high altitude does
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I truly believe thats where this Blatter bastard (Being lectured by Havelange..of course) is headed to !!!!

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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.



**** Wow...why Do I have the same gut feeling ??????

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Did they do some research into the significance of the impact or was this just a knee-jerk ban?




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Did they do some research into the significance of the impact or was this just a knee-jerk ban?
The latter seems to be the answer to Blatters sudden move .... :thmbdown:

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looks like its over though
Venezueala and Paraguay approve the altura, so in the next CSF meeting they will Veto Fifa's ruling and thats that.
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I've grown tired of telling people that Fifas Blatter is nothing but a puppet created by Havelange...And stil manipulated by the brazilian....Joao may have retired, but from the shadows he does what he pleases and the Fifa goonies oblige !!!!!

With that in mind .... do we find their stupid move of a few days ago that far fetched ???

Heck no !!!!

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Blatter stresses football’s social responsibility – appeal to G-14 – successful Goal Programme

Zurich, 31 May 2007 - In his speech to the delegates of the 206 FIFA member associations in attendance, a number that was subsequently increased to 207 with the admission of Montenegro, FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter explained FIFA's new objectives and stated that social responsibility would take centre stage.

In his address, the President spoke about the challenges that lie ahead: "This Congress has to show us the path that our wonderful football movement and the FIFA family needs to follow. Away from the headlines about major tournaments and matches, football has so many hidden stories to tell about the game's power and aura". With that in mind, in autumn 2007 FIFA will present 26 short films and make them available, free of charge, to the world's media in order to take such aspects of its activities to a wider audience.

Blatter explained that FIFA's duty to take its social responsibility even more seriously was due to the popularity of football and the resources that are now available. "FIFA is now in a comfortable financial position and we have to use those resources. But that is not enough. Social responsibility begins with each and every one of us," said Blatter in an appeal for everyone to use their hearts and minds to help, in line with FIFA's new slogan of "For the Game. For the World." (see separate media release).
In that regard, AFC President Mohamed bin Hammam praised Blatter's work in the Goal Programme. "We thank you for your vision, which since 1999 has given FIFA's associations 96 headquarters, 171 technical centres and 45 artificial turf pitches," said Bin Hammam. That has led to enormous improvements."

Prior to Bin Hamman's address, the President had looked back upon various decisions that FIFA had taken in recent years to make football stronger, such as its efforts to promote women's football and to include players in the decision-making process by signing a memorandum of understanding with FIFPro, the international players' organisation. Blatter also described the decision passed by the FIFA Congress in Zurich in 2000 with regard to introducing a rotation system to take the FIFA World Cup™ to each confederation in turn as a "milestone". "That decision made it possible to give the 2010 World Cup to the African continent and to South Africa," said Blatter. "The World Cup will definitely be held there. Plan A is South Africa, and so is plan B, C and D." CAF President and FIFA

Vice-President Issa Hayatou (Cameroon) will be the chairman of the Organising Committee for the FIFA World Cup™.

Blatter also issued an appeal for the G-14 clubs to withdraw all of their claims and to incorporate themselves in the football pyramid through their confederation: "We believe in dialogue, not confrontation".

Blatter also touched upon FIFA's legal dispute with MasterCard regarding the awarding of partnership rights in the financial service category and pledged that, "Even though this pending dispute will cost FIFA considerable money, we will not restrict our financial support for which we will continue to use 70 per cent of our resources." At the same time however, he also urged the associations to not only take FIFA's money, but to also take an active role in promoting their own development.

The FIFA President said that football faced dangers in the shape of corruption, doping, cheating and racism, but he also took the opportunity to praise the four British associations for their decision not to tolerate the comments made by their Vice-President-elect, John McBeth, and to withdraw his nomination instead. At an extraordinary meeting on 30 May, the four British associations - England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland - had named The Football Association chairman, Geoff Thompson, as their new FIFA Vice-President. Thompson was therefore officially installed during today's congress proceedings.

In closing, Blatter reiterated FIFA's determination to safeguard the autonomy of football: "Sport has be able to manage itself. We need to have the strength and the courage to accept that responsibility and to settle our own affairs."

He also stressed that protecting the very nature of the game was just as important: "Football is a game of the people for the people, a game with mistakes and errors. Let us defend the human face of football!"

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A big **** you to Fifa for this one. Makes no sense at all and it is incredibly unfair.

Andean countries should just plain retire from FIFA if this happens IMO. About 50% of population of Perú, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador and Bolivia would be discriminated with this.

Or maybe they'll also forbid games in the South of Spain because of heat, in Russia because it's too cold, in London because it rains too much...
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A big **** you to Fifa for this one. Makes no sense at all and it is incredibly unfair.

Andean countries should just plain retire from FIFA if this happens IMO. About 50% of population of Perú, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador and Bolivia would be discriminated with this.

Or maybe they'll also forbid games in the South of Spain because of heat, in Russia because it's too cold, in London because it rains too much...
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That was another stupid FIFA decision...
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so no more Ecuador on WC

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so no more Ecuador on WC

Dont rule them out yet my friend .........Blatter and Fifa will have to fight this one till the end...


Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador and Colombia WILL fight the till there's no breath left !!!!!

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Well it does make sense, i know many are frustrated. But playing on such a high altitude is just unfair for the visiting team.
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