LONDON - A British member of parliament is
demanding an inquiry into the state of English football, branding
the national team's performance at the World Cup "pathetic."
England went to the tournament in South Africa with high
hopes but went out in the second round on Sunday when Germany
trounced them 4-1 in Bloemfontein, their worst World Cup finals
Conservative lawmaker David Amess said on his website that
he was so appalled by England's performance that he filed a
parliamentary motion demanding action.
The motion urges parliament to voice "its great
disappointment at England's pathetic exit from the World Cup
finals" and says the team "let this country and their supporters
It calls for an urgent inquiry into the state of the
national game and says many players in England's highly-rated
Premier League are "grossly overpaid and under-perform."
Football's governing body FIFA jealously guards the game from
FIFA President Sepp Blatter threatened on Tuesday to ban
France's national and club teams from international competition
if French politicians did not stop meddling in football affairs.
Amess's "early day motion" is one of hundreds filed by
members of parliament (MPs) on a wide range of subjects. They
are a kind of petition which other MPs can sign up to but they
are not binding and often do not lead to any action.
So far, just one other MP, Liberal Democrat Mike Hancock,
has backed Amess's motion.
The British media have savaged the England team for their
lacklustre showing, criticised the sub-par performance of many
of its stars, and called into question the future of the team's
Italian coach Fabio Capello.
Many commentators say the Premier League takes precedence in
England at the expense of the national team.
Britain is not the only country where poor results in South
Africa have led to political repercussions.
A senior adviser to Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan
said on Wednesday he had suspended the side from international
competition for two years following their poor performance in
South Africa, where they went out in the first round.
France was consumed by a political inquest after the team
finished bottom of its group.
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