Derek Davis' Football Chatter

SEPP Blatter insists that apart from goal-line cameras, video technology will never be used while he remains FIFA president.Well, the answer to that is simple - move aside Sepp.

SEPP Blatter insists that apart from goal-line cameras, video technology will never be used while he remains FIFA president.

Well, the answer to that is simple - move aside Sepp.

Most managers want replays to help officials, players have asked for it and the supporters are demanding it is brought in - so let's get on with it.

Only a few traditionalists and Luddites are against the use of replays, which will be of benefit to the game.

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We won't know for sure until it actually happens but mark my words it will happen and when it does it won't be long before people are saying 'how on earth did we manage before'.

The International FA board, the sport's lawmakers, meet in Manchester next March to discuss changes and the Premier League are leading the way in lobbying FIFA to introduce video replays, despite Blatter's stubborn resistance.

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The pro-replay group will hope that an experiment at the Club World Championship in Tokyo next year when goal-line technology will be used, is a success, and that in turn will lead to fuller use of what is available in seconds to all clubs in the major competitions and leagues.

A NUMBER of disgruntled Ipswich fans have been in touch to find out why Town were wearing white shirts at Barnsley on Saturday and not blue, with the Tykes wearing their usual red.

Inquiries to the club drew a blank but other suggestions have been forthcoming.

They include:

Town wanted to wear blue at Derby, who play in white, but the laundry staff have been cut back so could not wash and iron the kit in time.

Instead of running up the usual white flag of surrender they thought the white shirts would do instead

Barnsley were wearing white shorts and Town only had the navy blue shorts with them as an alternative

The club did say at the Supporters Club that they would publicise the kit colour for away games so fans would know to wear blue, white or black, but we have not seen that as yet.

YOU can't keep a good man down and after being ousted in the takeover at Derby, Paul Clouting is in with a chance of a plum job at Manchester United.

Clouting was the former commercial director at Ipswich Town when sales, revenue and sponsorship figures were at an all-time high at Portman Road.

PETER Grant's blast at Norwich City fans could have the desired effect and turn the negative mood pervading Carrow Road into something more positive.

Or the chirpy Canaries could turn round and peck him on the nose. Grant slaughtered the City followers for not getting behind the team and he blamed them for Hull's late goal, which earned Phil Parkinson's side a draw.

He has not really been there long enough for a 'Grant Out' campaign to start but if he and his team carry on as they have been doing, it won't be long.

THE race is on between Colchester United and Cardiff City to get their new stadium's built. Colchester got approval for their business plan earlier this month and hope for the Community Stadium to be ready by early 2008, while the Bluebirds have now had their 30,000 all-seater proposal passed and are aiming for March 2008.

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