Petition Tag - football

301. Challenge The Scottish Premier League's Lack of Action on Sectarianism In Football

This season the SPL introduced much heralded regulations to combat unacceptable behaviour from fans' of teams playing in their league.

One team's fans, those of Celtic FC have persistently broken those regulations by singing sectarian songs and chants.

Despite having had this brought to the attention of the person with the authority to initiate action against that club, the Secretary, nothing has been done to address their unacceptable, offensive and criminal behaviour.

The latest and most disgustingly blatant example of this persistent breaching of SPL rules occurred at Tynecastle on 1.12.07 in a match against Hearts. The Celtic support are singing in praise of the outlawed terrorist organistaion, the IRA. In this example they are singing a song with the chorus 'Ooh ahh up the RA'.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8LTdSmBQPnA

Here is a copy of the song, The Celtic Symphony, by The Wolfe Tones at, of all places, Celtic Park.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5AXJjY4BTLI

Since the posting of this petition, the Celtic support, once again, have breached the SPL rules by singing sectarian songs and their support at of the IRA at Inverness on 16.12.07 and yet we still await action from the appropriate authorities.

Such songs in praise of this organisation, inextricably linked with sectarian violence and murder cannot be deemed acceptable by any civilised person and excuses by the perpetrators that such appalling actions are merely expressing a political belief and that anyone voicing disgust at such celebrations of barbarism are themselves intolerant bigots determined to oppress minority groups. These excuses are simply disingenuous and aim to provide a cloak of respectability for hatred, bigotry and sectarianism itself.

The SPL has the power and the duty to act, indeed it has done so against others, but thus far has failed to do so against the worst offenders, despite having received irrefutable evidence. They need to act or have their own commitment to challenging such offensive and unacceptable behaviour exposed as a sham.

302. US Division I-FBS College Football - Demand for a Playoff System

The NCAA Div-I FBS is the only level of college or professional sports without a championship tournament.

Based on controversies in recent years, it is clear that fans and many schools want to see a playoff pitting the best college football teams against each other in a national venue.

This petition is designed to demonstrate the level of support for a football playoff.

Based on historical attempts to provide a game featuring the two best teams in NCAA college football, the current bowl system is not working. Teams with similar records frequently have just cause to complain that they should have been given the opportunity to play for a national title at the highest level of college football, but were refused.

As a result, unlike every other college sport in the NCAA, fans of the best and most popular teams in college football are left without a clear consensus of a national champion.

Much of the hesitation to enact a playoff system at the highest level of football competition stems from tradition and money. The bowl system has been in place for almost 100 years, and many purists understandably do not want to change this.

Conversely, bowls and schools that play in them are equally hesitant due to the perception of decreased revenue from gate income and television revenue. However, these factors can be overcome through a carefully designed plan in which many schools compete through an elimination tournament.

Selection of teams to participate could be accomplished by the current BCS formula, with conference champions earning an automatic berth, including champions of all 11 Div-I FBS conferences. Selection could also consist of a committee, such as the one in place for the NCAA basketball tournaments.

The BCS bowls could continue as a part of the tournament, with each site having the opportunity to host one or more games of the tournament. With increased interest due to a more varied fan base, bowl revenue should actually increase. Tradition would be maintained through the location of the games, and by allowing other bowls to select teams not playing in the championship tournament.

303. Jose for England!

This petition is to try and persuade the FA to do their utmost in getting the “Special One”, Jose Mourinho as the next England Manager.

After failing to qualify for Euro 2008 and decades since England have won a major tournament, now is the time to get a proven winner!

Mourinho guided Chelsea to six trophies in just three years and this is the kind of manager England wants and needs!

If we get a substantial amount of signatures, I personally will print and deliver this petition to the FA Headquarters in Soho Square.

So what are you waiting for? Sign the petition and save us from even more years of hurt!

304. Petition the English FA to appoint Jose Mourinho as the new Head Coach for England

England fans are fed up of an inadequate FA who do not know enough about football to appoint a manager that will take the England football team forward. This has to stop. They will not get Jose as the current appointment process is useless.

We have to appoint a manager that is strong and is tactically sound and Jose is the man to do it. A successful football team raises spirits and can bring the nation together to feel as one.

We need a manager who has a track record for turning around struggling teams and working miracles with them... Jose is the man.

305. England players should give their wages to the Women's team

After the dismal performance by England's mens football team that resulted in the failure to qualify for EURO 2008, we call upon these players to donate their earnings to the England Womens team as a gesture of goodwill.

England's male players are sure to earn thousands of pounds for failing dismally whilst their female counterparts earnt a lowly £40 for reaching the World Cup Quarter Finals in China. Having to work extra shifts to recoup their lost earnings and missing out on training as a result.

Let's get together to support success rather than rewarding failure.

306. The Italy Game Was A Joke Scotland Should Be Rewarded

This is for the proud Scottish fans that have been done for when watching their nation get put out of the euro from one shocking ref.

307. Campaign to Sack Bungling Referee Manuel Mejuto Gonzalez

The 42 year old Accounts Manager from La Felguera, Spain shocked Football Fans worldwide as he gifted Italy a Free Kick after Alan Hutton was the victim of a heavy barge/tackle when he was nowhere near the ball, by Italian player Chiellini.

Everyone could see it as a Scotland Free Kick but somehow the bungling Manuel and his eejit of a linesman Juan Carlos Jimenez thought otherwise.

It was not the only decision he got wrong that day, but it was the most costly.

We wish we could replay the game again but this is the next best thing and we call on UEFA and FIFA to grow a pair of balls and finally sort out the bungling referees of the world.

We want Justice for Scotland and Justice for the lads who played their heart and soul out on the rain soaked Hampden pitch on Saturday 17th November 2007.

308. Create A Rugby League 3!

The last Rugby League game (Rugby League 2) is almost two years old. A sequel is not in development, nor is it planned.

We want HES to realise that there is a market for another Rugby League game, and that they should support our beautiful game.

Sidhe have done a fantastic job with the funding provided on the past two Rugby League games, and I think it is safe to say they are very popular.

Sidhe have said that they would be willing to make another game if the business terms were similar to them in the past.

309. Save our Home Ground for 250 Junior Football Club Members

Welling United Youth with Kingsmoor are facing the very real prospect of losing their football pitches and not being able to accommodate the 250 junior members next season.

A 30 year lease was awarded to Kingsmoor JFC by Greenwich Council in the mid 90s but this facility was closed for 2 seasons following a legal issue, through no fault of the current committee.

In 2001, the Club reached an understanding with the Council to regain access to the facility awarded to them and have been offering community football at Swingate Lane Playing Fields, Camdale Road, Plumstead since. We also ground share with another local, Greenwich based club, Southmere JFC and their 50+ players.

Having thought the ground was secure, the Club have expanded, formed a partnership with Blue Square South League members, Welling United FC, and are active in the local community, promoting structured, safe and progressive coaching. We are also imminently applying for FA Charter Standard Development Club Status.

The Lease is now being advertised for public closed-bid tender and although we can apply, there is no guarantee we will be awarded the lease. It is highly unlikely we will be able to run 19 teams, accommodate 250 members and continue our work with local organisations and schools, with no home ground, as facilities are very hard to source.

This Club and current committee had no control over past actions, but were shocked not to be offered the remaining term of the lease. Current Junior Members face being locked out of their home ground for the 2nd time.

We are run completely voluntarily, as a non-profit making organisation, and are just asking for first refusal on the lease.

310. Mark Clattenburg to be Knighted

Mark Clattenburg displayed excellent refereeing in the Merseyside derby.

311. Home Nations Football Tournament Summer 2008

With the possible failure of all 4 home nations failing to qualify for next years Euro Championship in Austria / Switzerland, it is time to bring back the home nations tournament.

The tournament can be played at the same time as the Euro Championship.

312. Bring Back Coach Arminio

Coach Arminio was dismissed as head coach of Perry Hall's Varsity Football Team.

No explanation was given for this decision by the Baltimore County Department of Education nor was due process followed.

This has had a negative affect on his players, family, and community.

313. For flags and banners to be allowed indside the London Road terrace

Adding colour and noise to the London Road End.

314. Anti Reid Protesters - Shut Up

John Reid, a very high profile politician, has been appointed as the new Chairman of Celtic Football Club.

As a result of this, many people have decided to take a moral stance against the appointment of this supposed "war criminal".

We support the appointment of John Reid and would like the anti-Reid campaigners to accept the decision and button it.

Your protests will make no difference.

315. Reprimand AC Milan's goalkeeper Dida

The fact is that AC Milan goalkeeper Dida should be severely reprimanded for his actions following a confrontation with a fan at Celtic park on the night of 03/10/07.

The incident occurred after Scott McDonald scored the winning goal in the 90th-minute in Celtic's 2-1 victory over the defending champions on Wednesday.

The fan jogged past Dida and appeared to tap him gently around the neck or shoulder. The Brazilian turned and started to chase after the fan, then suddenly stopped and fell dramatically to the ground clutching his face. He was carried off on a stretcher with an ice pack to his cheek.

316. Bring back "stick it in"

The song "stick it in" has been banned from hokie football games because of the lyrics "oh oh oh oh oh oh stick it in stick it in stick it in".

The song is played when tech gets into the redzone and its a football chant that was created by the Marching Virginians 10 years ago and its named after a old hokie football play.

They say this is vulgar how ever Ohio state when playing Michigan chants "We dont give a damn about the whole state of Michigan because we're O-hi-o" this is a chant and it pumps up the crowd as well the song "stick it in".

The song has kind of became a tradition and its now being banned after being played for 10 years.

317. Sack Smith Petition

In 2006/07 Perth Glory had its worst season ever finishing 7th on the A-League ladder with as few as 5 wins.

Ron Smith simply didn't perform. Perth Glory's name is gone as one of the best teams in Australian football.

318. Stop Rip off Football Clubs

Sick to death of clubs charging over the odds for ticket prices? Normal fans are being fleeced and priced out.

For instance birmingham are charging man united £45 for tickets in the away end yet they are charging bolton £15 for the same seats.

Clubs seem to think because the clubs are rich that the fans are rich. It's like me going to the cinema and paying a fiver and the guy next to me paid £1.00. Just not on and something needs to be done otherwise football will lose its identity.

319. Ontslag Henk Ten Cate

WANBELEID HENK TEN CATE

320. Call it Football

Every country should call the world game Football.

Let's abolish the name of soccer and call it as it should be "football".

"Soccer" should no longer exist and it should be called football, as used by a majority of countries.

321. Keep Martin Jol at Spurs

There has recently been talk that Tottenham Hotspur manager, Martin Jol, may be sacked in the near future due to the team's poor performance in the first 2 games of this premiership season.

Despite the fact that he has gotten the team into the top 5, and into Europe, for 2 years running.

322. Secure Standing Areas In Football Stadiums

Wasn't it great when you used to be able to stand at football matches...

Unfortunately, that is no longer allowed, and we want to try and get safe, secure standing areas re-introduced into stadiums. It adds to a great atmosphere and we think will make it a better spectacle.

323. Bring Back 3:00 Kick Offs

A return to the more of the traditional kick off times please.... due to sky and now setanta sport apparent world domination of televised football and dictatorship over times of games we the fans now want to fight back.

Please return our games to 3pm saturdays well at least 8 have your sunday afternoon and monday night but you are now taking the mickey out of us fans. Case in question a 5-15pm kick off for Newcastle Vs Aston Villa at st james's park well reason why come on cant you see we dont arrive home till midnight and then some have another 150 miles after that.

All you lot care about is money not the fans so i urge you now return our games to 3pm and stop ruining the sport in this way. Think about teams like Portsmouth who are a coastal team having to travel all the time...

324. Sky Sports' Blue Score Bar To Be Moved Back To The Top Left

For the 2007/8 season, Sky have redesigned their on-screen graphics and moved the info bar containing the score and time to the bottom left of the screen, from the top left where all other broadcasters have it.

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SUCCESS! The bar has been moved back to the top left!

325. English Premier League Anthem - Old or New?

The English Premier League has released a new anthem for the 2007/2008 season entitled "My Saturday Self" by musician Peter Lawlor.

You can hear a shortened version of the song on Peters MySpace: http://www.myspace.com/peterlawlor

326. Leeds United's 15 point penalty is bad for the game

Six years ago Leeds United reached the semi-finals of the Champion's League and finished forth in the Premiership.

Now they find themselves in the third flight of English football in financial turmoil.

327. Fire Jack Warner Now

Recently Jack Warner the Vice President of FIFA issued a statement containing
as key points:

"If the World Cup were to go to Europe, I'm quite sure, with the English luck as
it is, they won't get it," Warner told BBC World Service.

"There are moves to give it to England. I must fight that."

"Nobody in Europe likes England. England invented the sport but has never
made any impact on world football."

This has already caused a massive uproar on the BBC's 606 messanger boards
and all over England. It is percieved as racist, wholley inappropriate and a
disgrace to FIFA.

In 2006 he was involved in a scandal which even FIFA admitted violated their
code of ethics and no action was taken except to impose a fine totalling the
profits he made from the scandal. He has still only payed a quarter of this fine
despite constant reminders from FIFA and still no action has come.

328. Let TC Sorell Play Football

Trenton Sorell had gotten into some trouble this summer. No one was hurt by his actions. He is a juvenile and he made a stupid mistake. Trenton is paying for his mistake by community service and probation.

The School Board has voted not to let him participate in football this upcoming season. Our problem is that policy has not been followed the past four years when situations like this occur. We feel that Trenton is being made an example of in this matter.

Football is his life and he keeps his grades up to play. By taking away football, they are taking away his education. Should there be a one strike and your out law for this school, or should these juveniles get a second chance and learn from their mistakes?

329. Coventry City Council has a duty to make the CCFC takeover happen

Coventry City managing director Paul Fletcher has raised the prospect of the club going into administration as the proposed takeover hits the buffers.

Calling on Coventry city council to do a deal for its share of the Ricoh Arena with prospective buyers Manhattan Sports Capital Partners he told the Telegraph: 'We are at a very important moment in Coventry City's history and until we have some like-minded people sat round the table who are going to say, 'right, how can we get a stable football club?' we have got problems.'

330. Fans for the Revision of Division-I Football Championship (BCS)

This petition was developed to demand the revision of the current BCS system by replacing it with a 16 -team playoff.

Whereas the BCS is an exclusionary and unfair system that only allows pre-determined teams from certain conferences to participate in revenue making events.

Whereas certain conferences within the NCAA corporate umbrella have become autonymous and are self-regulating beyond the rules of the NCAA.

Whereas the BCS is a subjective system designed to pit the top 2 ranked teams in the country despite not having a democratic system which allows a larger sample size to participate.

Whereas a 16 team playoff would be a true representation of the larger sample size of the 119 teams.

Whereas a playoff would eliminate the possibility of more than 1 team finishing the season undefeated and making claim to national championship.

Whereas a playoff would preserve the integrity of bowl games by incoporating them into playoff venues.

Whereas the educational impact of a playoff would not be compromised due to the event occurring during fall break.