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Stop complaining about non-existent problems when there are real problems around

FUTfacts has become widely known for our refutations to the scripting, momentum and handicapping conspiracy theories. I have more than once been called gullible, naive or an EA shill because I don’t buy into these ideas.

We challenge these beliefs because we want the truth to prevail. The community doesn’t become a better place by spreading unfounded rumors. But having said that, there is an even weightier  concern: Namely the fact that these discussions about non-existent problems tend to remove the attention from real problems with FIFA, with EA and with the business model that many of us are entangled with.

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Believing in scripting may derive from a poor understanding of football

Why do people believe in scripting and it’s two buddies, handicapping and momentum? It’s fair to assume that the same psychological mechanisms causing people to believe in other conspiracy theories are present in the minds of scripting believers as well. However, the scripting conspiracy theory could be driven by a fundamental lack of understanding of not only FIFA but also football in general. Here is why.


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The worst and funniest arguments we have encountered

Being part of the scripting debate can be an interesting experience. Some of the arguments that people put up to defend their ‘religion’ are simply out of this world. Per suggestion from one of our readers, we decided to bring you this bouquet of examples of some of the more absurd statements we have come across.

Petr Cech probably never wore a tin foil hat

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When every tackle ends up with the opponent

Notorious Youtuber NepentheZ published the clip below showing something apparently odd and hence suspicious: Four consecutive tackles, and every time it ended up with the opponent, who ended up scoring. Bad luck of scripting? We did the maths.

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Did Aaron McHardy admit that momentum exists?

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Back in 2012, FIFA’s game play producer, Aaron McHardy, made this interview with FIFAsoccerblog. In the interview, he touched upon the topic of momentum, which at that time was a hot topic in the community. A recurring claim about that interview is that Aaron McHardy admitted that momentum once was part of the game. But what did Aaron McHardy actually say in that interview? Did he say anything, which could be considered evidence supporting that momentum exists in the game today? We decided to investigate.

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