This is a petition from the football public to the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Minister for Immigration of New Zealand and requests that the New Zealand Government grant a visa to the Fijian goalkeeper, Simione Tamanisau to play the World Cup Qualifying match against New Zealand in Auckland.
We ask the New Zealand Government to recognise that football is an international game with international rules set by FIFA. We ask that the Ministers recognise that the most fundamental aspect of football is that you choose your own team and that your team is not chosen by your opponents and certainly not determined by your opponents\' government.
We ask that you follow the example of other countries in FIFA and set aside politics and war for 90 minutes of international football.
We ask that you recognise that FIFA sets the rules for the game of football.
We also ask that you understand that the football public will not recognise a match where one team is hampered in its selection by anything other than it being directly sporting related.
We ask that you let the game be played in the spirit of sport.
My name is Edward Lyons, I am a regular football supporter. The World Cup Qualifying game between New Zealand and Fiji has been called off
after the New Zealand Government blocked the visa for the Fijian goalkeeper, Simione Tamanisau. Now New Zealand\'s bid to host the Oceania men
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FIFA\'s ruling: http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/media/newsid=614454.html NZ Soccer Statement: http://www.yellowfever.co.nz/show-news.aspID=992 More Yellow Fever Discussion links: http://www.yellowfever.co.nz/forum/forum_posts.aspTID=2870 Any questions can be directed to me by email: email@example.com
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