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Van Basten is irritated by conservative attitudes within FIFA

Marco van Basten during his period as Chief Officer for Technical Development of the FIFA annoyed by the conservative attitude within the wereldvoetbalbond. The former topspits felt antagonized and therefore decided in October.

The 54-year-old Van Basten was at the FIFA since 2016 on innovation and technological development, but he noted in that two-year period that the new plans are not in the taste fell in the bond.

“In this way was for me no sense to continue”, says Van Basten Thursday, in conversation with The newspaper de Volkskrant. “Where improvements are possible, you should also do your best to get them to run. That was also the approach. The introduction of the videoscheidsrechter was the FIFA the maximum achievable.”

Van Basten made more strongly for ‘pure play time’ and conceived together with spelregelcommissie IFAB new rules to prevent stalling. He was also in favour of the abolition of offside to the game to make it more attractive, but his ideas were not carried through.

“That is crazy and has me also surprised. Whenever I slightly bring, I was told that it will be very far. You ask me to think, but doesn’t do anything with my proposals. It’s very strange.”

“Not many people are open for changes’

Van Basten noted that, in particular, football in Asia and Africa the not like to on the short term, new rules of the game.

“Who have other problems and therefore is spelregelvernieuwing there will not be a priority. It’s a tough, enclosed world. In FIFA, I experienced that not many people are open to changes,” said Van Basten, who currently mainly annoyed at teams that tijdrekken.

“Atlético Madrid has the spelbederf of art,” says the former coach of Orange. “It is constantly slowing down and killing of a race is the main quality of that team. No one is happy. But everyone is doing it, we have gotten used to it. That’s sick anyway?”

Although many of the ideas of Van Basten on the shelf remained, carried out the FIFA two years ago, but gradually the videoscheidsrechter in. The VAR is this season for the first time in the Premier league and after the winter break, also in the knock-out stages of the Champions League.

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