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Nov 10 15 11:22 AM

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Hong Kong v Macau in this year's Interport (the 71st) on 14.11

Hong Kong is using their B team.

However, FIFA has it as an A match (despite Hong Kong also playing on 12.11 and 17.11 in FIFA World Cup qualifiers).  This violates the "more than 2 matches in one FIFA window" regulation (as well as Hong Kong playing with their B team, which should disqualify the match from inclusion anyway).

This match passed through FIMA (FIFA's match authorisation department) with no problems - which shows me that they are not doing their job properly, considering their only task is to check these regulations and authorise matches.  Anyway, I've told them - let's see if they "unofficialise" the match.
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Nov 10 15 12:52 PM

If both sides wants to give thismatch the official A-status, this is not a problem for me. More of such kind of matches are full A-internationals. Nevertheless we can ask what FIFA regulations are worth if even their match authorisation department violates its own rules.

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Nov 10 15 5:10 PM

Really, they could have one person doing a combined job (looking for new matches, checking matches, authorising matches, putting matches on the website), but instead they have about 10 or more people, sometimes not all "on the same page", and this results in communication problems and errors.

You will also notice on the Guam association page, they have 2 separate venues for Guam's World Cup qualifying matches, but in reality, they were all played at the Guam FA Training Center.
http://www.fifa.com/associations/association=gum/

This is a result of the "FIFA qualifiers" department not having proper communication with the "FIFA updates" department. In fact, the FIFA qualifiers team sent a very rude e-mail to the updates team which basically said "we do not want people outside FIFA e-mailing us to tell us about errors, it is very annoying!" (by "people outside FIFA", they mean freelancers actually working WITH FIFA on similar data) . So, I wrote an e-mail back to them to tell them that there was no need to be rude, and if they stopped making errors, then they wouldn't have the problem. I have no time for people who think they are "above" other people. In the end, they corrected the errors (thanks to the freelancers' info). smiley: ohwell

Last Edited By: TheRoonBa Nov 10 15 6:11 PM. Edited 2 times.

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Nov 10 15 9:11 PM

Someone wrote to me and I corrected 3 football results recently, which I had correct in my offline spreadsheets, but had copied wrongly to the website. Certainly cannot see why it would be annoying to be corrected.

Incidentally, the mistakes that were on my site were:

27/09/2010 Yemen 3 – 1 Palestine (WAFF Championship – Amman / Jordan) => I had 2 – 1
26/11/2010 Oman 0 – 0 United Arab Emirates (Gulf Cup of Nations – Aden / Yemen) I had 1 – 1
16/06/2013 Guinea 1 – 0 Zimbabwe (FIFA World Cup qualification – Conakry / Guinea) => I had 2 – 0

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Nov 11 15 2:58 PM

I expect the Hong Kong-Macau match to disappear from FIFA.com soon, as if it never existed.

I felt transparency was necessary in this case so as not to appear hypocritical, and also to show that human error occurs not only in bureaucratic situations ;-)

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Nov 12 15 4:45 PM

TheRoonBa wrote:
I have no time for people who think they are "above" other people.
Tell me about it. I once worked in a council teacher's payroll department and so many people there seemed to have an inflated sense of self-importance about their role, that for a lot of them was only slightly above my entry-level position and probably something where a half-decent computer system could render most of them obsolete, people there were making decisions that mainly just confused/complicated the process further and were put in place so they could be seen to be doing something.

I made a huge mistake by turning down a much better-paid and more challenging job for going to that place - I should have seen the warning signs when one of the interview questions they asked me was "how are you with your ABCs?" smiley: indifferent.

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