It might be just me but as half the country and all of the charlatans in Downing Street nimbly jump from ‘greed is good’ to ‘lets stop greedy football clubs because it might win votes’, but I really couldn’t care less. Ok, not too big a secret given that an old post of mine has had tens of thousands of views How football sounds to people that just don’t care
As 3 million people in #ExcludedUK are now well into their second year with no help whatsoever, it does rather highlight not just the ‘couldn’t give a sh!t’ness of the government but of the media too.
How can it be too hard to find a way to help 3 million destitute individuals whose taxes are all on computers and yet interfering in the affairs of six private football businesses, ran my very wealth businesspeople, all acting entirely within the law suddenly becomes the most pressing issue in the news?
Whilst I have no time for the billionaires who own our football clubs and believe each team should be owned by the fans and if needed local business-figures, in this instance they aren’t doing anything wrong.
If people are complaining about money, it’s a bit too late for that. Everyone had the chance to reject foreign ownership of football clubs. Back in the early 1990’s the English Premier League was all about greed and money for a select group of clubs and club owners as was the soon to be formed European Champions League.
And of course greed goes much further back, the foundations of the Football League in Victorian times is all because clubs and owners rightly thought they could make more money playing ever week than in the annual FA Cup and unofficial sporting events.
Whilst everything about the proposed European Superleague is an anathema to British and indeed European fans, it follows the standard practice of American sports franchises who put profit very firmly as their goal with none of the excitement of relegations. It’s all about the money.
The special link between English football fans and their teams was broken long ago when for example my team Newcastle United would have players working in the same heavy industries as the thousands who would watch them every Saturday afternoon. Now a weekly footballers wage could easily be more than a life-time salary of some people.
I’d say if the clubs want to play in the Superleague, let them bugger off and never let them back in, or their players either. To me watching football is all about local connections and local rivalries; I have no interest in watching my team playing one in another country let alone paying money to watch 2 teams I don’t support overseas. I’d rather watch two heated local rivalries at a lower professional level and then tease other supporters mercilessly the following week after they lost. If Chelsea beats Barcelona, who really cares? How many Barcelona fans is someone in London going to meet in their office on Monday morning or vice-versa?
It’s one of the many reasons I take little interest in football and prefer Rugby, Snooker, wrestling (maybe not real but the acting is better and the product more exciting) and especially Cricket. Even dull, boring, traditional cricket has its money obsession trying to ruin the game but thats ok, I don’t watch those modern games that are over in a few hours. If Cricket match is worth watching then it’s worth watching for 4-5 days!
Whilst football and sport generally is important to many people, it’s hard to match up how nothing is too much effort for the government to thwart the plans of the football teams who are entitled to do what they please and the absolute desire to ethnically-cleanse private citizens who have been begging for help for over a year and who can be helped in an instant.