Petition Tag - football

181. Wales to represent TeamGB Football at London 2012

The English, Scottish, Welsh and Northern Irish football associations have agreed that only one FA should represent Team GB in 2012; I propose that Wales should replace England. Wales consistently fail to qualify for major championships and should be given an opportunity.

England consistently fail at major championships and risk the reputation of TeamGB for commitment and sportsmanship. Wales will positively represent a united GB.

182. FIFA must introduce video referee NOW after decision against England

Call it flogging a dead horse, but the second pair of knockout matches in the 2010 FIFA World Cup have made the need for goal-line technology even more pressing.

There's been plenty of talk this year of play-acting and diving bandied about as the usual (and justified) criticisms of the world game, but two moments in games of huge importance have revealed to the world what it already knew: referees need a lot more help than they're getting.

Not one person can deny Frank Lampard's goal should have levelled the scores between England and Germany.

Trailing at 2-1, having been outplayed for most of the first half, Lampard contrived to equalise for his country with a shot off the cross bar that cannoned back from behind the line, before the referee inexplicably ruled no-goal.

Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer has admitted he conned Uruguayan referee Jorge Larrionda into ruling out Frank Lampard’s ghost goal.

The Schalke No 1 claimed the ball was around two metres over the line while German legend and former coach Jurgen Klinsmann branded the referee’s blunder a ‘disgrace’.

Neuer said: ‘I tried not to react to the referee and just concentrate on what was happening. I realised it was over the line and I think the way I carried on so quickly fooled the referee into thinking it was not over.'

183. Global petition for Sepp Blatter (FIFA President) to recognise the importance of football (soccer) goal line technology

"It is one of the most debated points of the beautiful game, and the argument for the introduction of technology in football was bought to the fore again today.

England midfielder Frank Lampard thought, along with the vast majority of people packed into the Free State Stadium in Bloemfontein, that his cute lob had pulled England level against Germany.

Replays showed the ball to have landed at least a foot over the line, but two men remained unmoved, the referee and his assistant.

FIFA chief Sepp Blatter, the most vocal defender of keeping the game 'pure' sat watching in the stands. As the boos rang out at half-time he may well have turned a funny shade of red.

It was Blatter, along with football's rule-makers, who in March this year shut the door on goal-line technology and effectively ended any chance of video replays coming into the game.

FIFA general secretary Jerome Valcke said: 'The door is closed. The decision was not to go ahead with technology at all.' But a number of viable methods have been put forward in recent years, from the simple reference of a fourth official using TV replays to the implementation of HawkEye between the posts. HawkEye is already used successfully in cricket and tennis but is seen by FIFA as having no place in football.

Yet incidents like the one which damaged England's World Cup hopes keep happening and the impact of the decisions grows ever greater. Having occurred on the grandest stage of all, perhaps Lamparad's 'goal' can now be the watershed moment. Blatter will do well to remember the reaction." - Taken form an article by Matt Fortune of the Daily Mail.

Sepp Blatter needs to realise the truth about goal line technology, even if Germany played well there is no doubting whatsoever that the disallowed goal may have changed the complexion of the game and indeed many of the other decisions of the World Cup.

184. Force FIFA to use Goal Line Technology

After the debacle that was Frank Lampard's disallowed goal (THAT WAS CLEARLY A GOAL) was shown on TV as a clear goal. This just proves that FIFA need to start using Goal line technology as an aid to officials in matches.

Situations like this should no longer be part of football, technology like this is in use in other sports, so why is Sepp Blatter so against it, if he does not want it then maybe it was time he was replaced too.

185. Move New Zealand to the AFC!

New Zealand, a country east of Australia in the Oceania, is affiliated with the Oceania Football Association. Through 2007-2009, the team qualified for the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

The team in previous years however, have not been able to achieve this. This is due to their affiliation with the OFC.

Because a OFC team is not guaranteed a spot in the World Cup, New Zealand have struggled.

If they move to the AFC, they are more likely to qualify. Also, there are more benefits.

1. If New Zealand move, the team improves. Because the team faces more competitive teams (Bahrain, Australia, Japan, Korea Republic, etc), they will be able to learn the "asian" style of playing.

2. Higher attendances. Due to lack of competitive games, the Westpac has often had less than 4,000 fans at the stadium. But due to more eager away fans and more confident home fans would shoot up attendances.

3. Rise of popularity in football. Again, because of more competition, the popularity of football would rise. More higher attendances and a better team would build more confidence and a better future in the beautiful game.

4. Smaller teams in the OFC would be likely to qualify, due to a more balanced qualification system and if FIFA can figure a way to give the OFC a automatic spot, the small teams get a chance. This is football, everyone deserves a chance at making it to the world cup.

There are probably more benefits, but with these 4 this could help build a future in football in New Zealand.

186. Free the Bavaria Beer Two

As it turns out Blatter & Co would rather have beautiful women in jail than in skimpy dresses.

Jokes aside, the issue is serious, being one which infringes on individual liberties. FIFA thinks they can dictate what people wear to football games, with threats of incarceration for those that fail to comply. If this court case is seen through there is a precedent that can lead to further abuse of the intellectual property laws that have been twisted to suit FIFA's purpose. It is highly questionable to have a sporting body decide how the laws of a nation should be written, causing the arrests of individuals based on these self-serving laws. FIFA has shown themselves to be driven not by sport but by profit.

The second you stop fighting for freedom is the second you start to lose it.

187. The AntiVuvuzela Campaign

The most annoying sound of the world.

The vuvuzela (English pronunciation: /vuːvuːˈzeɪlə/) , sometimes called a "lepatata" (its Tswana name) or a stadium horn, is a blowing horn up to approximately 1 m (3 ft 3 in) in length. It is commonly blown by fans at association football matches in South Africa. The instrument is played using a simple brass instrument technique of blowing through compressed lips to create a buzz, and emits (from the standard shorter horn of about 60–65 cm) a loud monotone (B♭3). A similar instrument (known as corneta in Brazil and other Latin American countries) is used by football fans in South America.

Vuvuzelas have been controversial. They have been associated with permanent noise-induced hearing loss, cited as a possible safety risk when spectators cannot hear evacuation announcements, and potentially spread colds and flu viruses on a greater scale than coughing or shouting. Vuvuzelas have also been blamed for drowning the sound and atmosphere of football games. Commentators have described the sound as "annoying" and "satanic" and compared it with "a stampede of noisy elephants", "a deafening swarm of locusts", "a goat on the way to slaughter", and "a giant hive full of very angry bees".

The sound level of the instrument has been measured at 127 decibels contributing to football matches with dangerously high sound pressure levels for unprotected ears. A new model, however, announced on 14 June 2010, has a modified mouthpiece which is claimed to reduce the volume by 20 dB.

188. England To win the World Cup!

COME ON ENGLAND!!!!

The England national football team represents England in international association football and is controlled by the Football Association, the governing body for football in England. Although most national teams worldwide represent a sovereign state, the four Home Nations which form the United Kingdom are each represented separately in international tournaments, except at the Olympics. England's home ground is Wembley Stadium in London and their head coach is Fabio Capello.

England are one of seven national teams to have won the FIFA World Cup, which they did in 1966 when they hosted the finals. They defeated West Germany 4–2 in extra time in the final. Since then their best performance at a World Cup was reaching the semifinals in 1990, where they lost to West Germany on penalties. They reached the semifinals of the UEFA European Championship in 1968 and 1996. They were the most successful of the home nations in the British Home Championship with 54 wins (including 20 shared wins) before the competition was suspended in 1984. They remain a prominent team on the global stage, rarely dropping outside of the top ten on both the FIFA and Elo rankings.

189. Save Crystal Palace Football Club

Crystal Palace Football Club, home to football for tens of thousands of fans for over 105 years was about to go out of business starting at 15:00 on 1st June 2010.

Public pressure has helped to ensure that all parties have been prepared to negotiate beyond that deadline.

This petition is to be kept open to ensure that pressure is maintained until the deal is concluded. In the event the negotiations stall again, this petition will be sent to Bank of Scotland, the Prime Minister and other Ministers, Agilo and the Administrators.

190. Let is fly our england-st george's flags

I have heard recently that we British have had our rights of flying our British flags and wearing our shirts during the world cup taken away.

We as British citizens should be allowed to do so.

191. Keep England Pride going and stop the police taking our flags and tops

The police have announced that they are taking away our flags and tops ahead of the world cup as they say it's racist.

192. Support Our Country and Our Football Team

Police are going round pubs and clubs .. saying that we cannot wear our ENGLAND tops for the football and we have to take the flags down as it is upsetting the immigrants that don't come from here! now I'm not racist, but this is going a step to far! ..

193. England fans should be able to support our country's football team openly

Well you have all heard about how were not supposed to be allowed to wear our England shirts or how we're not allowed to fly mighty England flag due to other ethic minorities not being happy about it during the world cup season.

194. Reclaim Our Waterfront, Build The Stadium There

The ticats are saying NO to redevelopment at the Rheem site aka a brownfield, due to the fact that the Pan Am stadium is supposed to be about leaving a legacy, i believe it is important for it to be built there. it would signify another step that has been taken to relcaim our waterfront from industrialization.

There are many people who will look at rheem and fail to see what it can become, therefore leaving the site to decay further. ... However, there are people who have a vision, just like when harbourfront park started to get cleaned up, people scoffed at the idea of the land being transformed into a beautiful park where families goto fish, walk, jog, rollerblade etc. Look at that park today, it is thriving, 10's of thousands of people visit it yearly and imagine if the naysayers won and that park was not reclaimed.

Where would those families go? Where would that civic pride disappear to?for our sake i hope we do not let this opportunity slip through our fingers; the ticats are suggesting 3 alternative sites for the stadium: aldershot (not even hamilton), chedoke park (NEC would not allow burlington to build a smaller stadium, why would they allow a large one?) and right by the QEW/red hill express-way (imagine how great it would be to be sitting in a seat when one of the steel mills has another burp of carbon soot, or breathing all the exhaust from cars on the hwy) when all is said and done, the best location for the city of hamilton is the rheem site!

195. Save our Stripes!

Ok, if your a football fan, heritage and tradition means a lot to you. How would you feel if that was about to be swiped away?

Stoke City Football Club's (The Potters) kit, is going to change!

They are getting rid of our famous red and white vertical stripes, abolishing 147 years of tradition and history!

We cannot let this happen.

PLEASE WHEN COMMENTING MAY YOU STATE HOW YOU FOUND OUT ABOUT MY PETITION, (e.g 606 or facebook or friend told me etc). THANK YOU!

196. Justice for Garry Mann

In 2004, Garry Mann, a fireman from Kent, went to Portugal to watch the European football championship. According to Garry, he was with friends in a bar in Albufeira when a riot amongst English football supporters broke out in a nearby street.

Garry was arrested on 15 June 2004, along with several other football supporters, and charged with causing the riot. He was tried the following day, together with 11 other defendants, under a temporary fast-track procedure set up ahead of the championship to combat football hooliganism. Unable to instruct a lawyer and unable to understand or participate in the proceedings due to poor quality of translation provided, Garry was convicted and sentenced to 2 years imprisonment.

Garry reports being told the sentence would not be carried out on the condition that he accepted voluntary deportation back to the UK and not return to Portugal for at least 1 year. This also seems to be the understanding of the Home Office, whose spokeswoman told Sky News back in 2004, “The intent of the judge [of the Portuguese court] appears to have been to get Mr Mann out of the country rather than immediate imprisonment, stating that he would serve two years in custody if he returned to Portugal.” Notes from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office from the time of Garry´s arrest similarly suggest that consular officials also shared this understanding.

Upon his return to the UK, Mann’s case received a significant amount of public attention when the then Home Secretary of the UK, David Blunkett, said he had “not given up on the idea we are going to nail this individual.” To this end, the Chief of Metropolitan police took out an application for a worldwide football banning order to prevent Mann from travelling abroad to attend football matches.

In 2005, the Magistrates court considered the application for the football banning order. Justice Stephen Day denied the application, finding the trial in Portugal to be “so unfair as to be incompatible with the respondents’ right to a fair trial under Article 6” and concluding “it would be unfair to rely upon the Portuguese conviction.”

Garry resumed his life in Kent and, for four years, had no further run-ins with the law. However, in March 2009, British police arrested him at his home on a European Arrest Warrant issued by Portuguese authorities in 2008.

When asked why it had taken so long for them to issue the Arrest Warrant, Portuguese authorities claimed to be unaware that Garry had not served a sentence in the UK.

Despite the earlier ruling by Justice Stephen Day branding Garry’s trial in Portugal “unfair”, in August 2009 the Westminster Magistrates court ordered Garry’s extradition to Portugal. Garry Mann and his legal team are still trying to resist this extradition. Should he be extradited, Garry will have no right to appeal the Portuguese decision; he will be forced to spend two years in prison on the basis of an unfair trial.

The trial in Portugal was a travesty of justice, with major breaches of Mann’s rights to a fair trial, including:

• Inadequate legal representation (1 lawyer for 12 defendants);
• No opportunity to prepare a defence (the trial having taken place within 24 hours of Mann’s arrest) or to instruct a lawyer;
• Poor quality interpretation (there was only one interpreter speaking English), meaning that the defendants could not follow or participate in the trial.

Fair Trials International has serious concerns about the European Arrest Warrant. In practice, the system has been interpreted as leaving no scope for the British courts to prevent an extradition even where, as in this case, it would lead to clear injustice.

197. Get the FA using more Fairtrade Footballs

Fairtrade farmers are unbelievably under-paid and deserve to get a fair price for their hard work.

If the FA were to come out in support of Fairtrade then there could be a 'domino effect' where many clubs and other national organisations would follow and buy Fairtrade footballs.

198. Bring Back Death Penalty In South Africa!

For the past fifteen years there has been a RAPID increase in murder, rape and all other incredibly savage acts and crime in general. South Africa is currently NUMBER ONE on in the world for murder, rape and all crime and therefore earned the name "CRIME CAPITAL OF THE WORLD".

More then THREE THOUSAND FARMERS have been murdered since 1994 and nearly more then 50 South Africans are murdered PER DAY! A BIG portion of that are CHILDREN that were RAPED TO DEATH!

These SAVAGES are seldom caught and only a few gets captured and convicted. Most of these murderers actually prefer being in jail. They receive clean beds, three meals and free education if they so desire.

This becomes another burden on the taxpayer. With other words the law-abiding citizens of South Africa actually are then the ones getting punished for the murderer 's heinous acts! More then 600 South Africans have actually successfully gained refugee status in other countries! HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS South Africans have already fled the country in fear of their lives! This resulted in the ultimate "Brain Drain" of the country.

Instead of keeping the LAW-ABIDING, EDUCATED citizens of South Africa IN the country, the Lack of the South African Government's involvement and lack of proper punishment has secured South Africa 's first place as a MURDER/RAPE/CRIME - CAPITAL IN THE WORLD!

I am of the strong opinion that Capital Punishment for murder should be reintroduced to South Africa! Amnesty International states that the Death Penalty 'violates the right of the life as proclaimed in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.' The question - What about the lives and rights of the victims? Were they not entitled to the Right of Life and Prohibition of Torture?

The person that takes the life savagely of another should no longer benefit from the protections afforded under any legislation. The failure of the government to actually ensure the citizens of South Africa a safer country is no longer expectable.

A Jail term is no longer a deterrent. BRING BACK THE DEATH PENALTY IN SOUTH AFRICA! PLEASE VISIT our pages on FACEBOOK -

EYE ON SOUTH AFRICA
http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=108003955902770&ref=mf

199. Review Manchester United And Chelsea "Offside Goal" (April 3rd)

The Football Match Between Manchester United And Chelsea is a big big match all the time but this season with just points in between the top 2, it counts more than ever that a referee or a linesman is accurate and fair.

Chelsea player Drogba scored a goal from which was clearly a off-side position and the linesman Simon Beck was clearly able to see this, and he has been penalised by being demoted to Championship duty.

But Why should a team also be penalised?
Manchester United in this case.

The Goal was offside and it should not count.

200. No To Banning Of English Flags During The World Cup Football Tournament

There has been talk that the government of Tower Hamlets in London are banning the flying of English Flags during the World Cup Football.

We feel this is wrong that the people that want to cannot support their country through fear of upsetting other religions.

201. Να Τιμωρηθεί Παραδειγματικά όποιος ευθύνεται για την κακοποίηση μέχρι θανάτου του ανυπεράσπιστου ζώου

Α football fan sprayed a rabbit with orange paint in an attempt to taunt the other team’s supporters whose color is orange. The rabbit’s legs were broken probably so he can't move or run away from the field. The rabbit died while dozens of people girls and boys were laughing and applause the hero...

This petition has nothing to do with football, we don't support any team, all we ask for is for the people who tortured and killed the animal to be prosecuted for what they have done. We want Cyprus to respect that EU has laws for the animals also. As European citizens we demand Cypriot authorities to respect and follow the EU laws for animal abuse and protection.

202. Citizens of Fitzgerald & Ben Hill County

Going before the Ben Hill County Board of Commissioners on April 6, 2010, is the 2011 SPLOST Referendum.

The Fitzgerald City Council voted unanimously in favor of the final proposal in February 2010, meeting.

We ask that the City Council to reconsider allocating $600,000 toward synthetic turf.

We are continuing to collect signatures as the referendum is planned to appear before the County Commissioners on April 6, 2010.

203. Keep Football Fever on the air!

Australia's premier football show for over six years, Football Fever, founded by Paul Williams is to go to air for the final time on March 28th on SkySports Radio 1017AM.

The show is THE source for A-League and international world football news on the Australian airwaves. With the 2010 World Cup in South Africa fast approaching, football fans and Sky Sports Radio NEED Football Fever to stay on the air!

Sunday nights just would not be the same without Damo, Francis, Les and Terazio - not to mention Mr Modrich, fellow emailers and callers!

Express your support for the show and let SKY SPORTS RADIO know about the loss that FOOTBALL FEVER will be to their program schedule.

204. Vote of no confidence

ATC have shown in their dealings with Molson Coors that they are not qualified to make the best decisions on behalf of all Altonians in respect of town planning.

They have also shown that they are not prepared to listen to residents whose views do not coincide with their own.

They have allowed their own personal agendas to take priority over what is best for the town in the long-term,

205. BRETT FAVRE

Brett Favre is an amazing quarterback with the Minnesota Vikings.

He is also a great family man, role model and humanitarian (Brett Favre Fourward Foundation).

This petition is to show our love and support for Brett, and to ask that he please return to another year of football.

206. Let Fairlawn Local Schools have Football

For an example Sidny Schools were falling through so we got some of there athletes... An I think they should still have a chance to play. We don't have to buy a new stadium all we need is some lines and a couple of field goal posts and we can use the new soccer field.. All we need is your help..

207. Annulez La Sanction Du Togo - Reverse the Togo ban

La Confédération africaine de football (CAF) a décidé le 30 Janvier 2010 de suspendre pour deux Coupes d'Afrique des nations le Togo, qui s'était retiré de la CAN-2010 sur décision gouvernementale à la suite du mitraillage de sa délégation, le 8 janvier dans l'enclave de Cabinda, faisant deux morts. La CAF demande également au Togo de payer $50,000 d'amende.

Cette décision a choqué tous ceux qui aiment le football et sont épris de justice. Dans le monde entier, des voix s'élèvent pour condamner l'attitude d'Issa Hayatou, le Président (25 ans) de la CAF.

La présente pétition est initiée en vue d'exiger l'annulation de la décision inique et rétablir le Togo dans ses droits.

208. 2010 FIFA World Cup for Haiti

Football is important to the Haitian people. After what they have just been through, after what they have just survived, what better way to bring a smile to their faces than by dedicating this year's World Cup to them?

209. Reverse the Togo Cup of Nations Ban

We, the undersigned, believe that the decision to punish the Togo Football Team for withdrawing from the recent Cup of Nations to be a highly insensitive one that shows no respect to natural justice.

We understand that the reason for the ban and fine is the interference of the Togo government which did breach CAF regulations, but we believe that given the exceptional circumstances of the attack on the Togo Team bus, and the responsibility of the Togo government to the safety of its people, that the breach of the regulations on this occasion was wholly understandable.

We also note the failure of the CAF to provide adequate security to a team partaking in their tournament.

210. Give Kentucky an NFL Team

Kentucky hasn't had an NFL team since the 1920's. That's 90 years. Kentucky is big enough to have an NFL team. It could be located in Louisville or Lexington.

Please give Kentucky an NFL team. Even if they are horrible I know that I and a lot of people in Kentucky would support them. Thanks you.