The sky’s the limit as Pablo Escobar used to say, but for once in
FIFA upheld the proposed ban from June 2007 on international fixtures in stadiums located at 2,750 metres above sea level, meaning that
Senor Morales, a highly vocal football fan and actually quite a tidy little player himself, has understandably taken this whole ruling as somewhat of a personal affront, even playing a match last year in the
The small print in the ban reads that with an appropriate period of acclimatization, games can take place above the prescribed altitude, but with World Cup qualifiers taking place within the busy domestic schedule, this is simply an unrealistic ideal. Studies into the negative health affects on players unaccustomed to thin air have so far been inconclusive, but apparently the evidence was compelling enough for FIFA big-wigs to rubber stamp the proposal. It begs the question though, if Maradona and Morales (both in their late 40s now) can survive a game in
At the end of the day, Blatter just seems increasingly out of control, producing unbelievable comments week in week out these days, and this latest ruling is plain insulting. It seems hypocritical too when just last week he released this gem from his mouth: “Football is open for everybody, which is why they made a gay competition in
Yesterday’s game itself was an exciting affair, as one would expect between select teams of retired Bolivian and Argentinian stars, with incumbent deputy minister of sports, Milton Melgar (who played for Bolivia in the 1994 World Cup finals) even getting involved too.