Wednesday, August 06, 2008

Messi not going to Olympics

Messi would not be playing in the Olympics starting in 3days.

The ruling comes from the Court of Arbitration which represents the European clubs against FIFA's appeal to European clubs to release players under 23 for the Olympic Games.

This decision has left FIFA "disappointed" but would respect the ruling.The decision comes majorly in favour of Barcelona,Werder Bremen and Schalke 04 which had Messi,Diego and Rafinha as their squad members up for the Olympics.

The reason stated for the court's ruling is that the Olympics don't feature on FIFA's calendar.

FIFA President,Sepp Blatter had this to say following the judgement,
"FIFA is surprised and disappointed by this decision, but we respect it,"

"Nevertheless, I appeal to the clubs: 'Let your players take part in the Olympic Games! It would be an act of solidarity in perfect harmony with the Olympic spirit. It would be wonderful for the players, for the fans and for the game itself'."

Bundesliga season begins before the conclusion of Olympics and Schalke will also be playing a Champions League qualifier.
Barcelona also have a Champions League qualifier scheduled before the Olympic Games draw to a close.

The situation for the future would be review after these games so that the same embarrassing situation for FIFA can be avoided during the Olympics Games in 2012 in London.

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