In a shock move today, Swiss Police have confirmed that they are planning to investigate the serious injuries that occurred at FIFA HQ when the whole of the disciplinary committee were hospitalised from moving too quickly having made considerable sanctions against Turkey following the “row” at the end of their World Cup Qualifying Play – Off match against Switzerland in November 2005.
The full list of punishments meted out today were:
Dealing with the players first, the bans for Alpay, Emre and Huggel are severe as they will deprive the Turks of their services for the next European Championship Qualifying Campaign. For Huggel, the sanction is more severe. He now misses the World Cup, unless by some fluke the Swiss make the Final. Ozdilek will no doubt make himself busy in the garden for the next 12 months before planning his return to management whilst Meyer will probably still accompany the Swiss squad in Germany although his Physio activities will be curtailed to off the pitch.
The six match ban for the National Team means that they will play all of the European Championship Qualifiers away from home, being no closer that 312 miles from the Turkish border and behind closed doors. The punishments certainly fit the crime and more, although the Swiss player, Grichting, who suffered a crude attempt at a vasectomy may take cold comfort from them.
All of which begs several questions:
- If FIFA, probably the most incompetent Governing body in Sport, can deal effectively with incidents in the tunnel, why can the FA not do so?
- If this is a benchmark for punishments, will they have the balls to deal with the racism that is rife in certain continental European countries rather than letting UEFA hand out paltry fines that barely dent the Programme Revenues for away fans.
Todays tune, the some what appropriately titled: Six Sharp Fists by Galliano and the Jazz Renegades