Thursday, October 2, 2014

Just in case you needed another reason to hate FIFA...

A group of international women players have banded together to sue FIFA and the Canadian Soccer Association for planning to use skin-stealing, injury-inducing artificial turf at next year's World Cup. And in case you think this is some isolated case of stupid behavior toward female athletes by the sport's world governing body, NSC pal Grant Wahl reports to think again.

Remind me again why everyone just goes along with this scummy organization.







- Greg Seltzer

30 comments:

Christian Araos said...

What do you think about the Canadian media defending FIFA and the CSA?

Greg Seltzer said...

Pathetic.

dikranovich said...

listen ladies and germs, this is not much of a story. I mean, USA has to go down to sparissa every four years, and ironically, its the one time we play on grass that our star player picks up a knock, which has maybe been with him since.

I don't know, if im abby and someone says my wife looks like a hot brasilian, im maybe not going to get so bent out of shape about it. id not be surprised if blather is just having a little fun with the girls anyway. they play great soccer, and it was not all that long ago that womens soccer was banned in places like Germany and brasil, if im not mistaken.

I mean come on, the Olympics are represented equally by men and women, yet less than 25 percent women sit on the exec committee. womens soccer makes up, what? 10%, probably less.

this sounds like another non story, with an easy target

dikranovich said...

lets all please be honest and say that every guy who watches women's soccer wants to see the ladies in tighter outfits. that's just natural.

Greg Seltzer said...

You do not know what the word honest means. Do not try to pass off your sickness as also belonging to others. Have you ever once, ONCE, seen me sexualize the women players?

No. Because I have respect for those particular people and for women in general. I would tell you to grow the hell up, but we all know this is beyond you. If you really want to make a contribution here (or anywhere), try shutting yer yap.

FFS.

justinwkoehn said...

dik, If Canada won the right to host the Men's World Cup and it was on turf, there would be a huge uproar, but since it's just the women's world cup, then it is fine?

How else would you define a double standard? It takes a very low level of intelligence to understand that. It takes a sexist to ignore it.

dikranovich said...

FIFA has guidelines which explain what is acceptable for field turf. It is what it is. If FIFA did not have these guidelines than maybe there could be a beef.

I recon we are going to hear more about the field turf issue over the next four years, as Russia sit at a similar latitude to Canada, and they are the host of the next men's event

I think it was john Paul jones who said I don't believe in isms, I believe in me.

Revs Fan said...

dik - You annoy me. I read this site often because Greg puts great information up here. But then the site loses some of my interest because you post on it.

I don't know if Canada has equal right laws similar to the US.

Didn't Canada host the Men's U20's on Turf about 8 years ago? I believe that was a test for future tournaments. I don't believe the women should be playing on this surface if the men are required to do so also. Equal Rights.
Dik you need not respond.

Greg Seltzer said...

Oh well, sure... if FIFA has guidelines on it, then it definitely must be okay beyond question.

O_O

Lampard in the End Zone said...

So, Dik, your argument boils down to:

1. Women have made progress in the past, why do they need to make more?
2. Let them be seen first as sex symbols then good football players.
3. FIFA allows turf to be played on for official matches, so give them that--even though the men will never have to fight that battle.

Thankfully, Canada does have equal rights written into her laws and I have heard some legal analysis that this should be an open-and-close case.

Women should get the same treatment as men (and should have access to the same quality fields. We, especially as men, should look at them as footballers first and foremost, and not as potential SI Swimsuit or ESPN Body Issue pinups.

Greg, I would implore you to leave Dicky Kranovich's posts up. They help me to realize we have a long way to go to make our society a better place to live in.

brian said...

i think greg just posts as dik - why else would he continue to allow him to keep posting. i can say one thing, it is getting very old the bickering between the 2...

Greg Seltzer said...

1 - If you actually think I would come in here and say the things he says for any reason (let alone one as pathetic as the one implied by your suggestion), then why are you here at all?

2 - If you know how to block someone on here, feel free to educate me. As far as I know, it is not possible.

3 - If you actually categorize what I posted above to his comments (as well as similar things when the issue was Qatar slavery or he makes bigoted remarks) as a case of "bickering between the two" then I do not know what else to say to you. I confront this sort of crap in real life, and I am sure as hell not going to stop confronting it when so many people are watching.

Accusing me of being him is ludicrous and insulting to me on the highest order. My alternative is to close down NSC just because of one asshole ruining it for everyone. Every time. Would you prefer that?

If so, keep talking bullshit about how I am really dikranovich. The mere thought of anyone thinking such a thing makes me consider it. I do not need this blog. I do it for the readers.

Dany Tzvi said...

i follow the top 2 tiers of russian football regularly. every football pitch in russia is grass. all of them. this is a country that is much poorer than canada.

my first reaction to this story, honestly, was nbd. turf hurts. pain is part of life.

i still really could give a hoot about turf burns, but the thing that makes this unacceptable from FIFA is the double standard and the fact that turf drags down the quality of play.

not that our women play quality football, anyways, but it's really not fair to make the japanese play on a surface like that :p

until the americans abandon their unconsciously sexist coaching and teach our women some post 1980 tactics, i will cheer my guts out for japan! NiiiiPon! NiiiiPon!

and hopefully the tournament will be played on grass and hopefully sepp blatter will move to archangelsk and never come back and hopefully alex morgan will prove that she is better than sydney leroux!

downintexas said...

brian,

It's true Greg has nothing better to do than argue with himself. I mean all this work he does basically does itself.

brian said...

i mean it seems as if greg gets a kick out of the back and forth banter. If he was really bothered, wouldn't dik just be ignored?? whats the saying, stop feeding the trolls.. unless that troll is in fact, greg himself....

Greg Seltzer said...

Erm, most of the time I do ignore him. But when he makes comments like this or makes bigoted comments or some such offense, I feel it is my responsibility to shout that down in no uncertain terms.

And umm I have no idea where you think I get a kick out of it. It is tiring as hell. And boring. And disruptive.

brian said...

just delete all his posts as soon as he posts..problem solved :)

Lampard in the End Zone said...

Dikranovich is a misguided idiot who, seemingly, truly believes his drivel.

Brian, you are nothing but a troll. For the sake of the vast majority of NSC readers that love Greg's insight, please shut up.

brian said...

so old man lamps speaks for the vast majority of NSC... nice to know.

Greg Seltzer said...

Alright now, no need for everyone to get all froggy. He is quiet for now, let us all enjoy it.

dikranovich said...

See how easy it is?

dikranovich said...

Just imagine for a minute, you're tiny little Qatar and your suppose to sit back and just let the USA win the bid fair and square. I don't think so

In many ways, we Americans like rooting for the underdog and Qatar was the underdog of all underdogs. And let's be truthful, in this culture, not doing everything you can to make it happen is considered a sin.

Qatar walked right into our backyard and purchased the votes, and did it pretty cheaply.

Of course all Russia had to do was buy off officials at 2010 for Spain, in exchange for the Latin block. At least says some Sir something or other over in England.

dikranovich said...

for the record, until it is pulled down, maybe, ive never called anyone a troll. besides, an internet troll is not like the grumpy old troll who lives under the bridge. the internet troll is a person who drives traffic on a site, and that's what internet sites are all about, traffic, and insight.

ive won all the debates that matter, about things like pitch invasions, strauss article extrapolations, own goals by deuces, and offsides interpretations.

im wondering how people think other big cities in the desert were built. what, vegas was built by bugsy seagal snapping his fingers and presto, there is a pyramid in the Nevada desert.

greg could never be me because he has not the savvy.

Lampard in the End Zone said...

So Dicky Kranovich, in two posts, advocates bribery and slave labor while being delusional about trolling and his debate skills. Wow.

dikranovich said...

lampard, you have directed comments towards two contributors in this thread, calling both trolls. that probably speaks for itself.

it would be reasonable if you spoke up about your beliefs in what is wrong in the world. we could even break it down and just talk about Qatar.

I mean, lets be real, even if I put up twenty post on one thread, its not like sorting through 100 post to find info. everyone reads all the other sites out there, and you all know how hard it can be to sort through post, and everyone also very well knows that is never, well, very very rarely the case here.

everyone should be allowed to state their case, if they choose.

dikranovich said...

greg does not like anyone questioning his opinion. I mean, he does all of this for the readers. listen and learn!!! alright, alright...

Greg Seltzer said...

Yeah, I cannot stand anyone questioning my opinion... that's why I became a soccer writer and do this blog. "/

dikranovich said...

Nepalese minimum wage is roughly $94.00 a month US, and that is for a 48 hr work week. they don't have a 37.5 work week in Nepal like they do in Norway. I guess they don't sit on the same oil reserves either. anyway, you think that is rough, go see what an indian, from the sub continent earns a month.

electronic payments are a great idea, because that way the Nepalese govt can take the tax right out of the paychecks. I mean go figure. "they F$@k you at the drive through"

dikranovich said...

Just so there is no confusion, that $94.00 a month figure is for Nepalese working in Nepal. Qatar does not have a minimum wage

And the alright, alright, was more Mathew McConaughey, less Stephan Tobolowsky

dikranovich said...

people, when women are watching cr7, they are not just amazed or wowed by his ball skills. I mean, is this even a serious consideration for a discussion? what in the world is going on? I feel like im in some alternate reality with this stuff.