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Moreno's Reaction to FIFA

Like all Bolivians, United captain Jaime Moreno is not happy about FIFA's decision to ban high-altitude venues for international matches. Bolivia has played qualifiers in La Paz over the years with mixed results.

"It's terrible because in '97 Brazil beat us in the final in Copa America [in La Paz], so that shows any team that is fit can play the game and can play anywhere."

What about the health concerns?
"So far nobody has died. They don't have any proof to say that it is dangerous for your health. Definitely it is going to affect you as much as playing in 100 degrees."

Does this put Bolivia at a disadvantage?
"It didn't [affect us] in the last qualifying because we lost a lot of games at home. So that showed we didn't have the home advantage anymore. Teams right now are fit enough to play in the altitude so that's not an issue."

Is this a case of big countries using their influence?
"I don't think anyone has a doubt about that. Brazil is Brazil, Argentina is Argentina, they put a request. They are doing this to the people who live there. I don't think it's our fault, to anyone that was born there. People who love the game won't be able to watch it anymore. That is kind of devastating."

I will have more from Jaime on his return to the national team and his Copa prospects on washingtonpost.com later this evening and in the print editions tomorrow.

By Steve Goff  |  May 29, 2007; 1:52 PM ET
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