FIFA to Iraq: Don’t Make Us Come Down There

“When it comes to pissing off FIFA, there’s no surer way to do it than to announce that there’s an outside influence on your country’s football association. FIFA may be behind on video replay, soaring transfer prices, and the expansion of the game into Africa, but they’re cutting edge when it comes to vigorously defending their statutes. Peru and Poland have previously run afoul of this particular rule, which basically states that the government can’t come in and run your football association; it has to be an independent organization.” (Avoiding the Drop)

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