I’ve noticed a few pundits state that it would be ‘unfair’ on fans of the ‘big six’ if their clubs were handed points deductions or European bans for their involvement in the shameless Super League, insisting nothing should be done as a result.
In 2009, Crystal Palace were handed a 10-point reduction by the Premier League after falling into administration. This was unfair on fans.
West Ham were punished with what remains a world record fine for their dodgy business with Tevez and Mascherano. This was unfair on fans.
Numerous teams such as Bolton, Coventry and Portsmouth have experienced financial difficulties and have received point deductions etc. because of that. This was unfair on fans.
Every single time that club owners get up to some sort of mischief or mismanage the club, the fans suffer. This is unfortunately part of football that sadly needs to exist so that it deters greedy businessmen from taking advantage of the clubs and damaging the livelihoods of fans.
Quite frankly, these rules are a necessary evil. I don’t agree with all of them and the fact that teams like Bolton, Coventry and Portsmouth have suffered the way they have, proves that the rules aren’t perfect but the general idea of the rules in place is that teams can succeed and thrive in some sort of way.
The problem that has arisen is that the Super League proposal has shown how against the rules, the owners of these top clubs are.
These owners have tried to pull the clubs away from their fans and into a non-competitive system so that they can line their own pockets. It’s unfair on the fans of the clubs and it would be unfair to fans of the clubs if they were to be docked points, banned from transfers etc. etc. It is however, a necessity.
I feel bad for those fans and I applaud the ones who so fervently fought back against it but the owners need to feel the consequences of their actions.
Florentino Perez has been quoted recently saying “The Super League is not dead, it’s on stand-by and we’ll work on the project. All 12 founder clubs signed the same contract.”
We should all be wary of this.
For too long, the owners of these clubs have tried to take advantage of football in the most underhand and disgusting ways.
We, as Newcastle fans, have experienced the corrupt manner in which they lobbied against our proposed takeover and helped thrust us all into a distressing limbo.
If the six Premier League clubs of The Super League are punished then it will be unfair to the fans, but it is a necessity and I’m sure there are a number of fans from those clubs that would agree with me.
These owners need to know that they can’t mess with our game, our love, our passion.