Well, it`s Saturday and in football terms all there seems little to look forward to with England playing Slovenia in a Euro Qualifier. The England captain, Wayne Rooney, complete with stitched on and dyed hair and mumbling his inspirational team talk in his indecipherable Merseyside drawl, makes for a dispiriting figure. No game for the Saints, who have no less than 17 of their players away on international duty, although to be fair there will be considerable interest in chez Snopper in the exploits of Bristol City, for whom our street`s local hero Scott Wagstaff is rumoured to be starting against Swindon in a top of the table clash at the Wiltshire club`s County Ground - provided the team coach can negotiate the town`s magic roundabout.
It`s not been a good week for football, especially the nonsense surrounding FIFA`s hilarious attempts to convince the world that their own internal `investigations` have revealed that everything to do with the World Cup bids by Russia and Qatar was fine and dandy, whereas England are heading for the naughty step. The Chairman of the English Football Association, Greg Dyke, was right in calling FIFA a joke. And a sick one at that.
And it all makes me wonder whether England should say `enough is enough` and withdraw its membership of that discredited outfit. Yes I know the implications of such a decision would be `far reaching` and the consequences might well be `damaging` to the game in this country. But it might be an opportunity to get back to basics, to see football once more for what it is - a game to be played, watched and enjoyed, not a vehicle for corrupt chancers to strip the game of any last vestige of honesty and integrity.
In a way FIFA almost mirrors the European Union. It`s self-serving, seriously inefficient, immune to significant change and oblivious to the expectations of those who it is supposed to represent. It`s time to say goodbye to both organisations and if parting is such sweet sorrow then I`m sure we will get over it, do our own thing and know that any `difficulties` that may spring from those decisions will at least be our difficulties which we will undoubtedly be capable of dealing with. Let`s give it a go. After all it can`t be any worse than having to put up with the shambles that these two outfits have become.