UnNews:Fifa turns down English replay plea
20 November 2009
LONDON, England - The English FA’s request to have their 1986 World Cup Quarter-final replayed has been refused by Fifa. FIFA commented that “[it] is clearly mentioned in the Laws of the Game, during matches, decisions are taken by the referee and these decisions are final and besides we're bored with your whining."
Though it is now twenty-three years since the infamous Maradona hand-ball deflected the ball past a helpless Peter Shilton, slow FA bureaucracy has meant the English FA have only just lodged their request. UK Prime-Minister Gordon Brown had offered to "punch and kick" Argentinian President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner at a Belgian summit if they didn't agree with the replay, but has since retracted the offer commenting, "A) I'm Scottish B) Having one eye makes it hard for me to punch neatly and C) You pricks still wouldn't vote for me anyway."
Further confusion stems from Maradona’s claim that it was not his hand that pushed the ball in the goal but ‘’”The hand of God.”’’ Fifa continued: ”Though television replays strongly indicate that it was Maradona’s hand that made contact with the football, it is not beyond the realms of possibility that a super-natural creator of the universe would choose to interfere with the outcome of a 1980’s World Cup quarter-final, disguise his own hand as that of Diego Maradona’s, and push a spherical shaped ball past Peter Shilton. Under these circumstances, we would have to treat this as an 'Act of God', comparable to a gust of wind caused by that trouble-maker butterfly on the other side of the world blowing the football into the goal."
Even if the game were to go ahead, injury problems rule out Gary Lineker whose serious "bad toe" will keep him out of the game for at least a further ten years. Glenn Hoddle would also not be able to play. He commented, "I'm currently out of the game with being 52 years old. I don't think I'll be 34 or under again for some time."
A FIFA source further remarked that if they had sanctioned such a replay it would have caused “absolute chaos”, with all manner of people calling for other events to be restaged. “Who’s to say that Japan wouldn’t have a case for complaining about the unfair use of the Atomic Bomb at the end of the Second World War? We might have to round-up our ninety year old veterans and make them go through the whole thing again. Is it fair that some people are born with ginger hair? We would have countless red-heads requesting they be split back into sperm and egg and refertilised.”
- BBC Sport "FIFA turn down Irish replay plea" BBC, November 20, 2009
- FIFA "FIFA statement on FIA request" FIFA, November 20, 2009