Football Notes: Survey Finds Depression Affects Pro English Footballers
A survey by football magazine Four Four Two revealed that depression "affects large numbers of footballers in the English professional game." The survey found that 78% of 100 professionals surveyed "agreed depression is a problem for footballers." The survey also found 43% believe that there are "too many foreign players in the English game, and three-quarters said match tickets are too expensive" (REUTERS, 1/3). ... FIFA President Sepp Blatter said that if the biennial Gulf Cup has any long-term plans of becoming an official FIFA event, "it must be more rigidly organised and work in cooperation with the African Cup of Nations." The region's "most-prestigious int'l football tournament" kicked off in Bahrain on Saturday. Blatter had "nothing but praise" for the event, however, it still does not "have a position on the governing body's int'l calendar." Blatter said its status could change if the tournament organisers can "find a formula to play the cup always at the same time when the African Cup of Nations is played" (THE NATIONAL, 1/6).