For the love of foot­ball, please just leave it alone

Viet Nam News - - LIFE&STYLE -

On pa­per they sound like mouth­wa­ter­ing matches, but spare a thought for the Burn­leys, Bournemouths and Ever­tons of this world who will in all but name be rel­e­gated to a sec­ond tier.

But more im­por­tantly, spare a thought for the fans who will ef­fec­tively be priced out of watch­ing their team play in the flesh.

I’ve a for­mer work col­league who ran up a ridicu­lous amount of debt by watch­ing Manch­ester United play in Europe back in the early 2000s. He’s prob­a­bly still pay­ing off the in­ter­est on his credit cards now. He would say it was worth it.

So who are the win­ners in all of this? TV com­pa­nies will no doubt all be bid­ding to show the matches each week and will un­doubt­edly in­crease their sub­scrip­tion charges.

The clubs, that al­ready do ok mon­ey­wise, will be mak­ing more. The play­ers them­selves, or the good ones at least, will be able to de­mand more money each week. And the bil­lion­aire own­ers of the elite teams will, well, make more bil­lions.

It stinks of greed. It is un­nec­es­sary and will ruin the game for those that love it the most.

This week a fu­neral ser­vice is tak­ing place in Thai­land for Le­ices­ter City chair­man Vichai Sri­vad­dhanaprabha who trag­i­cally lost his life in a heli­copter crash last month.

He did the im­pos­si­ble at Le­ices­ter City and turned a below av­er­age Premier League team into Cham­pi­ons. Some say that feat will never be re­peated.

If the foot­balling Gods in their Ivory Tow­ers have their way and cre­ate a su­per league, it won’t for sure. — VNS

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