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A trip too late for Scudamore

Matt Scott
Friday February 22, 2008
The Guardian

Richard Scudamore's now-pointless trip to Fifa headquarters next Thursday was a visit he should have paid weeks ago if the Premier League's international-round proposal was not to be stillborn.

The Premier League chief executive will receive a dressing-down from the Fifa president, Sepp Blatter, over the manner of the scheme's announcement. Incredibly, Blatter would have permitted the league to explore the idea had protocol been followed. But with the Football Association adding to the criticism yesterday, world football's most powerful man remains livid that Scudamore chose not to forewarn him.

Blatter feels there should also have been early visits to football's other most senior administrators, Uefa's president, Michel Platini, and Asia's Mohammed Bin Hammam. There is anger in Fifa's Zurich HQ that Scudamore found time to inform the prime minister's office of the plans 24 hours before going public - even though Gordon Brown made clear days later that it was nothing to do with him - but not the football politicians who matter.

It was a massive blunder by Scudamore and, although he hopes to persuade Blatter of the positive impact his plan could have in territories football has yet to penetrate, the Fifa man has made the issue personal, telling friends he considers Scudamore "arrogant" and "ridiculous".,00.html
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