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LONDON -- English football authorities are going to great lengths to try to prevent Wednesdays celebratory friendly against Ireland being marred by political chanting and abuse. Youth Eagles Jerseys . The friendly at Wembley Stadium will celebrate the 150th anniversary of Englands Football Association and will be the first time the neighbours have met since the 1995 match in Dublin which was abandoned when English fans rioted. The English Football Association has sent an email written by England coach Roy Hodgson to all ticket buyers, imploring them not to take part in chanting which might offend. "Wembley is considered the world over as the home of football and we ask those attending to not take part in any chanting -- particularly of a religious or political perspective -- which could cause offence to our visitors or fellow fans," Hodgson wrote. England fans can still be heard chanting "No surrender to the IRA" and similar at matches, a throwback to the times of the Troubles when the Irish Republican Army was challenging British rule over Northern Ireland, resulting in about 3,000 deaths over three decades. It was against that background that English fans rioted during the previous friendly at Dublins Lansdowne Road, forcing the abandonment of the game after 28 minutes as the travelling support tore up wooden benches and threw them at home fans. More than 20 people required hospital treatment and over 40 were arrested. Alan Kelly, who is now Irelands goalkeeping coach, was in goal on that day. "It was horrendous ... the mayhem that was caused and the potentially life-threatening injuries some of the supporters could have sustained," Kelly recalled on Monday. "Some of the debris that came down from the stands was truly horrific. "Unfortunately, I was on the pitch and saw it turn into a riot." The political and sectarian strife in Northern Ireland and between the two nations has eased considerably since 1995 but there will be large numbers of police and stewards and Wembley on Wednesday to guard against any repeat of crowd violence. "Football has moved on and made great strides (since 1995)," Kelly said. "Weve got to be vigilant in terms of what could happen in terms of the fans but, listen, its 150 years of the FA we are celebrating. "We are delighted to be part of that, everyone wants to see a fantastic football game and thats what we want the game to be remembered for." Wembley did, however, witness an outbreak of disorder at an FA Cup semifinal last month when Millwall fans fought with stewards and each other during a loss to Wigan. And in 2011, a Wales supporter was killed in an attack outside Wembley by an England fan, who was later jailed for three years. For the most part, though, the once habitual hooliganism of England fans has passed, with fans travelling the world without major incidents for more than a decade. "Long before I came into the job I knew that the behaviour and reputation of England fans has developed into something we all should be very proud of," said Hodgson, who has been England coach for a year. "World Cups in South Africa and Germany in the last decade are shining examples of this. "So I hope everyone who follows England understands that position has been built by many fans over a long period of time and sadly it can be undone very quickly by a minority." The last England-Ireland match to be completed ended in a 1-1 draw in March 1991 -- four years before that dark night in Dublin. "A lot has changed in both countries and football, and that has created a different culture about sport," Ireland coach Giovanni Trapattoni said. 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Any change for 2017 would require an agreement with the players association, which is skeptical. Membership is split.I think its kind of outrageous what theyre trying to do with the strike zone, Los Angeles Dodgers left-hander Alex Wood said. Obviously, Im biased. Im a pitcher. But at the same time, its shrunk drastically, maybe even in the last five or six years.Baseball people talk about the strike zone the way most discuss the weather: constant complaints about hard-to-fathom change.Wood threw 11.9 percent of his pitches last year at the bottom of the strike zone, according to Fangraphs, which defined the lowest portion as between 1.5 and 1.75 feet off the ground. That was the highest-percentage in the major leagues, just ahead of Minnesotas Kyle Gibson at 11.3 percent and Mileys 11 percent.When the strike zone was last changed, umpires took years to adjust.MLB has used computer software to track umpires strike zones since 2001, which has helped bring the umpiring staff into closer alignment on balls and strikes. Umpires receive a grade now after every game worked behind the plate, and that has resulted in an expansion of the strike zone over much of the past decade.Any adjustment to a new rule-book definition would take time.Theyd have to start in the minor leagues. I think for some of the guys to try to adjust to a new strike zone is going to be chaotic, said umpire Bob Davidson, who worked his first big league game in 1982. I hope they just leave it the way it is. I think we call it now the way the rule book states.Offense has increased this season. Through Thursdays games, the big league batting average is .256, the highest for a first half since 2010, and teams have combined for 2.31 homers per game, the most in the first half since the Steroids Era peak in 20000. Green Eagles Jerseys. But one trend remains constant: strikeouts.Teams combined to average 15.95 strikeouts per game in June, the third-highest month in major league history behind September 2015 (15.96) and April 2016 (16.26), according to the Elias Sports Bureau. The last 28 months dating to September 2011 are the highest-strikeout 28 months in big league history.Were at an interesting time in the game, Gibson said. I think they should ask players about strikeouts and how much they care about strikeouts because I dont think its as frowned-upon as it used to be -- because a guy whos striking out a lot is probably also hitting a lot of homers. And if you ask anybody in here if theyll take a 150-strikeout and 30-homer year, theyre going to say, yeah, sign me up.The strike zone has changed many times -- by definition, not just opinion, like Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon calling Laz Diazs zone last weekend amorphic. The top was moved from the armpits to the top of the shoulders ahead of the 1963 season, then lowered before 1969 following a drop in offense and redefined in 1988 as the midpoint between the top of the shoulders and the top of the uniform pants.If the bottom came up, would the top come up, too? said Toronto pitcher R.A. Dickey, the 2012 NL Cy Young Award winner. If they want to introduce an era of better offense, then that would be one way to go, for sure. Because if youre having to elevate balls, thats right into the swing path of most hitters.But just raising the bottom alone likely would result in only a slight change.I think thats a tough pitch for umpires to call already. Not only are they blocked a little bit by the catcher, but the pitches that I throw down there arent straight four-seamers. Theyre sinking down already, Gibson said. I think most of those probably arent called strikes. Theyre probably groundballs or swings and misses or foul balls. ... But, yeah, raising the strike zone for me is going to be a little more difficult, depending on how they call that. But its just like any other rule change. Just like the slide rule at second. Im going to have to make an adjustment and hopefully its not an adjustment that causes me to get hit a whole lot. Cheap NFL Jerseys China Wholesale Jerseys 2018 Cheap Jerseys 2019 Cheap Jerseys Free Shipping Wholesale Jerseys From China Wholesale Jerseys 2020 Wholesale Jerseys Free Shipping ' ' '