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Author Archives: Noel S. Williams

Bumbling IFAB Gets In The Way Of Eliminating Triple Punishment Rule In Soccer

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Soccer is truly the world’s game. Yet, the rules for all organized soccer are set by an anachronistic body made up of 8 members. Have you seen a picture of them? They look more like the Royal and Ancient organization … Continue reading

Move Over Cricket, Here’s to Bad Sportsmanship in Soccer

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John Terry comes roaring in from the pavilion end and bowls a full-toss at the batsman’s head.  Wow, that was a bit mischievous, someone tell him the wicket is on the ground. Deep into the heart of the Barclays Premier … Continue reading

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It’s Time to Give Racial Witch-Hunts the Red Card in English Football

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Mark Clattenburg will referee Chelsea against Swansea this Sunday. Despite Clattenburg’s magnanimous efforts to put the recent racial accusations against him to bed, we can learn some lessons, lest another hapless victim falls foul to indiscriminate accusations of racism. Liverpool’s … Continue reading

It’s Time to Abolish Mandatory Handshakes at Soccer Matches

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Mandatory player handshakes at soccer games should be abolished. Voluntary player handshakes should be encouraged. It’s nice that soccer stadia are more family oriented. As a youngster I braved the terraces to watch Crystal Palace play Millwall at Selhurst Park, … Continue reading

How to Solve the Issue of Too Many London Teams in the Premier League

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I’ve spent too much of my 25 years in the States trying to convince Americans that there’s more to England than the great city of London. However, it’s quite likely there’ll be 6 London-based teams in the EPL next season. … Continue reading

Escaping the Boredom of Cricket to Immerse Myself in the Premier League

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Salvation is here! The English football season is back. I’ve been trying to fill the summer void by taking to cricket but it’s been challenging. In the text commentary for the previous Test match against India, for example, several cricket … Continue reading

Reasons for England Football Fans to be Cheerful

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Supposedly, the Three Lions on England football shirts represent pride, passion and courage. Clearly, it’s time for a kit redesign. Even as England’s footballing lions shriveled into meek kittens in the World Cup cauldron it may be finally sinking in … Continue reading

2010 World Cup Fever: A Warning to Businesses Everywhere

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The World Cup has stopped wars, launched dictators and broken hearts. The month-long quadrennial soccer extravaganza can also reduce a nation’s GDP: neither over-zealous victory parties nor wallowing in defeatism do much for worker productivity. World Cup 2010 begins in … Continue reading

World Cup 2010: Roy Hodgson Gives England A Timely Lesson

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Just in time for the World Cup, Fulham manager Roy Hodgson showed England how to lose with dignity. That’s important because with history as the guide England will flatter to deceive in making the knockout stages, only to be humiliated … Continue reading

Why Premier League TV Commentators Should Be Licensed

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At the end of a productive week you shuffle off to your living room for some deserved rest. You plonk yourself down on the comfy couch, arrange a smorgasbord of snacks on the table and tune in to the game … Continue reading