ALL BUNGED UP
Published in the league match v Carshalton Athletic Tuesday 26th September. We lost 2-0
Shock, horror I nearly fell out of my armchair. Last week a TV programme informed us that dodgy people are involved in football, making money out of the game illegally, while managers are taking bungs and players are being approached when they shouldn’t. I just couldn’t believe. Just what, as I watch on the terraces with my rattle and Bovril, has happened to the beautiful game?
Of course Sports minister Richard Caborn talked tough "Everyone was saying we would not root out cheats in sport on anti-doping but we are doing that systematically. What has been discussed is a new licensing which every club will have to sign up to and if they break the rules there will be consequences."
Of course those tough-taking hard decision making men at the FA would be the ones dishing out consequences and they are going to launch - an investigation! But as one agent put it they couldn’t organise a…– well just look at the
The top levels of football are a business and that’s why, just as I wouldn’t cheer on my local Tesco’s store, I won’t support Man United/Chelsea etc PLC. Unfortunately with football being so high profile, non league isn’t immune either to dodgy dealers.
No, the real scandal is the lack of money trickling down to the lower reaches of the football world. It’s the dodgy chairman who get involved in football clubs and bankrupt them. The parasitic agents who make money by creating player unrest (they make more money the more their players are transferred) inflating players wages, and ultimately increasing prices at the turnstiles.
And the cost of being a football fan just keeps rising – and fast. A fan that just goes to home games can expect to spend £1,130 a season, if you include a pint of lager, some food, a programme, replica shirt, transport and pay-per-view costs. Infact 'football fans inflation' is up 8.7 per cent in the last three months. And for what? While the media pundits talk up the excitement of the Premiership everyone knows it’s a sham. Statistics show that 89% of supporters believe only the wealthiest clubs will win the title now and in the future. Even the majority of fans of the 'big five' - Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester United,
So what could the FA do about making the Premiership more equal? Well, we have to look across the pond to those commie hating Yankies for the answer. If you ignore the Franchise bit, the National Football League’s most famous feature is the salary cap introduced in 1994; a limit set yearly on how much each team can spend on the wages of playing and coaching staff. The cap is based not on a percentage of a club's turnover, but a figure calculated by the governing body which may be exceeded by no team. Breaking the cap can, as
Of course the cap would have to be rolled out across