Hot on the heels of yesterday's revelation that foreign footballers whose English isn't up to scratch could face expulsion from these shores comes the sad news of yet more outdated political ramblings.
No matter Enoch Powell has been six feet under for a decade, the politician's controversial views are still being used as inspiration by those who would like to beef up the Englishness of England, and more importantly, its football clubs.
Who's that standing on a podium delivering yet another sermon from his lair in Nyon? None other than FIFA supremo and muck-spreader-in-chief Sepp Blatter.
Sepp's not stupid though - his proposal to limit the number of players plying their trade in a foreign country could well be against EU employment law, but he has a way around that in order to achieve his goal of pure blood football teams (or at least a level of 54.4% purity).
"I am not convinced that the proposal is against EU law," Blatter gushed, presumably not unlike Enoch's river of blood, "because we are not placing any restrictions on the number of foreign players who sign contracts with the clubs - just the number who start each game." Ah ha!
"Of course it will eventually lead to a reduction in the number of foreign players signed because of the need to always have six players [in the starting line-up] who are eligible for the national team in that country, but this will come in step-by-step." Double ah ha!
The six (home nationals) plus five (foreigners) rule, should it get approval at a FIFA congress in Sydney later this month, would represent a triumph for the man who has become as famous for his silly ideas as for his (alleged, by Early Doors) appetite at corporate lunches.
Anyone remember kick-ins instead of throw-ins? How about making the goals bigger? Blatter probably even had something to do with the invention of MultiballTM.
But a triumph for fans, sadly, it will not be. ED remembers having to watch mostly English teams deprived of talented foreigners get totally outclassed when a similar rule applied for European competition not so long ago. Now ED is not saying that Gary Walsh was not a world class keeper, but... well, actually we are.
It is doubtful that the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Fernando Torres or Cesc Fabregas would find themselves surplus to requirements under the proposed rules, but what about the likes of Kevin Prince Boateng, Daniel Braaten, Julien Faubert or Emerse Fae? What next for them?
Blatter may not compare too well to 76-goal Ronaldo as a right winger (cymbals please) but once Benny Feilhaber's name springs to mind, his ideas begin to appear a little less crazy...
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ED has always thought Sports Illustrated was a magazine invented purely to showcase the talents of some of the most beautiful women in the world wearing nought but skimpy swimsuits.
But apparently it has other strings to its bow and when not busy shooting hot models in exotic locations, it occasionally covers sporting events, including baseball, basketball, American football and surprisingly even a bit of 'soccer'.
Even more surprising that a football team, and an English one at that, should appear on the SI website's Five Sports Franchises We Love to Hate list. Creeping in at number five is none other than Chelsea.
SI explains its choice: "After a few years of mediocrity, the Blues were purchased by a billionaire, bought every great player in Europe, installed a coach who called himself "the special one" and spent a few years dominating everyone. The Special One is gone, but that sense of entitlement from their fans remains."
Far be it for ED to deny that Chelsea are a loathsome club, but there are nonetheless a few flaws in SI's argument. First up, is Chelsea really a franchise? Every great player in Europe? Other than Steve Sidwell, it's difficult to think of a truly world class recent recruit. A few years dominating everyone? Do two league titles and a couple of cups over the space of three years really count as dominance?
Perhaps they should stick to the bikinis.
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FOREIGN VIEW: Doubts persist about the seriousness of the Spanish Football Federation's bid to stamp out racism after Atletico Madrid were fined the paltry sum of 3,000 euros following racist chanting at Recreativo Huelva's Florent Sinama Pongolle last weekend. For an example of how to punish those responsible properly, look no further than France, where Metz will have to play behind closed doors when they host Lorient at the weekend after Morocco defender Abdeslam Ouaddou, the Valenciennes captain, was racially abused by a Metz fan in February.
QUOTE OF THE DAY: "I don't think anyone in their right mind seriously thinks it [the Premier League] is boring." Surely the league's chief executive Richard Scudamore isn't insinuating Kevin Keegan is a few sandwiches short of a full picnic?
WHAT'S THAT PHOTO ALL ABOUT? Is it: a) the Eric Cantona School of Martial Arts, Beijing branch, b) the Chinese Ministry of Silly Walks, or c) a group of paramilitary police taking part in a training session in Shenyang ahead of this summer's Olympics? Answers on a postcard.
TALKING POINT: Sepp Blatter's controversial plans go before the European Parliament today. What should they vote for?
COMING UP: Former Manchester United ace Paul Parker's thoughts on this weekend's climactic end to the Premier League season and a spot of live action later on tonight with Roma against Catania in the Coppa Italia and Espanyol v Atletico in La Liga.
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