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Europa League round of 16 draw

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Cole: FIFA must crack down on card wavers

Joe Cole claims FIFA have a duty to drive the card-wavers out of football.

Cole was furious with Cristiano Ronaldo and his Portugal team-mates for the antics which led to Wayne Rooney's sending off in the World Cup quarter-final.

He believes England would have to consider using the same dirty tricks if football's authorities were not able to halt the trend.

Cole said: 'That's what you've got to deal with. These teams do it all the time, card-waving.

'It's up to the authorities to sort it because people were supposed to be getting booked for putting their hands up like that.

'It's up to the authorities to sort them out or we will have to sink to their level.

'Let's just hope we can stamp that kind of thing out of football and have a proper fair game. That's what we've got to do.

'It's up to the officials and people who run the game to get their heads together and sort it out.

'They tried to do it and we were told card-waving and things like that you were going to get booked for.

'It didn't seem to happen. We've just got to move on now and try and get a fair game.'

Cole was a substitute when Portugal beat England on penalties in Euro 2004.

This time he started on the pitch but was subbed when Sven-Goran Eriksson sent on Peter Crouch after Rooney's red card in the 62nd minute.

England battled bravely with 10 men but lost again in the shoot-out.

It is the fifth time the country has crashed out of major competitions on penalties.

Cole, despite his anger, admitted England must find ways to improve before they launch their qualifying campaign for the Euro 2008 under Steve McClaren.

The Chelsea midfielder said: 'It's a sickener to go out in any way. We just didn't get the job done. We played well but weren't good enough.

'We didn't win the World Cup. It just wasn't meant to be. We have to look to August now and try an win the European Championships.

'We just have to wait another four years for the World Cup, another two years for the European Championships. That's football. That's life.'