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Rule-making panel against video replays
BELFAST, Northern Ireland (AP):
FOOTBALL'S rule-making panel is against FIFA president Sepp Blatter's plan to begin testing video replays to help referees. Blatter has said he wants replays to be tested in a domestic league and at next year's Under-20 World Cup in New Zealand, giving coaches the right once or twice in each half to challenge a refereeing decision. But the International Football Association Board says it is "skeptical" about whether any form of video replays would work, questioning their success in other sports.
FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke adds, "We have to understand exactly what it means in regards to the change within the game and the support from the referees to do so."
German league chief tells Blatter to resign
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP):
GERMAN league chief Reinhard Rauball says he called FIFA president Sepp Blatter to ask him to resign over the awarding of the 2022 World Cup to Qatar.
"In contrast to others who just do it via the media, I personally called Mr Blatter some time ago and urged him to resign," Rauball told this week's Kicker magazine.
Rauball did not say what Blatter's response was. He has been a vocal critic of Blatter on the issue of Qatar.
"I was one of the first who massively criticised the choice of Qatar," Rauball said. "However, the executive committee's decision for Qatar did not come from Mr Blatter alone, but from the 22 eligible members."
Rauball said it would be a "Herculian effort" to find the right path of action because of the "many different interests" within FIFA and its 209 members, adding that smaller nations had a higher consideration of economic factors.