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The FIFA Grassroots programme, as it is aimed at children and must bear in mind the educational establishments that they attend, is a development scheme that needs to demonstrate considerable flexibility. As per its founding principles, implementing a Grassroots programme must be adapted to fit local needs. This was the key point that emerged from the Trinidad and Tobago pilot project back at the beginning of the FIFA Grassroots initiative.

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The title of ‘most repugnant man in world football’ isn’t hotly contested. Anyone remotely aware of FIFA Vice-President Jack Warner knows that he’d have got to keep any trophy years ago, and that he’d keep it anyway, even if he was supposed to give it back. To sum up his football administration career, he’s a ticket tout and swindler – an arrogant, ignorant, thuggish, loutish, borderline racist, dictatorial, political failure. His elevated position isn’t due to any good football administration – colleagues in football in his native Trinidad and Tobago (T&T) were rid of him years ago, after a massive to-do over World Cup tickets (soon to be his forte).

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Jack & Oilver

It seems that Sepp Blatter’s covert campaign to evict Jack Warner from FIFA is getting under the skin of the UNC Chairman. Blatter is a subtle operator and his deftly managed campaign to give global publicity to my presentation at the Ritz-Carlton in Miami next week to an audience of US government investigators and prosecutors is rightly worrying Mr Warner.

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