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331. Return the Integrity of the NFL

Click the link above so you can review for yourself the actual footage of the blatent, obscene and obvious favortism that demands a petition such as this one. It doesn't stop at this game.

The NE Patriots not only used these tactics in 2001 but also during the last few years to defeat many playoff caliber teams to get to the SuperBowl.

This petition will be sent to the NFL comissioner's office as proof many football fans are well aware of the obvious corruption involded in the NFL concerning referee favortism towards specific teams.

How many more NFL games including the Play-offs & SuperBowls are we going to have to listen to the League and Commissioner apoligize for the referees blatent favorable game deciding bad calls that completely change the outcome of the whole NFL season?

It's not a coincidence that the Patriots have been in and won 3 Super Bowls in the past 5 years with such medioca statistics and so many contraversal games.

Since 2001 Robert Kraft the owner of the NE Patriots has lead negotiations of over $30 plus Billion dollars worth of NFL contracts. He is involved in every aspect of the business and holds a chair on every important NFL comittee. His influence has reached the football field.

Robert Kraft was also involved in the 2001 Referee association contract negotiations, I have to believe that would be a major "Conflict of Interest" as an owner of an NFL team. And now it makes perfect sense why the Patriots have been in so many controversial games.

There is only one way to pay for a brand new privately owned $ 800,000,000.00 Stadium, and that is to build and secure your fan base. The only way to accomplish that is by winning football games. Robert Kraft is an accomplished business man who knows how to succeed and will settle for nothing less than a return on his investment.

It's not a coincidence the Patriots just 10 years ago had an NFL worst averaging only 17,000 tickets sales per game, and now after Mr. Kraft has brought Billions of Dollars & contracts into the NFL, he now has 3 SuperBowl Rings, a packed Stadium and the highest priced tickets in the NFL...were else can go to a football game & pay $175.00 for standing room only ?

Sign this Petition to let the NFL know that we are tired of listening to their apoligies every single year, and let both teams on the field play by the same set of rules instead of favoring 1 team over another and the referee's controlling the outcome of the season.

If you Love Football, let this petition make the NFL, Robert Kraft and the other owners be aware we are all concered about and questions the integrity of this sport.

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332. Reform European football

European football is becoming more and more elitist. Our beloved sport is being transformed into a game for the few rich and famous, while the neutral football fan and thousands of other football lovers around Europe are being ignored and cruelly let down by UEFA.

The Champions League was instated in the early nineties to become a tournament where domestic champions of all European countries would face each other and battle for the title of European champions. After a couple of seasons, UEFA saw the financial values of their new tournament, and started allowing vice-champions of the biggest leagues into the tournament. This unfortunately was not the ending: soon the rich clubs put more and more pressure on UEFA, which resulted in a transformation of the Champions League set-up into a tournament allowing even the numbers 3 and 4 from the biggest leagues into the tournament.

As it stands currently, the number 4 of Italy has it easier to qualify than the actual domestic champions of countries such as Lithuania, Hungary, Ireland or Cyprus. And to make sure the big clubs don’t risk missing out much money, the losers of the third qualifying round have the UEFA Cup to save their European season (whereas the vice-champions of leagues such as the Icelandic or Latvian have to play two qualifying rounds).

The way it is going now, UEFA is killing its own sport. Not only the rich and powerful teams have an easier route qualifying, the bigger leagues also have more teams in the Champions League where the big money is. So while 4 Italian teams can enrichen themselves every year, only 1 Cypriot or Bosnian side can (if they manage to get through the qualifiers, that is). Also, victories in the UEFA Cup result in less points for a country's coefficient than victories in the Champions League: this means top countries have much more chances of earning points than smaller leagues, because the bigger leagues send more representative teams in the Champions League where most coefficient points can be earned: this means the coefficient of bigger leagues will always remain bigger than other countries' leagues, which in its way keeps the multiple Champions League slots for the biggest countries intact. It's a vicious circle and a system truly set up to keep the power and dominance of the already wealthy teams intact. This proves UEFA cares about little more than publicity and money, rather than about 'football for all'. The system just exists to protect the power of the biggest clubs and to further extend their power.

UEFA this way has totally raped its own tournament, transforming the Champions League into an elitist tournament where always the same clubs participate. This is totally uninteresting for true football fans who also love discovering new teams and new stadiums (which is an essential aspect of the charms of European football) and causes a huge deja-vu feeling to any football fan not involved with any of the participating clubs. UEFA just turned its own gala into an elitist happening where the wealthy and famous clubs dictate the law. The already wealthy and powerful clubs have it much easier to qualify, thus they will further enrichen themselves in the Champions League. The financial gap between these clubs and the rest of Europe, will grow so big that it will never be closed. It means every season the same clubs compete, resulting in an utterly boring and highly predictable tournament where only the fans of these happy few teams are treated with top football, but sooner or later even the most fanatic neutral football fan will have enough of seeing always the same encounters.

The gap with the rest of Europe will grow so big it won't ever be closed again. This goes against the 'football for all' principles of UEFA. Thousands of football fans from countries like Moldova, Georgia, Finland, etc are being robbed from their chance of ever seeing a top game close to home. Allowing the champions of smaller leagues into the Champions League however, would mean they have a chance to actually grow and develop: experience in top football would make the teams stronger, the financial incomes would also mean these teams can further strengthen their squad, the fact that top football games are hosted in countries such as Albania would trigger a bigger public interest in local teams. This will result in a bigger fanbase for the domestic leagues of these countries and in a better level of play, and soon Europe would see a few new top teams rising. There would be more potential winners and they would be better spread geographically (allowing more people from all over Europe to enjoy top football), and the European cups would be highly unpredictable, which is much more pleasant for neutral fans than always seeing the big clubs over and over again.

If we leave the Champions League as it is now, it will eventually kill European football ; if we reform it and give the smaller teams a fair chance again, it will soon enough result in bigger public interest in all domestic leagues, better level of play in all domestic leagues, more potential winners for the European cup, and more unpredictable games in Europe. If we want to save the future of our beloved sport, than we need to boycot the Champions League as it is now, and eventually restore it to its original set-up where only true champions are allowed.

If we leave the Champions League as it is:
- we will see always the same participants, until the whole world is bored of seeing always the same names and faces over and over again;
- the wealthy clubs from bigger leagues are protected in their status of superpower, and they will further enrichen until the gap with the rest of Europe cannot be closed anymore;
- only the fans of the happy few big clubs can enjoy top football, whereas football fans in Latvia, Iceland, Wales, etc are stuck with amateur leagues and never seeing any good game in their country;
- domestic titles in bigger leagues lose their value: in the past, Manchester United would be angry and ashamed for finishing second behind Chelsea, since the CL is open to non-champions the big clubs consider a second place in the league almost equally good to a first place.

If we reform the Champions League back to its original format:
- we will see a rise in experience and financial means of clubs in smaller leagues;
- this will eventually lead to these teams becoming stronger and playing a role in European football;
- this will lead to a bigger public interest in their domestic leagues rather than in fans travelling to England or Italy for games;
- there will be more potentials winners for the European cups, and the potential winners will be better spread geographically;
- the European cups will be less predictable and more sensational;
- football fans from all over Europe can enjoy top football without having to travel to Milan, Barcelona or Manchester;
- domestic titles will get their full value again, as the second place in the Serie A or Premiership would no longer be enough for qualification for the 'money-making' Champions League.

If we reform the European football now, we can save our beloved sport from becoming elite-esque, and make it a true football party for everyone, regardless what country they are from. We are tired of seeing always the same classic teams, and want the original charm back: a team from England travelling to Kazachstan instead of facing another 'deja vu' team from Italy.

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333. Reclaim the Royal Blue for Chelsea Football Club

Chelsea Football Club and Adidas have introduced a black kit for this season's Champions League campaign.

Chelsea have played in blue for one hundred years and should continue to do so.

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334. Kevin Nolan for Ireland

To all Irish Football fans - help Kevin make up his mind.

Staunton still hoping to land Nolan
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From rte.ie - Wednesday, 09 August 2006 2:13

Steve Staunton is still hoping that Kevin Nolan will don the green Irish jersey. Republic of Ireland manager Steve Staunton is hoping to cut through a mountain of red tape in a bid to lure Kevin Nolan into the fold.

Staunton and Bolton captain Nolan have discussed on several occasions the prospect of the midfielder pulling on the green of Ireland.

Staunton is eager to recruit a player of Nolan's calibre, yet there remain obstacles, even though he qualifies to play for the Republic via the grandparents' ruling.

Nolan has previously played for England at under-21 level, albeit in a friendly, and featured in a competitive game for the under-18s.

There is a precedent as Everton's Tim Cahill played for Samoa at youth level, yet now represents Australia after lodging a successful appeal with FIFA.

Staunton is not giving up just yet as he said: 'There's a lot of issues surrounding this one.

'Once we cut through the red tape then we will know where we are, and I cannot say much more than that.'

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335. FIFA Injustice and Bias

July 21, 2006

Selfish Zidane has fooled Fifa

Arrogant French legend has sullied his own legacy

Article by Paul Doyle
Thursday July 20, 2006
Guardian Unlimited

Zidane's chestbutt was excusable. Lots of people do stupid things when they're angry. And if he'd simply apologised for losing and misusing his head and accepted his punishment, Zinédine Zidane could have been forgiven. But instead he decided to play the victim and, in doing so, has cheapened the legacy of one of the game's greatest ever players: himself.

Throughout his sparkling career, Zidane has been hailed for his humility. We've constantly been told that he's just a timid family man who's never let success swell his ego and never forgotten where he came from. But his behaviour since the World Cup final has been disingenuous and self-serving, suggesting that this supposedly modest hero puts his own pride before the good of the game that made him.

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Zidane complained that Marco Materazzi insulted him and should be punished. He stressed that the insults were not racist, religious or political. In other words, they were the sort of playground taunts that have been heard in every sporting contest at every level since the dawn of time. Zidane has surely been on the receiving end of such insults throughout his life and career; and it would be incredible if the 34-year-old has himself never taunted or insulted an opponent. Indeed, it has been widely reported that he called referee Jorge Larrionda a "son of a bitch" during France's semi-final win over Portugal. In football, such vacuous insults have rarely been taken seriously, certainly not when between two players - they've merely been treated as relatively harmless valves through which players vent frustration, or crude ways of winding up adversaries. So did a dunderhead like Materazzi really manage to concoct a jibe so extraordinarily disturbing that it justified Zidane's attack and his demand for Fifa to take unprecedented action?

Or is Zidane simply too proud to admit that the pressure and emotion of the World Cup final and his last ever game led him to make a big drama out of the most humdrum of happenings? Is he arrogant enough to try to fool the world into believing that he, who had previously accumulated 13 red cards in his career, is of such impeccable moral fibre and professional rectitude that it would have taken something unimaginably heinous to blur his focus? Well, insofar as it prompted silly Fifa to retrospectively impose a two-game ban on Materazzi, Zizou's selfish ruse has worked.

Indeed, such is Zidane's mystique that he even managed to convince the French Football Federation to contradict themselves and speak to Fifa in his defence. This is the same FFF that last year appealed against one of its own disciplinary committee's decisions after Fabien Barthez, who had spat on a referee during a friendly, was dealt with leniently after explaining he was provoked. The FFF insisted the goalkeeper serve at least a six-month ban. The word 'hypocrisy' must be featuring heavily in Barthez's conversations tonight.

As for Fifa, now that they've been hoodwinked into declaring that swearing at someone is only marginally less objectionable than physically assaulting them and should be punished even if the referee doesn't hear it, how does the world governing body propose to eradicate harsh language? By making every player wear a microphone during matches and employing a squadron of eavesdroppers to monitor their utterances? If so, which jibes merit a yellow card and which deserve red? For how many games will a player be suspended for insulting an opponent's sister as opposed to, say, his cousin?

Conniving Zidane handed Fifa a jagged can-opener, and the clowns have released the worms.

Please sign the petition to bring justice and eliminate bias from the governing body FIFA.

Please click on the links to view the decision by FIFA and other information, and note that both players stressed the insults were not of racial nature.
http://ansa.it/main/notizie/awnplus/english/news/2006-07-21_1214953.html

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336. Save Michael Gardiner's Career

July 18, 2006

The Eagles treatment of Michael Gardiner is harsh, uncaring and unforgiving.

It is also downright hypocritical!

Regardless of having the best midfield in the competition, it is a simple fact that no football club has ever gone all the way without key position forwards producing the goals.

The Eagles won two premierships with Suma up front, and the only other time they looked dangerous was when Scott Cummins won the Coleman.

Despite this, the Eagles had failed to recruit the forwards needed.

They went into the Grand Final with no recognised forwards! Gardiner was thrust into the role, under the most pressure imaginable, and when he failed to produce was made the scapegoat for their loss.

Is it any wonder that he suffers from Depression.

Both Ben Cousins and Michael Gardiner failed to fully answer questions regarding their alleged involvement with alleged criminals.

Several Eagles have committed off-field "indiscretions," including Ben Cousins and Ashley Sampi. Why is Michael Gardiner the only one to have his career ended.

When confronted with a booze bus, Ben Cousins ran away. At least Gardiner stayed around for the cops, and has promised to make restitution.

Michael is apparently suffering from depression, an insidious illness not fully understood.

The Eagles response: "we're going to support Michael…by destroying his career.."

I am asking all WA football fans to sign this petition.

I am also urging all Eagles Member to "GO GREEN" for Michael at the round 17 game with Adelaide. Please take, wear and wave everything GREEN that you have. You can still scream for the team, but the GREEN will also show your support for Michael.

Thanks for your support.

Big Aus

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337. Zidane: coup de chance pour la France

15 juil 2006

1989 : Zinedine Zidane joue en Première division pour la première fois Zinedine / Zidane débute sa carrière professionnelle. Son premier match en Première division l'oppose au FC Nantes, au stade de la Beaujoire.

1994 : Zidane est sélectionné pour l'équipe de France
Zinedine Zidane est sélectionné pour la première fois en équipe de France. Les Bleus sont opposés à l'équipe de la République tchèque. Zidane marque deux buts qui permettent à la France de conclure la rencontre sur un match nul.

1996 : Zidane participe à la finale de la coupe de l'UEFA. Avec les Girondins, Zinedine Zidane va jusqu'en finale de la coupe de l'UEFA. Mais c'est le Bayern de Munich qui s'impose à l'issue de la rencontre.
Zinedine Zidane signe chez la fameuse Juventus de Turin
Zidane entre à la Juventus. Après des débuts difficiles, Zidane prend ses marques et perfectionne son jeu. Il remporte avec la Juve deux titres de champion d'Italie (1997 et 1998) mais connaît la défaite en finale de la Ligue des champions (1997 et 1998).

1998 : Zinedine Zidane est élu meilleur joueur de l'année par la FIFA (1998, 2000 et 2003)
Zinedine Zidane reçoit le Ballon d'or
Zidane est élu Ballon d'or.
La FIFA décerne à Zinedine Zidane le titre de meilleur joueur de l'année en 1998, 2000 puis 2003.

JUIILET 1998 Les Bleus champions du monde
A Saint-Denis, lors de la finale de la coupe du monde de football au stade de France, les joueurs français accèdent pour la première fois de leur histoire au titre suprême de champions du monde. Les deux buts de Zinedine Zidane dans la première mi-temps et celui d'Emmanuel Petit à la 90e minute ont eu raison de l'équipe du Brésil pourtant championne du monde en titre. Les joueurs d'Aimé Jacquet sont élevés au rang de héros nationaux. Des millions des français sortent dans les rues en s'écriant "Un, deux, trois, zéro!!". La France vit un moment historique.

2000 : L'équipe de France gagne le championnat d'Europe des nations, un doublé historique
Deux ans après avoir remporté la coupe du monde, l'équipe des Bleus réitère l'exploit. Ils remportent le championnat d'Europe des Nations en 2000. Aucune équipe n'avait jusqu'alors gagné coup sur coup ces deux titres.

2001 : Zinedine Zidane rejoint le Real de Madrid
Après cinq ans passés sous le maillot turinois, le meneur de Bleus est transféré au Real de Madrid. Le coût de son transfert dépasse tous les records (montant de la transaction: 506 millions de FF soit plus de 77 millions d'euros).

2002 : Avec l'équipe du Real, Zidane gagne la Ligue des champions
Zidane et les "galactiques" du Real de Madrid décrochent la victoire de la Ligue des champions 2002.

2004 : L'Euro 2004 échappe à l'équipe de France / Août 2004 : Zinedine Zidane met un terme à sa carrière internationale

2005 : Sur la demande du sélectionneur Raymond Domenech, Zinedine Zidane accepte de revenir en équipe de France en vue de la coupe du monde 2006.

2006 : la France perd contre l Italie en finale de la coupe du monde.

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338. Strip Italy of FIFA Gold Medals 2006

July 11, 2006

It is the question on every football fan's lips.

What did the Italian footballer say to prompt Zinedine Zidane's shocking headbutt in the closing moments of Sunday's World Cup final?

The answer, it has emerged, was a vile stream of racial and personal abuse.

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339. Hold FIFA Accountable

July 10, 2006

FIFA, the association that governs and regulates soccer/football throughout the world, launched its "No to Racism" campaign this year after an escalation of overtly racist verbal attacks on Black players in Europe (read more at http://service.spiegel.de/cache/international/spiegel/0,1518,424984,00.html).

Individual players have also organized to "drown out the racists" in a "Stand Up, Speak Up" campaign led by global superstar Thierry Henry (http://www.kickitout.org/, http://www.farenet.org/).

In the World Cup Final that took place Sunday, July 9th, French player Zinedine Zidane was sent off the field with a red card for head-butting an Italian player in the chest. Zidane's actions were reportedly in response to a racial slur made by the Italian player.

This petition seconds the request made by SOS Racisme (Sos-racisme.org) to hold FIFA President Joseph Blatter accountable to his "zero-tolerance" policy towards racism in the World Cup by investigating this event and applying the sanctions he ensured would be carried out.

Please sign this petition to support fair treatment of all players in the world's most beautiful and most popular game.

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340. 5 spots to Conmebol for the World Cups

July 4, 2006

Conmebol has 9 world cup titles, and 4.5 spots in the qualifiers.

Africa has 5 spots and zero titles.

Asia 4.5 spots and zero titles.

uefa has too many spots (14).

And to add something more, the best football historically comes from Conmebol countries.

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341. Stop Anti-Italian Bias on ESPN

July 4, 2006

Stop ESPN's Anti-Italian Hatred Today!

We, the undersigned Italian Americans and Italian Citizens living in the USA, will no longer tolerate the anti-Italian bias in the World Cup coverage of ABC/ESPN.

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342. Ronaldo the hero

July 3, 2006

Is ronaldo a hero for his performance in the England Portugal game on saturday?

Come on of course he is.

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343. Stop Violence in Western Province Club Rugby

On-going violence in Western Province Club Rugby.

There are far too many incidences of violence in club rugby, specifically in the Cape Province.

Numerous requests have been ignored by yourselves to eradicate this violence.

The unfortunate death of a promising young rugby player, due to a vicious assault, has pre-empted this petition.

We demand that action is instituted against such persons who persist in perpetrating this dispicable behaviour

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344. Promjena državljanstva

June 22, 2006

Zbog sramotne igre naših reprezentativaca na svjetskom prvenstvu u nogometu 2006 godine i zbog usranih igrača poput kranjčara i njegovog oca cice mi želimo da promijenimo svoje hrvatsko državljanstvo u državljanstvo BiH jer su oni pokazali znatno bolju igru od naših bakica i obitelji kranjčar.

Otac je htio prodati što bolje svog sina i zbog same takve igre mi smo izgubili bodove protiv brazila i japana i australije u konačnici.
To je tolika sramota da se čovjek ne može pogledat više u ogledalo dok je hrvat.

Zbog toga mi mijenjamo državljanstvo u BiH

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345. New Zealand 2011 Rugby World Cup

June 21, 2006

New Zealand shouldn't be hosting the 2011 Rugby World Cup.

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346. Back to Saturdays

June 10, 2006

To the Board of Sligo Rovers FC:

We want kick offs brought back to Saturday nights.

The move to Fridays is ridiculous and unacceptable and was done without the consultation of the fans.

WE WANT JUSTICE. SIGN NOW!!!

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347. Englandfans Misconduct

Updated: August 9, 2006

Members of Englanfans have been treated appallingly by the organisation, who have lied, spun and avoided answering questions over the handling of this years World Cup Ticket allocations and the amounts given to the Football Family.

This can be seen in the following report http://www.smile4you.co.uk/england/ffreport.pdf

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348. The G2 Pact

June 3, 2006

This petition aims to celebrate the services of an unsung hero in the England side. The player is Gary (G) Neville, who wears the numbers two (2) shirt for England, hence the G2 pact.

For a few years now a group of gentlemen in the north of England have held a pact. If G scores then a drinking session commences within the hour. As most of you are aware, this rarely happens.

The idea of this petition is to create a phenomenon. We want as many people as possible to sign up for the pact in the next 7 days, just in time for England's first world cup match. If you sign up, you agree to drop everything and commence drinking as soon as possible in the event of G netting a goal.

Hopefully in the next 7 days, with your help we can start this phenomonen and at least 2000 people will agree to get smashed if G scores. If you are keen, please sign up, then forward this address to as many people as possible.

You must be aware that when signing up, you agree to forget everything and join your comrades in a boozy do, regardless of prior commitments (next day at work etc).

If we're very lucky, the England team may even hear of our mission and let G take a penalty in an easy game, hence starting the boozy downfall of a nation.

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349. Let Us Fly The England Flag at any football match

June 2, 2006

This petition is to stop people from not letting us fly the England Flag.

The England Flag is not racist. The England Flag belongs to the English whatever colour our skin, whatever our religous background.

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350. Sack Ian Wright

June 2, 2006

The British viewing public has had enough of it's licence fee been wasted on the incoherent Ian Wright.

The final straw came on Tuesday 30th May when Ian Wright said Steven Gerrard's dive was acceptable. The BBC must act to stop Ian Wright causing further embarrassment in Germany at the World Cup.

Over the last few years as a BBC pundit he has taken our money and caused offence and contributed very little to the BBC image.

It is time we as the viewing public and licence fee payers made our voice and feelings known.

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351. Leave Freo / St Kilda game as a draw

May 01, 2006

Let's leave the game (Apr 30, 2006) as a draw. If the afl decide to give one team the game then we all better look out.

In the last couple of years umpires have made lots of mistakes. On several occasions they have admitted they made wrong decisions, that have cost teams a game, however the results were never changed.

If we start now where does it ever stop. When we no longer have this great game of AFL.

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352. Award Fremantle 4 points for St Kilda game Apr 30, 2006

Today we saw a debacle of the highest order at Aurora Stadium in Launceston, Tasmania in an AFL game between the Fremantle Football Club and the St Kilda Football Club.

At the completion of the game, the siren was blown with Fremantle leading by 1 point. Due to the siren being very low in volume, the umpire controlling the game claimed he didn't hear it, depsite the Fremantle players raising their arms in triumph upon hearing it, the St Kilda players dropping their heads in defeat, and another field umpire appearing to run in to rectify the error.

Play continued and in the ensuing confusion a St Kilda player scored a point before the game was officially brought to a close, with a draw being the result. Clearly the Fremantle Football Club were robbed of the win and were the true winners of the game.

We demand that the point scored by St Kilda be removed from the records and that the Fremantle Football Club be awarded the game and the 4 premiership points. In the ineterst of fairness and for the sake of preserving the integrity of the game and the AFL competition, this move is essential and must be irrevocable.

The following questions must also be answered for the public and supporters of AFL in Australia:

(i) How long was the final siren sounded for?
(ii) Did the Timekeeper sound the siren a second time?
(iii) When did the field umpire signal the completion of playing time?
(iv) If the field umpire did not hear the 2nd sounding why was the game stopped?

The integrity of this great game must be preserved and the correct club must be rewarded for its win in Tasmania.

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353. Keep the Bills in Buffalo!

April 7, 2006

By signing this petition, you will be showing your support for the Buffalo Bills franchise. Keep the Bills in Buffalo forever!

Please Ralph (Wilson), don't move the team!

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354. Thank you Reading FC

March 28, 2006

On March 25th 2006, the players of Reading Football Club secured promotion for the first time in their 135 year history.

This is to thank Reading Football Club from all its fans for achieving promotion to the premiership in 2006.

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355. FK Velez Mostar

March 24, 2006

FK Velez Mostar

Bosanski:

Visokom predstavniku u BiH

Cijenjeni gospodine Schwarz - Schilling

Fudbalski klub Velež Mostar je jedan od najstarijih klubova na podruèju južne Evrope. Dugogodišnji je uèesnik meðunarodnih fudbalskih klupskih natjecanja. Njegove boje su branili nogometaši, koji su kasnije igrali za najpoznatije evropske klubove.

Sa poèetkom rata u BiH 1992.godine, FK Velež je protjeran sa svoga stadiona i uskraæeno mu je pravo koje meðunarodna zajednica garantira svim graðanima BiH - povratak na svoje ognjište.

Veæ 14 godina FK Velež nastupa na neuslovnom stadionu i samo uz veliku ljubav svojih navijaèa i prijatelja uspio je opstati kao klub i nalazi se pred povratkom u fudbalsku ligu najboljih klubova BiH.

FK Velež je tokom svoje istorije bio i ostao klub svih graðana svoga grada i šire, u njemu su igrali i igraju predstavnici sva tri naroda u BiH.

Cijenjeni gospodine Visoki predstavnièe,

svojim potpisom dole molim Vas da iskoristite svoj autoritet i pravo funkcije koju obavljate i donesete, èim prije, odluku sa zakonskom snagom kojom æete omoguæiti FK Velež Mostar ostvarenje njegovog prava na trenutni povratak na Stadion pod Bijelim brijegom u Mostaru...

Deutsch:

Sehr geehrter Herr Schwarz-Schilling!

Fußballklub Velez gehört zu den ältesten Fußballvereinen Südosteuropas und hat an vielen internationalen Wettbewerben teilgenommen. In seiner Vereinsfarbe rot spielten die Spieler, die später auch für berühmtesten Vereine Europas angetreten sind.

Mit dem Kriegsbeginn in Bosnien-Herzegowina 1992. wurde Velez von seinem Fußballstadion vertrieben. Nach dem Krieg wurde ihm das Recht zurückzukehren, das allen Bürgern Bosniens zusteht und von Internationalen Gemeinschaft garantiert wird, entzogen.

Seit 14 Jahren arbeitet das Team unter schwierigsten Bedienungen und nur Dank Hilfe von Fans und Freunden ist er als Verein erhalten geblieben und befindet sich auf dem Weg in die höchste Spielklasse, Premier League Bosniens.

FK Velez ist durch seine Geschichte immer ein Klub aller Bürger Mostars gewesen und in ihm haben immer die Vertreter aller drei Volksgruppen Bosniens gespielt und noch immer spielen.

Hochgeschätzter Herr Hoher Repräsentant,

mit meiner Unterschrift weiter unten, bitte ich Sie höflichst Ihre Autorität und Rechte, die Ihre Funktion mit sich bringt, zu nutzen und die gesetzliche Grundlage zu schaffen, die es dem FK Velez ermöglichen soll endlich zu seinem Recht zu kommen um schnellstmöglich in sein Stadion „Bijeli Brijeg" zurückzukehren.

Danke in voraus
Mit freundlichen Grüßen

English:

Dear Mr. Schwarz Schilling.

This is a plee of Bosnian football fans in Bosnia & Herzeggovina and worldwide. It regards the "Velez" - Football Club of Mostar.

F.C. "Velez" is one of the oldest football clubs in the southern regions of Europe. It has been, contestant of many international championships trougout its rich history. Its colors were representet by footballers who were, later, members of most famous clubs in Europe.

At the begining of the war in Bosnia and Herzeggovina in 1992, F.C. "Velez" was expelled from its own stadium and is being denied return to its own playground. This is a very sad fact since U.N. is granting the right of return to homes to all people in bosnia.

This right should apply to F.C. "Velez" also, - the team which has been forced to train and play at dire conditions of its present stadium and facilities. The club has been able to survive today only by the help of its friends and fans who are realy fond of their club.

F.C. "Velez" has allways been and allways wil be represented by the players from all Bosnian nationalities. It has allways been and it wil allways be pride of the city of Mostar.

So, dear Mr. Schilling we hope that you can use your respected authority and grant the rightfull return of "Velez Stadium" to its club, fans and its people.

Sencerily yours,
Sports-lovers of Bosnia and Herzegovina and worldwide.

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356. Keep Michael Shields locked up

February 27, 2006

There is a large proportion of people living in Merseyside who believe that this person, Michael Shields, DID actually commit the crime he has been imprisoned for.

Why should the justice system be different for him?

He can't prove he didn't do it. But the courts seemed to be able to prove he did. If this happened in the UK, what would we want the sentance to be? How would we like it dealt with?

If he IS innocent, then set him free now. But there's no smoke without fire as they say, and if he DID commit the offence, then he got what was coming to him.

I wouldn't want him to be walking the streets of my home town, Liverpool, not to mention blackening AGAIN the name of the club I support, LFC. Everyone knows if you steal in Saudi Arabia they chop your hand off.

Maybe he should have thought about the consequences before commiting the offence?

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357. Removal of Anthony Lee, Steve O'Hara and John Adshead from the New Zealand Knights Management

February 26, 2006

The New Zealand Knights dismal on field performances are not only put down to players, but to people who sit in positions of power.

John Adshead, Anthony Lee and Steve O'Hara have ultimately destroyed the New Zealand Knights as a footballing franchise. Not adherring to promoting the chances for New Zealand players to play in the A-League, yet choosing to pick 14 of the 20 squad members from overseas, which is too much for a New Zealand based club.

Lee and O'Hara should not be at the club as it is obvious they have no experience in running a football club, and they both hail from backgrounds completely irrelevant to help run a successful football club.

Adshead's managerial performance of 1 win, 3 draws and 17 losses in the inaugural A-League season was disasterous to say the least, and I (as a football fan), as well as many others believe it is in the best interests of the club that John Adshead, as well as Anthony Lee and Steve O'Hara should be removed from the New Zealand Knights Football Club in order to send our club forward, rather than continue in a downward spiral destined for failure.

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358. Stop Mourinho from turning football into a religion

Feb 08, 2006

This petition was made after realising that, like the Globetroters, Mourinho's too good for football's health.

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359. Stop Diving In Football

Feb 06, 2006

Over the past few years we have seen more and more cheating and diving going on during football matches.

Until someone at FIFA or UEFA does anything about this or listens to the fans it will only get worse.

Just watching slow motion replays shows that more 9 times out of 10 the player either:

A) Hasn't been touched; or

B) is holding a part of their body that wasn't touched just because it is easier.

Sometimes during a match a player could have seemingly have their career finished by a tackle, more than once, but still be able to finish the game and play next week.

I've seen players get a hand touch their face and go down as if they are dying. I've seen players screaming in pain after having their shirt pulled! How on earth can that hurt you.

There is no way FIFA, UEFA or any of the member associations can believe what they are seeing on the pitch is real but they still let it happen every week. So far the only real example of anyong getting punished is Rivaldo at the World Cup in Japan but even then he was fined the equivilent of £10.

The situation is so bad that on the UKs cult football show Soccer AM they even play clips each week of players falling over without being touched to the music if Platoon, but still none of the authorities want to do anything about this.

I've seen diving in league matches all over the world, in World Cups, in Cup Finals and during the Champions League but no one will do anything about this.

I want to get 1 million signatures for this petition so that we can make FIFA and UEFA listen.

I have a number of ideas to help drive this out of the game but no one in FIFA or UEFA or anywhere else is prepared to do anything about this.

Feel free to e-mail me at stopdiving@googlemail.com

Let's get as many signatures as we can to make them listen.

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360. Green Shorts for Portugal

January 14, 2006

After years of Portugal's football team wearing Red Shirts with Green shorts Nike and the Portuguese Football Federation (FPF) has decided to give them all Red uniforms.

web_comments@nike.com, www.hookedonsoccer.com

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