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FIFA Out to get Messi?

Recently Messi has been in the headlines over some controversie that happened over the international break. Clearly frustrated with the game, he got into a bit of an argument and had some choice words with the referee. And guess what that little outburst resulted in . . . a ban 4 matches.

Now whats wrong with that? Refs should be shown respect right? Yes that is 100% true, however, a 4 game match ban seems very harsh. Did FIFA truly believe they were making the correct call? Or is it because FIFA might be after him. Now this is not a full blown conspiracy theory – there could very well be a lot of truth to this. Now what could they have against Messi, arguably the best player in the world?

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Possible Technologies to Aid Referees

There are 22 players on the field during a football match. Eleven on one side, and eleven on the other. However, there are 25 people who are involved in the match- the other three are referees, who are constantly criticized over the course of the game, regardless of what call they make. In the international friendly between France and Spain, a new revolutionary piece of technology to greatly strengthen the credibility of the referees’ decisions was introduced. A Video Assistant Referee(VAR) was put into effect, meaning decisions on the field would be replayed on a video by an assistant referee. The final decision ultimately came from the head referee, but call could be overturned with the introduction of this new technology. This proved to be quite useful in the friendly today, with two crucial decisions being overturned- a goal by Antoine Griezmann was overturned after a headed ball was deemed offside, and Gerardo Deulofeu’s goal was called offside before counting as a goal after the replay. The match ended 2-0 to Spain.

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RECAP: EA’s Ratings Refresh in FIFA 17

Last week EA announced they would be adding to the ratings refresh to this year’s FIFA 17. This means they will be upgrading the FIFA Ultimate Team cards of players, and also downgrading them for the first time. With all the players they have to upgrade and downgrade surely they have to miss some, right? Let’s take a look at the hits and misses of FIFA 17’s EPL Ratings Refresh.

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FIFA 17 TOTS Battle

Since we published our EPL team of the season predictions, there has been a lot of talk about who has the best one. This led me to decide to conduct an experiment in FIFA 17. Each members’ TOTS would play Real Madrid away at the Bernabeu against the same lineup, with no substitutions allowed. I didn’t play any of the games, opting to let the computers play each other. Since Premier League managers are included in FIFA, I transferred each player that was needed to Chelsea first for Conte, then Spurs for Pochettino, and then to Liverpool for Klopp, to make the simulation more accurate. It was time for us to find out what FIFA has to say about who has the best TOTS.

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