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Podcast: Rant by EPL chairman Dave Richards over the origin of soccer only reinforces stereotypes

Martin Rogers
Yahoo Sports

This week's edition of the Yahoo! Soccer Podcast, in conjunction with World Football Daily, focuses on the latest incident to dent English soccer's reputation around the footballing world.

English Premier League chairman Dave Richards let rip in an extraordinary rant this week, claiming that control over the beautiful game had been "stolen" by two world and European governing bodies, FIFA and UEFA.

[Podcast: Dave Richards' rant is discussed by Rogers, Pearlman]

The origins of soccer are disputed, with some believing it began in the United Kingdom with others insisting its foundations came from China.

Either way, Richards' obnoxious remarks will do nothing to shift worldwide opinion of the English soccer hierarchy as being arrogant and out of touch. British author and analyst Michael Pearlman joins me to discuss the resulting furor on this week's edition.

"England gave the world football," said Richards, who later apologized. "It gave the best legacy anyone could give. We gave them the game. For 50 years, we owned the game. We were the governance of the game. We wrote the rules, designed the pitches and everything else.

"Then, 50 years later, some guy came along and said you're liars and they actually stole it. It was called FIFA. Fifty years later, another gang came along called UEFA and stole a bit more.

"[Soccer] started in Sheffield 150 years ago. We started the game and wrote the rules and took it the world. The Chinese may say they own it, but the British own it and we gave it to the rest of the world."

Pearlman joins me to discuss the potential repercussions of the Richards saga, and Spanish-based soccer commentator Graham Hunter also chimes in to give a European view.

World Football Daily colleague Casey Keirnan then will introduce a new segment – "Why Casey Is Wrong" – and I attempt to shoot down a series of bold soccer statements in 30 seconds or less. Finally, I give my predictions for the big games for the week ahead.

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