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331. Unite the Clubs Petition to City of Edinburgh Council

For more than 60 years, Edinburgh’s community-based facilities for football and other traditionally low-entry cost sports have been allowed to deteriorate to a truly shocking level.

Changing facilities are typically out of date, substandard, neglected, damp, unhygienic and at times hazardous.

Many pitches are badly drained, rutted and verge on unplayable for large parts of the year as a result of poor maintenance. Goal posts are often bent or broken.

Despite their shortcomings, pitches and facilities are also expensive to hire. Facilities based on school premises are costly to hire too, and at times difficult for community-based clubs to gain access to.

A number of community-based clubs, run entirely by volunteers, would be keen to develop their own facilities in return for long-term leases, but have been unable to do so. Many of our clubs are simply struggling to survive.

For this situation to be allowed to continue at a time when Edinburgh is trying to assert itself as one of Europe’s most active cities is insupportable.

Clubs across the Capital and throughout the Eastern Region have finally decided that enough is enough and that it's time to do something to stop the rot.

This petition will be delivered to the City of Edinburgh Council, City Chambers during the course of the Unite the Clubs march through Edinburgh City Centre at 1:30pm on 14th February 2007.

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332. Unite the Clubs Petition to the Scottish Parliament

For more than 60 years, community-based facilities for football and other traditionally low-entry cost sports have been allowed to deteriorate to a truly shocking level.

Changing facilities are typically out of date, substandard, neglected, damp, unhygienic and at times hazardous.

Many pitches are badly drained, rutted and verge on unplayable for large parts of the year as a result of poor maintenance. Goal posts are often bent or broken.

Despite their shortcomings, pitches and facilities are also expensive to hire. Facilities based on school premises are costly to hire too, and at times difficult for community-based clubs to gain access to.

A number of community-based clubs, run entirely by volunteers, would be keen to develop their own facilities in return for long-term leases, but have been unable to do so. Many clubs are simply struggling to survive.

For this situation to be allowed to continue at a time when we should be encouraging young people to participate in sports as part of our bid to shed our unenviable reputation as a 'nation of 'couch potatoes' is insupportable.

Clubs across Scotland have finally decided that enough is enough and that it's time to do something to stop the rot.

This petition will be delivered to the Scottish Parliament at the end of the Unite the Clubs march through Edinburgh City Centre at 1:30pm on 14th February 2007.

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333. Get some goals for Denham Cricket Field

We need some goals at the field so that we can play football.

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334. Michael Voss statue for the Gabba

Michael Voss is one of the greatest sportsmen that Queensland has ever produced.

He is widely regarded as one of the greatest players to play Australian rules football.

During his 289 games for the Brisbane Bears/Lions, he has won the Brownlow Medal - the national competition's highest award.

The Brisbane Lions captain lead the club to 3 consecutive AFL premierships, a feat which has been equalled only two other times in over 100 years of competition.

He is the captain of the Queensland Team of the Century.

He has captained Australia and was an All-Australian 5 times.

He won his club's best and fairest 5 times and the Most Valued Player in the AFL two times.

Voss put his body on the line for his club and country, playing through debilitating injury during his career.

His off-field reputation is exemplary and he is widely recognised as one of the fairest players ever in the competition and is a statesman for Aussie Rules in Queensland.

Vossy's feats are comparable to the Emperor of Lang Park - Wally Lewis - who has rightly a statue in his honour at Suncorp Stadium (Lang Park). We believe that "The Boss" also deserves a statue in his honour at the Brisbane Cricket Ground - a ground that Voss helped to make a fortress for his club.

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335. Tasmania needs its own AFL team

We want a Tasmanian side in the national competition and we want it now !

Tasmanians have had enough of non-blockbuster games between neutral sides from other states.

We have watched the AFL pour money for over 25 years in non-traditional Aussie Rules states while football in the Tasmanian heartland suffers.

Too many myths have been bandied around by the AFL dismissing Tasmania, a traditional football state, from its right to be represented in the national competition :

1. Tasmania doesn't need AFL - Tasmanians will always love Aussie Rules
FALSE. Sure Tasmanians are mad about football, the state has the second highest participation rate and it has been played there longer than just about any other state BUT statistics show local football in Tasmania is suffering badly at the grass roots and participation and crowd numbers are stagnant or in decline for local leagues. Soccer is making big inroads and a new franchise there is a strategic priority for A-League. Without a team in a national comp to barrack for, who could blame Tasmanians for backing a soccer side just like the Canberra people turned to the Raiders and later Brumbies to the detriment of the AFL in the ACT.

2. Brisbane and Sydney give better returns for the AFL
FALSE. Let's not forget the subsidisation of the Sydney Swans for nearly 25 years and the Brisbane Bears for over a decade, with the AFL pumping millions into these clubs just to keep them alive. Lets not also forget that the AFL subsidises at least 3 Melbourne based club to the tune of millions. The AFL is still pumping millions into Sydney and Brisbane in an effort to get kids playing footy. Whilst this is working in Brisbane due to multiple Brisbane Lions premierships, the larger amount has been spent in Sydney and there has arguably not been a solid return on investment.

3. Tasmania doesn't have the population to support it
FALSE. Tasmania's population is the same as the Gold Coast, which is touted as being the next location of an AFL team.
Tasmania's population is two and a half times that of Geelong which still has a home ground at Kardinia Park that is regularly filled and has a majority of Geelong based members.

4. Tasmania's population is in decline
FALSE. Tasmania suffered a brief period of decline in the 1990s which was a highly publicised reason for the rejection of an AFL bid at the time.
However, this is no longer the case Tasmania’s population returned to growth in early 2001, with the population growth rate being near the national average for five years of consistent steady growth in population.

5. Tasmania's economy is stuffed
FALSE. Tasmania has shown positive employment growth since 2001. The Tasmanian economy has performed better than the national average.

6. The Tasmanian television audience doesn't count
FALSE. It may not be part of the OZTam ratings at the moment BUT it does not mean that the population does not watch television and OZTam will be extending their measurements to regionals in the near future.
OZTam ratings should not be used as a reliable measure of the AFL's popularity as it does not include significant regional populations in Queensland, New South Wales, the Northern Territory and Tasmania.

7. Tasmania is too far away
FALSE Launceston is less than a 1 hour flight from Melbourne which costs less than a flight from Melbourne to Sydney. It is an 24 hour trip by ferry from Melbourne and a 48 hour trip from Sydney with direct flight routes from Adelaide, Brisbane, Broome, Cairns, Canberra, Christchurch, Coffs Harbour, Darwin, Gold Coast, Hamilton Island, Mackay, Melbourne, Newcastle, Perth, Proserpine, Rockhampton, Sunshine Coast, Sydney and Townsville.

8. Tasmania does not have any corporates or corporate support
FALSE Tasmania is home to Boags and Cascades - two of Australia's most popular brewers. There is also the Federal Group which owns the two casinos. Wrest Point is Australia's first legal casino and still very popular, they currently sponsor the Tasmanian Devils.
Gunns Limited is a huge forestry company.
The Tasmanian government backs Hawthorn and has significant investments in the local tourism industry. The Spirit of Tasmania would be an obvious tourism backer.
Even without the local companies, companies from the mainland invest millions of dollars into the Tasmanian economy.
The Tasmanian Tigers cricket team attracts sponsorships from Cascade, the Tasmanaian government, Vodafone, Coca Cola and the Commonwealth Bank. There is no reason why an AFL team could not do the same especially with its ability to attract larger crowds and television audience.

9. Tasmania doesn't have a good enough stadium
FALSE Aurora Stadium is bigger in capacity than Manuka or Marrara stadium and equally as big as Carrara and only slightly smaller than Kardinia Park. It is a modern stadium that is arguably better equipped for each of these and easily suitable for AFL matches. What is more is that the government is prepared to invest $$$ to keep it up to standard. The government proposed over $30 million for Glenorchy stadium in the 90s. Whereas the AFL has pumped millions into Carrara and would have to continue to do so if a team ever happened on the Gold Coast

10. Crowds in Tasmania would not be big enough
FALSE. It has been filled on occassion when Hawthorn plays there to over 20,000. It regularly draws bigger crowds than the Gold Coast, Darwin or Canberra and comparable to Geelong and both Sydney and Brisbane in the 1980s. Keep in mind that the AFL does not schedule blockbuster matches for regional cities. The Tasmanian Devils average the largest crowds in the Victorian Football League and have attracted home crowds in excess of 10,000 on occassion in what is a much less supported league.

11. Aurora Stadium is too far away from the capital Hobart
Tasmania is a big island, but Launceston is central to most parts of it, only 2 hours by road from many of the main population centres

12. There is a North/South rivalry that stops anything from happening
FALSE. There is probably some sort of friendly rivalry, but apart from the beers they drink, it is largely a myth. The truth is that Tasmanians would get behind a football side regardless of where the team is based. The Tasmanian Football League was fine until the AFL split it into north and south. In context, there is a much bigger rivarly between Sydney and Melbourne which prevents football from ever making inroads into the Sydney market. There is also a South East Queensland, North Queensland rivalry, but that doesn't stop people from supporting both the Broncos and the Cowboys when either is on top of the ladder ....

13. There are not enough quality home grown players
FALSE. The AFL has a number of Tasmanian players including many high profile players, as many as have come from highly populous places such as Sydney and Brisbane. Many of the legends of the game have come from the state. Tasmania used to be represented in State of Origin until the AFL created the "Allies" concept, who could blame Tasmanians for not getting behind a team which also represented parts of the country that are over 2000 miles away. Sadly the number of home grown players has fallen with the fortunes of local footy.

14. Tasmania has a history of sporting clubs dying
FALSE. Yes the Hobart Devils demise in 1996, BUT that is one club for an American sport which is failing in Australia - how many clubs has the Gold Coast seen come and go in the past decade ? Not to count the failed Melbourne VFL/AFL clubs like University, Fitzroy, South Melbourne ... or the number of NSWRL/ARL/NRL that have fallen along the wayside all around Australia over the years.

15. A competition can be considered national without a Tasmanian side
FALSE. A competition cannot claim to be truly national without a team from each Australian state.

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336. Ban Graduation in a Church

The idea of graduation in a church imposes on personal belief and the decision to practice religion as an individual. The new principal, Sid Bailey, is a member of the Phoenix First Assembly.

The idea that our football field is too small to hold a graduation is false. Football games alone have been known to hold over 2,000 fans. Administration has refused to accept reasonable solutions to the issue and have listened yet not taken into consideration of what the students would prefer.

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337. Keep Christ in CHRISTmas

Well there are many evidences in today's culture, that point to pushing Christ out of CHRISTmas. Just recently Macy's and Wal-Mart have replaced Merry Christmas with Happy Holidays.

The problem is they are large companies that have such a huge say in our country and economy and not just ours.

So below are some sites that point to excluding Christ from CHRISTmas.
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/10297701/
http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/story?id=348680&page=1
http://the-moneychanger.com/articles_files/christian_life/killing_christmas.phtml

I think that we as Canadians should be allowed to say Merry Christmas no matter what others think. If I choose to say Merry Christmas and someone is offended than their response should be whatever they choose. In other words, if you choose to respond by saying Happy Holidays then so be it.

It used to be that in other countries you would have to worry about what you stood for when it came to your beliefs about Jesus; but now we as Christians and even those that are not Christians but still believe in God are the ones that have to worry. I shouldn't be forced to change my beliefs b/c of what other's believe. I respect their beliefs and I think our beliefs should be the same on respecting other beliefs. If you choose not to partake in saying Merry Christmas than don't. Say whatever you feel.

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338. Greater Football (Soccer) Media Exposure in Australia

As we all know the A-league has been a great success in the first season and in the second season this success has continued evidence of this is the 50,333 fans who turned up to watch Melbourne Victory take on Sydney FC at the Telstra Dome.

Unfortunately we do not get our fair share of media coverage.

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339. Bourgoin v. Munster

340. Implement BCS Playoff

I have started this petition to start a movement to change the format used to select the teams that play for the national championship at the end of the year.

The Bowl Championship Series (BCS) selects the teams that will play for the national championship by using a calculated method that takes into account three polls comprised of many different voters.

When all is said and done, two teams are rewarded while many deserving teams are denied entry to play for the title based on who happens to be voted higher by which person is voting.

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341. Attn WVU: We Want Rich Rod

WVU Needs to Step Up. This is a 24 hour petition drive, starting 8:30am on 12/6/6.

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342. No Maze Stadium

This is to keep the home stadium of Northern Ireland Football/Soccer in Belfast and not where it is far from the bigger areas of Northern Ireland. Up the Belfast Stadium.

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343. Kosova forum or sub forum on Xtratime.org

The Kosovar people deserve a forum of there own not just one thread that is used for there leagues NT and other things.

They need their own forum or a sub-forum in the Albanian forum.

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344. Newcastle United - Freddy Shepherd Out!

Freddy Shepherd, Newcastle United chairman, is dragging the club under!

The club needs a new chairman to take it further, and to get out of the current rut that Shepherd has put us in.

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345. Get Davy out of Huddersfield Town Football Club!

Questions asked to Ken Davy are "Where is our money going?" Huddersfield Town had a target to be in the top 30 clubs come 2008.

Unfortunatly this is an un-realistic target now with HTFC been a mid table team in League 1! After plenty of fans insist for answers Ken Davy cannot do anything but lie and lie! Are Huddersfield Town and Huddersfield Giants been run seperatly? Davy insists they are, but everyone knows its a lie! Ken Davy stated "They [the fans wondering where Huddersfield Town's money is going] insist on creating an atmosphere which is potentially damaging to Huddersfield Town Football Club."

But surely when fans come to watch their team week in week out they deserve proper answers? When they are spending money on watching Huddersfield Town, who are not acheiving, surely they deserve to know where the money is really going?

Answers are not coming and not going to come because Davy has thrown our money away! Get him out!

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346. Save Scarborough Football Club

We hereby urge Scarborough Borough Council to lift the covenant on the McCain Stadium and allow Scarborough Football Club to re-locate to its chosen site at Eastfield.

We believe this to be the only way for the club to survive and that this move will be of benefit to the local community.

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Please make sure you include your name. Signatures with no name can't be counted.
thanks

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347. Student Petition for Football Team at C.U.S.

We think that a school team could be created without interferring with other school activities which was the case in transition year.

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348. Petición a la Corporación Popular Deportiva Junior

La Corporación Popular Deportiva Junior está siendo manejada de una forma inadecuada. Es bien sabido que el equipo tiene dueño pero también representa una imagen, una ciudad, una región y a nuestro parecer debería haber un mejor manejo.

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349. Media Coverage of Youth Football in Australia

Youth development is the future for Australian football, we need to start taking it more seriously and one step to taking youth football more seriously is to have a better coverage from the media.

The 2006 AFC Youth Championship had no telecast on either radio or television in Australia, the Young Socceroo's, Joey's and Olyroos received nothing in terms of telecast in their tours of South America or Asia.

So how seriously is Australia taking youth development with little recognition in the media? This is a question I pose to you.

In countries like Portugal, Spain, Brazil, Argentina, China, Japan, Korea and many more countries, youth football gets broadcasted on television or at least radio. If Australia is to become a world power, we need to give our youths the media coverage they deserve.

A better broadcast will allow the football loving public of Australia to open our eyes and it will allow for an easier scrutiny and analysis by the media and coaches of the direction of our youths.

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350. Reinstatement of Sky Sports News

The reinstatement of Sky Sports News on Fox Sports News starting at 11 30pm and running through to 5 30am.

The program was a helpful way to keep up with all the sports news from overseas, mainly the football results on a weekend.

Football in this country is growing and as such needs as much exposure as possible, this program gave it a kick start.

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351. Dump Karl Dorrell, UCLA Football Head Coach

We are graduates of UCLA.

The detailed letter below outlines why a replacement is needed for Karl Dorrell, UCLA Football Head Coach.

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352. Let's kick Blatter out of football

FIFA President Sepp Blatter has further infuriated Italian fans by apologising to Australia for the Azzurri’s World Cup victory.

The second round match was goalless and heading for extra time following Marco Materazzi’s controversial straight red card when Fabio Grosso fell over a Lucas Neill challenge.

Francesco Totti stepped up to convert the stoppage-time penalty with the last kick of the game on June 26 and send Italy on towards their eventual Final triumph.

Australian supporters were angry at the decision by Spanish referee Luis Medina Cantalejo and the FIFA President stepped out of his official role to make a bizarre announcement.

“I agree with them and I would like to apologise to our fans in Australia,” said Blatter. “The Socceroos should have gone into the quarter-finals in place of Italy, because they were up to beating Italy.”

The Azzurri went unbeaten throughout the entire tournament, notching up four wins and two draws in the 90 minutes – seeing off Germany 2-0 in extra time and beating France on penalties in the Final.

Blatter had already caused controversy with his comments after the July 9 Berlin match by stating it was “a tragedy” to see the World Cup assigned on a shoot-out.

This was the second time the trophy had been decided this way, as in 1994 Italy lost to Brazil in Pasadena.

The FIFA President also failed to hand over the World Cup to Italy captain Fabio Cannavaro. He was in the stands, but UEFA President Lennart Johansson took these duties instead. It has never been clarified why the change was made.

"I think the referees were not at their best," continued Blatter. "I think they were too well prepared or not looked after the right way. They were in a military camp situation. And I think there was too much cheating on the players' side.”

Yet Italy also felt aggrieved by the refereeing in the Australia match, as Medina Cantalejo showed Materazzi a straight red card for a late, but by no means violent, tackle on midfielder Mark Bresciano.

He didn't have time to apologise for the Azzurri's exit in Korea/Japan...

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353. 2010 World Cup should stay in South Africa

Rumours have been circulating in the media for months that FIFA are looking for an alternative host country because of concerns South Africa had fallen hopelessly behind in their preparations.

Some also say that South Africa is too dangerous for tourists.

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354. Bring the Football Team Back to CSULB!

UPDATE as of 7/20/2009: Sorry for the lack of updates, but I do check the petition regularly.

Thank you everyone for signing. Please continue to let others know of our petition! Our goal is to get as many signatures as possible, so please tell others about this petition! We need at least 5,000 signatures before I will submit the petition to President F. King Alexander, which I believe is absolutely possible, as there are 35,000 students on our campus.

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Simply put, having a football team will not only bring unity to our school, but will also bring in money for our campus, as well as putting our campus on the map.

Reasons why there should be a football team:

1. We are sick of having to cheer for another school.

2. We are sick of seeing people wearing other schools' jerseys/shirts on our campus.

3. Our school has 35,000 students, which makes it a large campus, yet it doesn't have a football team?

4. Bringing football back will benefit the whole school, not just the football players, as people previously have thought. For instance, having a football team will bring back the marching band, and the money earned will benefit the WHOLE school. We'll be able to afford to improve our campus, which will boost our students' morale.

Sign the petition if you haven't already, and forward it to your friends and family, even if they don't go to our school!

GO BEACH!

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355. Increase the capacity of the new Football stadium in Melbourne to at least 30,000 seats!

The State Government of Victoria has commited to build a 20,000 seat rectangular stadium for use by Melbourne Victory Football Club & Melbourne Storm Rugby League Club.

Melbourne Victory FC is already getting crowds well above this figure & with Football participation rates at junior level the highest of any sport & the growing popularity of the game in Australia, this size stadium is too small & allows no room for growth at the elite level & will leave many fans unable to watch live Football in Melbourne & greater demand for seats could push the price out of reach for your average fan.

Football fans in Australia have for too long be sold out by politicians & the media trying to protect boutique sports & stifle the growth of our game.

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356. Paul Hart Petition

KEEP HIM IN HIS JOB PLEASE

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357. Junior Raider Football

-Junior Raiders 3rd to 6th grade represent the community.

-Rest of NCKL junior football programs play on high school fields.

-These kids generally weight 100 pounds or less, so the statement that we are going to tear the fields isn't accurate.

-Outside organizations have used USD#320 facilities in the past for our children, e.g. Manhattan Basketball Association had basketball tournaments at all of our schools last year. These were ran and organized by coaches/parents of the school district.

-Additional money to the community through visiting teams and parents.

-The self-esteem that will last forever for these kids to play where the big boys play is tremedous.

-Let's the community come out and support our children.

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358. 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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359. 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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360. 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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