YOU’VE DONE THE DAMAGE!
Scu admits image problem thanks to fall guy Sir Dave
SIR DAVE RICHARDS has damaged the image of the Premier League, according to chief executive Richard Scudamore.
But Scudamore is sidestepping questions over whether his colleague should resign.
Premier League chairman Richards caused a storm with comments he made in Doha last week.
He claimed FIFA and UEFA “stole” football from the English and urged Qatar to relax their alcohol laws for the 2018 World Cup, saying: “We would like to go for a pint”.
That came at the start of a forgettable day for the Yorkshireman, who later fell into a water feature at an evening function.
But Scudamore still insisted Richards had been “great for the Premier League”.
Scudamore said: “At the end of the day he’s apologised, he apologised sincerely, he’s rung the people who – if he has offended – he OOPS! Richard Scudamore says Sir Dave Richards has been
great for the Premier League despite making cock-up comments
and falling into a water feature knows he may have offended and he’s dealt with it.
“Clearly, that’s a reflection that he knows what he said was wrong and misguided.
“It doesn’t reflect the Premier League’s views. He’s away on foreign shores.
“It detracts from him, it detracts from the Premier League’s image, I suppose.
“But the reality is he’s done his stint at the Premier League, he’s done a fantastic job and he’s done more for good causes – charity stuff, the stuff that never gets mentioned.
“I’ve had 15 years of working with him, knowing him, admiring him, for who he is and for the bluntness and the directness.
“You know what you get with Dave.
“He said what he said, he knows it wasn’t right to say it, he’s apologised to the people he’s apologised to and I’m moving on.”
Scudamore insisted that it was down to the 20 Premier League clubs to ultimately decide Richards’ fate.