The Stolen 3
The Iraqi National Football Team lost its last decisive game to Qatar, and officially is out of the last stage of the World Cup Qualifying round FIFA OWES IRAQ 3 POINTS! It's well-known that Qatar, a country with wealth and power in the Asian Football Confederation (the Asian Football Confederation's President is Qatari Mohamed bin Hammam), will do all it can to make sure the Qatari national football team makes it to the biggest football tournament in the world. Qatar took advantage of FIFA's laws and has given citizenship to many players from South America and the other parts of world. While this may not be ethical, FIFA's laws allow it. The issue is regarding a Brazilian by the name Marcio Emerson who had already played for Brazil's under 21 national team in the South American U-21 Championship in 1999 (according to CONMEBOL, the confederation that governs South American football). A player can not switch to a new national team after the age of 21 (according to a decision made by the FIFA Executive Committee on March 19, 2004). FIFA investigated the matter regarding the complaints over Emerson and found that the player was not eligible to play for Qatar, however FIFA did not award Iraq the 3-0 victory nor the three points that it deserved (according to Article 55 of the FIFA Disciplinary Code) However, Qatar clearly breached FIFA laws and statues when they had Emerson play in the World Cup qualifying tournament and played against Iraq in its Qatar's home game on March 26, 2008. Emerson was instrumental in both goals scored in the game and Iraq lost 2-0, and lost 3 precious points which would've allowed Iraq to be one of the two teams qualifying to the final round. For this campaign, we are planning a big offensive against FIFA and the Fair Play Committee to put things right.