Friday, February 15, 2008

Even the clown is telling the circus to stay in town

BBC SPORT | Sepp Blatter hostile to Premiership 39th game plan

The president of football's world governing body Fifa has told the BBC that plans by the Premier League to host games abroad will never happen.
Sepp Blatter also warned that the proposal could harm England's attempt to host the 2018 World Cup.

"This does not take into consideration the fans of the clubs and it gives the impression that they just want to go on tour to make some money," Blatter said.

"This will never happen, at least as long as I am the president of Fifa."

It has to be said I am loving this...the greedy money-men are looking massively foolish now. The whole idea of playing a randomly drawn 39th lague game and then having the rest of the world fight over who gets the 'honour' of hosting it was just so repugnant to anyone who knows the game. Kudos to everyone who remembered what footy is all about.

The only thing I can think of is that the whole idea is merely a stalking horse for something else 'cause it was just so bizarre and awkward and at odds with the spirit and integrity of the game.


Norfolk Blogger said...

It's the start of moves towards football franchises, in my opinion.

Stuey said...

The start? Possibly just the icing on the cake. The start was the g14 turning the European Cup into a rich-kids only gravy train (with treble redundant safety nets).

The next move will be the 'big 4' going off on their own and demanding a fortune from Thailand, Malaysia etc etc for their exclusive pre-season bun-fight.

Greg said...

Spot on. The G14 has been slowly strangling footy for years and now the G4 want to apply the final twist of the neck.