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Favouritism? FIFA bent their own rules to allow West Ham misfit Javier Mascherano to play for Liverpool.

The association's rules clearly state that a player cannot play for more than two clubs in the same season. Since July, the Argentinian midfielder has played for Corinthians, West Ham and he's now set to play for the Scousers as he got FIFA's licence to do so.

The strange thing is that Milan's Ricardo Oliveira would have been sent to Real on loan but the very same rules which were bent for Liverpool and Mascherano killed this move . Oliveira played for Sao Paulo and Milan and thus he wasn't allowed to join Real Madrid.

Sir Alex Ferguson did not wish to attack Liverpool or the FIFA for it but voiced his concerns.

'They got Mascherano and I don't know how they managed that. They got him on a sort of loan basis and I don't know how it's happened.

'The only thing I can think is that because Brazil's season is different from ours, it is because of that, which is strange.'

Strange, really. That's the best word. I wouldn't have written this article if FIFA had allowed Oliveira to join Real. But they rejected his request and that's strange.

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The Journalist

Writer: Zae Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday February 2 2007

Time: 5:32PM

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I knew the BBC loved them but FIFA... that's news for me.
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02/02/2007 17:47:00

UEFA let us into the CL as well when the rules said we definitely shouldnt! Curse our favouritsm, I wish everyone treated us the same as everyone else like they do with Manchester United :(......That was sarcasm by the way, and Mascherano hasnt been cleared to play yet anyway.
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02/02/2007 18:16:00

Glad it's not just us who think they have a 'weird' favouritism.Mascherano was so good that he barely played.And Corinthians was at the bottom of the league.After Mascherano and Tevez went out, corinthians picked themselves up, and fought their way out of relegation zone.When they arrived at west ham, ham was doing fine.Now West ham is in a dangerous position.Hmmm,wouldn't you guys want tevez as well?
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02/02/2007 19:12:00

yea.... so what...... even brian barwick is a red .. i mean a real red not a dirty black red like you scummy manc tw*ts ....the reason fifa , uefa , fa and every fan apart from chelski an mancy u favor us is that were the BIGGEST ENGLISH CLUB.... 18 TITLES 5 EURO CUPS IN ISTANBUL .... WE WON IT FIVE TIMES.
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02/02/2007 19:13:00

There are factors you didn't mention. Mascherano was never actually owned by West ham but by some MIS company. He also wasn't playing at West ham because the club has to pay for every appearence he makes and he'd have probably played more games otherwise. Just because Ferguson says something doesn't mean all you mancs have to act like sheep and start whining and whinging with him.
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02/02/2007 21:00:00

let them have mascherano. he couldnt do nothing at west ham i doubt he will help liverpool
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02/02/2007 21:20:00

It's hard having an impact when you're not being played. He would have played more games if Westham didn't have to pay for every appearence he made. I'm pretty sure it was only 7 months ago when he was wanted by all the top european teams and Utd fans wanted him quite alot.
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02/02/2007 21:55:00

hmmm im not really sure we wanted a unproven player so where you got that from i do not know.
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03/02/2007 16:17:00

United thought they were gonna sign him after the World Cup rofl
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03/02/2007 16:46:00

thought they were gonna sign him? if we wanted him we would of had him but we never even made a bid
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03/02/2007 21:30:00

What is the infatuation in what Liverpool get and achieve! Jealousy comes to mind!!
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05/02/2007 10:54:00

why, rooneyisgod, do United always get there man? Like Hargreaves, Mikel, Kewell or Torres? I supose you did get Carrick ... for 18 million!!!!!! hahahahaha!
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05/02/2007 11:55:00

Dont forget Essien, Robben, Ronaldinho, Shearer, Diarra and even Massimo Maccarone also snubbed them!
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05/02/2007 12:28:00

Dear ronanoman, I'm perfectly aware of the fact that Mascherano is owned by Media Sports Investment. But that does not matter, he cannot play for three clubs in a season, not even on loan. Anyway, k_chelski is right and you might soon regret getting him. And I still don't know why Oliveira wasn't allowed to join Real, not that I root for him or Los Merengues.
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05/02/2007 15:42:00

maccarone snub us? thats news to me. kewell we never made a bid for torres we never made a bid for mikel signed for us and the way hes playing im glad we let him go essien we never made a bid for and we could of had him a couple of season earlier if we bid. diarra we also never bid for so forget the paper rumours. and look what shearer went on to acheive... nothing no medals with newcastle. and my point with mascherano is we coould of had but never made a bid which is why he settled for west ham
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05/02/2007 20:55:00

man utd suck c*ck
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