Month: June 2010

FIFA and Technology

Football World Cup 2010 has seen many wrong decisions. Previous Football World Cups also had wrong decisions. FIFA had refused to use technology to correct referee’s mistakes and that has caused injustice to many players and teams. Goals are allowed or disallowed wrongly, red cards are shown when no foul is committed, penalty kick is awarded when a player falls without anyone touching him.

Sepp Blatter continues to oppose use of technology. After England’s second goal against Germany was disallowed and Germany defeated England 4-1 David Cameron called for use of technology in football. Cricket, hockey and tennis use TV replays or beeper.

Many times players cheat. They fall without being pushed. Some pretend they are hurt. When a player falls in a goal area of opposite team penalty kick is awarded and sometimes that decides the match and winner of the World Cup.

Referee may miss something. There are linesmen to assist him. It is unlikely that all of them miss something. However wrong decisions affect teams.

Technology must be used so that there is appeal against wrong decisions and they are reversed. Players who cheat are punished. Teams do not lose the match due to referee’s wrong decision.

Fuel Price Hike

On 25/6/2010 the government of India increased prices of petrol by Rs.3.50, diesel by Rs.2/- kerosene by Rs.3/- per litre and LPG by Rs.35/-per cylinder. Petrol and diesel prices were decontrolled.

The increase has come at a time when food price inflation is about 18%.

The increase was avoidable. For the week ended 18/6/2010 foreign exchange reserves increased by $3 billion. If the government had not increased foreign exchange reserves the dollar value would have gone down making oil import cost less and there would have been no need for price increase.

Now also the price increase can be reversed if the government sells $3 billion. That will increase the value of rupee against dollar. Whenever the price of oil goes up government can sell dollars and rupee appreciates and there is no need of price rice. India has enough foreign exchange reserves.

Oil is a finite commodity. We have to use solar and wind power. Oil prices are likely to go up and any accident like that of BP oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico will have far reaching consequences.

The government does not have to run oil marketing companies. Some years ago there was an attempt to privatise them. Vested interests opposed that.

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France out of Football World Cup 2010

France did not deserve to be in Football World Cup 2010. They qualified due to hand goal by Henry Thierry and Ireland was cheated its rightful place. FIFA does not use TV footage and correct wrong decisions by referees. Ireland had to pay for referee’s mistake.

France made news during World Cup for all the wrong reasons. One player, Nicolas Anelka, had to be sent back for indiscipline. Players refused to train. Director resigned. French coach Raymond Domenech refused to shake hands with South Africa’s coach Carlos Albert Parreira. France drew 0-0 with Uruguay, lost 0-2 to Mexico and 1-2 to South Africa.

There is talk of groupism in French team with players of West African origin, North African origin and local French players forming groups.

After the loss to South Africa French players flew back in standard (economy) class. There is a report that French President Nicolas Sarkozy will hold a cabinet meeting to discuss about the football team.
France had won Football World Cup 1998. They were out in the first round of Football World Cup 2002. France was runner up in Football World Cup 2006. Once again they are out in the first round.

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