Yesterday I read this.
” Manchester United’s troubled defence of the Premier League title is harming the English flight’s world wide brand, says competition’s chief executive Richard Scudamore ” he said “ It’s a double-edged sword.when your most popular club isn’t doing well, that costs you interest and audience in some places ”
Two or three years ago I suggested on ACLF that it was in the interests of the Premier League , that MUFC continued to win . I also suggested that with the huge sums of money at stake trough Sky and other broadcasters there is every possibility that they had been given a helping hand over the years.
Obviously I was attacked and accused of making up conspiracy theories and told to sit in the corner with some tin-foil on my head. I was “just making up excuses“.
The fact that penalties against MUFC were almost as rare as Chicken’s teeth was dismissed as mere coincidence.
That they were allowed to foul us at will , while a sideways glance at one of their players got our lads a booking was just incompetence by a nervous referee.
But it went on for 20 years. The same things over and over.
Remember Vidic tipping over the crossbar with the assistant Ref looking right at at ? It was a great save , but fucking hell !
But people assumed I was saying it because I was an Arsenal fan. When the reality was it happened to evey team they played.
Well I hate to say I told you so but I told you so
When you are selling a product, such as the Premier League, it helps to have a flagship club. That was United.
Just look at Golf. When Tiger Woods is out the viewing figures are down together with course attendances. Why? Because he is the PGA’s flagship player. And they will help him in any way they can, because its to their benefit.
The Premier League needed MUFC to be successful, I believe they made it so.
Where there is muck there is brass.
I cant for the life of me think of any massively rich institution where there has not been skullduggery ,illegality and corruption when there are large amounts of money to be made.
Governments all over the world- corrupt
Churches all over the world throughout the ages-corrupt
Time and again, we see the evidence of this
Sport then? You bet your life !
Cheating and corruption being exposed with monotonous regularity.
Just recently we have had Cycling, Swimming, Snooker, Horse racing, Cricket, Rugby, Boxing and on and on.
Well hell yes.
Not on Hackney Marshes, but in Italy, one of the world super powers in the game.
Of course that could never happen in England though ? Eh? What with the English being so free of such greedy bastards?
Oh, it could you say?
But it doesnt. Or at least its yet to be proven. But seriously, what are the chances its not when everything else in this country seems to be ?
Its not just MUFC that I feel there has been a dark hand in, oh no !
The Premier league is watched(and paid for by subscriptions to Sky and all) by millions of people world wide. That’s of £billions of income. Its sold as an exciting and close league. Where any team can beat any other team. Thats why its the most sold League worldwide. That image must be maintained to keep sales up. It has to be competitive and blood and thunder. Thats the “hot spot” selling point.
I believe if Referees applied the rules as they should it would be far less competitive. It would become like La Liga where the big clubs routinely dispatch the lesser teams without breaking sweat.
This would have a terrible effect on their ability to sell games.
The English game is about “power and pace” (thanks for that Mr. Hansen) because they make sure it is. Not because its good (the England team has proven that for almost 50 years now) but because it sells. Nothing can be allowed to damage that selling point, especially some intellectual French bloke and his team of sissies .
Play blood and thunder football or play at a disadvantage. That’s my opinion.
Of course City and Chelsea did go some way to altering the landscape. They started introducing new selling points ,like Galacticos . They greased the wheels and have also benefited. Again the huge sums of cash they injected helped the League sell itself.
I know we don’t like to believe it but City got into the Champions League that first year by benefiting hugely from Referees being lenient and generous toward them and the opposite with their treatment of Spurs. Spurs were the better team and the Refs effected about a 12 point swing in City’s favour. Coincidence ? Yeah right !
In short, I cant prove it , but I’d bet my life the game in England is bent.
Written by pedantic george @Blackburngeorge.