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It is not going to happen. A group with 5 teams would be unfair to the others and would demand 4 extra matches, besides all the schedule and ticket selling would have to be reviewed. It is a lot more complicated than just adding a team.

4 extra chances to make more money.

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4 extra chances to make more money.

If they worked on that basis there would already be 5,6,7... teams in each group.

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Besides that: If FIFA allowed Ireland as 33rd team at the World Cup, that would open the door for other national teams who had misfortune in their qualifiers or even in their World Cup matches themselves. They would claim the same rights for themselves as Ireland got them.

It was a tragic mistake by the referee and an un-sportsmanlike behaviour by Thierry Henry -- but we can't change it.

It's not that it's the first controversial decision in football which should have been overturned actually. Just remember the penalty for Italy in its round of 16 match against Australia in the 2006 World Cup.

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I reckon we should get Terry Butcher and Maradona out of retirement and have them fight like Gladiators to the death. That'll prove who actually won the match in '86. ;)

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I reckon we should get Terry Butcher and Maradona out of retirement and have them fight like Gladiators to the death. That'll prove who actually won the match in '86. ;)

a nice thought!!

:lol: :lol: :lol:

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BTW:

Hailed by Maradona as his successor,

Lionel Messi won the Golden Ball, awarded to the European Footballer of the Year, with the biggest margin ever on Tuesday following an exceptional season with Barcelona.

Messi became the sixth Barcelona player to take the award and the first since Brazilian Ronaldinho in 2005. He sent last year's winner Cristiano Ronaldo into second place while Barcelona midfielder Xavi Hernandez finished third in the poll results released by France Football.

http://www.cbc.ca/sports/soccer/story/2009...olden-ball.html

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Republic of Ireland will not be involved in 2010 World Cup, Fifa confirms

Fifa has dashed any lingering hopes that the Republic of Ireland could play in next year's World Cup finals, stating that it would be impossible to add a 33rd team to the tournament. Fifa's general secretary, Jérôme Valcke, told a news conference three days before the draw for the finals in South Africa that Ireland should not entertain hopes of being given an extra place because of France's controversial handball goal against them.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/football/2009/de...-world-cup-fifa

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Egypt punished over Algerian World Cup qualifier violence

(AFP)

PARIS — African champions Egypt will have to play their first two home 2014 World Cup qualifiers at least 100 kilometres from Cairo, FIFA's disciplinary committee ruled on Tuesday.

They imposed the punishment along with a fine of 100,000 Swiss francs (71,000 euros) for the violence before Egypt's World Cup qualifier with Algeria in Cairo last November which saw three Algerian players and the team's goalkeeping coach sustain injuries when their bus was attacked by Egyptian fans.

"The Disciplinary Commission decided to impose a ban on the Egyptian Football Federation to host their first two 2014 World Cup qualifying matches at least a 100 kilometres from Cairo," read the FIFA statement.

"The Egyptian Federation did not take all the necessary security measures to assure the safety of the Algerian delegation inside and outside the stadium."

Egypt won the match, leading to a tie in their group and a play-off in Sudan that Algeria won 1-0 to secure a berth in the World Cup finals.

AFP

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