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Friday, 28 January 2011

According to the FA's Director of Football Development, Sir Trevor Brooking, the future prospects of England's football team in international competitions will be greatly increased with the intended opening next year of the £100 million National Football Centre(NFC) at the 350 acre site near Burton-on-Trent, Staffordshire.

During a TV interview with Sir Trevor he was also asked whether he wanted to express any personal view on the recent sacking of a commentator over a suggestion made that a female linesperson would not be able to fully understand the off-side rule.

"Well, "responded the Director of Football, "it's easy to point the finger isn't it."

He demonstrated a pointed finger with his left hand then continued saying, "Only one finger is pointing at you, but look at my hand. There are far more fingers pointing back at myself. I feel this is the problem.

"Irrespective of male or female, these officials know the rules. The problem is that many of the players don't.

"Just think about all those times we've seen players pulled up for being off-side when they clearly are, but then they turn to the referee or linesperson in total disbelief - I've even read their lips swearing at the officials and making rude gestures with their own fingers.

"It's obvious they genuinely hadn't believed they'd become off-side. They simply don't understand the off-side rule you see.

"At St. George's we'll make sure the players who visit there don't leave and go on to play for England until we know they fully understand that rule. I'm of the belief that England would have won at least three of the last four World Cups had our players fully understood that off-side rule.

"Just think of all that wasted energy and effort used up during the build ups of all those attacking moves only to have them all come to nothing because one of our players ran off-side. Think of all the goals that has cost us. Point the finger where it deserves to be pointed that's what I say."

When it was pointed out to Sir Trevor that managers as well as the players are often seen to be disputing decisions made by officials during football matches, including off-side calls, Sir Trevor responded by saying club managers would also be welcome to visit the St.

George's NFC at Burton when it was up and running.

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