Fifa has slated New Zealand over refusing a visa to the Fijian goalie whose father-in-law happens to owrk for the fijian military police.
The same prinicpal, I guess, state media employees must not have boyfriends working for the National Party.
But FIFA, the worl'd governing body for soccer, has dished up some strong criticism of the New Zealand government, as it canvcelled this weekend's game between Fiji and the All Whites on Auckland's North Shore.
"Football is truly a global game and to have a match involving political interference sets a bad precedent," said Oceania Football Confederation general secretary Tai Nicholas.
Winston Peters, meanwhile, is "disappointed" by Fifa's move.
Now, I wonder whether such sporting bans will actually benefit people in Fiji or is it just another feel good move by the government to make it think it is doing something.
Of course, sport has often been used as a weapon in politics, but regardless of human rights abuses in China, I guess we'll still be taking part in the 2008 Beijing Olympics, and allowing Chinese sports people play here too, regardless of their family connections.