The news that Premier League Chairman (in their wisdom) have voted to explore a proposal to extend the season to 39 games and play that extra game somewhere in the world is, to put it mildly, an absolute kick in the testicles for every self respecting football fan. Just looking at the football side of things. How is it possibly fair for all?
“It is understood the additional fixtures could be determined by a draw but that the top-five teams could be seeded to avoid playing each other.” So turn the Premier League into a lottery then?
For instance if this farcical idea was to came to fruit and was in operation this season. Who gets to play Derby three times? At the other end of scale who gets to play Man Utd three times? Can you imagine Fergie, Wenger and Benetiz etc whingeing if Chelsea won the league by a point courtesy of playing Derby away in Melbourne, whilst they faced trickier ties versus Spurs or Everton? Imagine Moyles if Everton miss out on a UEFA place after playing Arsenal three times.
Also, who the hell in their right mind would want to see the mighty Premiership roll into their town with the prospect of watching Wigan versus Reading? (No disrespect to those clubs. I’m kind of sticking up for you as well). How is this going to benefit the Wigan “Brand”? Let’s face it, there are only two clubs that most of the world are interested in. The others are strung along by the money carrot.
“Those 10 extra games would be played at five different venues, with cities bidding for the right to stage them. “
I have heard a whole load of positives being spouted by Chairman, all dwarfed by the simple fact that it’s worth a gigantic extra wad of cash. That’s all there is too it. Forget the excuses about benefiting grass roots football etc.
Even Harry Redknapp joked about only one game played in England in a few more years. I’ll wager now that if one game goes ahead in 2010/11 it won’t be long before two/three/four will be played as simply it’s double bubble for the chairman. Cup final in Dubai anyone?
Another positive spouted was that the armchair fan can watch all 10 games of football in his/her own front room over the weekend. If you are the kind of person that will do this you really need to get out a bit more. Will these be pay-per-view? You bet they will. Just to cream a few more pounds out of us.
As fans where does it leave us? I could go into this but I don’t need too. You are fans yourselves and you all understand the implications.
Speaking personally and not representative of any CFCnet visitors or helpers, I believe that we as fans of football, need to make our objections heard.
The worst aspect is of course that we get fed excuses like “it will enhance the strength of the Barclays League as a competition” but deep down we know exactly what it’s all about. Greed, simply that. Just because we are treated like mugs it doesn’t mean that we are mugs.
To start off with please voice your opinion in our forum and I will produce some sort of report/communication to send to the people who it needs to be sent to.
Unfortunately the Premier League, FA and Clubs and even the Police have took the piss out of us and ripped the heart from the game. We should have objected years ago. If this goes ahead this must be the straw that finally breaks the camels back.
I know we have many visitors worldwide who may support the idea but as a season ticket holder and member for the last 22 years I feel I should let my opinion known.
Blue is the Colour, football is our game, let’s remind the money men before they sell it to the highest bidder.