Wednesday, February 14, 2007

"Its Absolute Bollocks" . C. George .( Artist .)


Football. The world of Pooter people seems odd to me in that sport is almost entirely absent. I have always loved it. My father gave me little choice .
I was a far more serious at rugby player than footballer, without being much good at anything really and Arsenal have been my team, right back to the days of Charlie George . I stood on the North bank on many occasions although I was usually playing , and recently went to the oddly quiet Emirates Stadium. I wouldn’t especially want to bore anyone but I thought this was such a good summary of the state of the game and the actions of the ruling body I couldn’t resist it. Well written to and with bitter passion.




Good Old FIFA Sort Out The Things That Matter

Diving is an endemic problem that seems to get more and more coverage every week. The offside law is a shambles; no-one knows what's happening, least of all the referees. Every corner or free-kick around the box sees defenders pulling shirts or holding attackers. Every game features players gesturing for their fellow professionals to be booked or sent off.

A policeman was killed in Italy less than two weeks ago by rioting fans. A French fireman lost his fingers trying to remove an explosive thrown into the pitch from the crowd. Hooliganism mars Dutch football. Black players are openly abused in Spain and Eastern Europe.

Third-party ownership of players has reduced any sort of control over transfers to a laughing stock. A bung culture apparently dominates the English game, covered up by a media scared to lose their special relationship with clubs. Small clubs are left to rot as big clubs get richer and richer. Television and money run the game. Men like Peter Ridsdale have free rein to bankrupt club after club. The FA Cup draw has been moved to Mondays.

International friendlies cripple squads at crucial parts of the season. The African Nations' Cup snatches away players from top divisions in Europe every two years, and no apparent attempt has been made to find a compromise. The next World Cup is likely to be marred by higher levels of crime than have ever been seen at the world's premier football tournament.

FIFA executives sell tickets on the black market for ridiculous profits. So do a hell of a lot of other people. Football shirts, shorts and boots are made for pennies in third-world sweatshops and flogged for vastly inflated prices. Peter Kenyon still exists.

And I can only applaud the FIFA delegates who have found time to bring in new laws for next season that will see a player celebrating a goal booked for such things as 'cupping his ear with his hand or holding a finger across his mouth in a 'Silence, please' gesture, Klinsmann-type dives or dancing round the corner flag.'
Seriously lads. Well done.”



Charlie George had this to say about it

'I've been a fan myself and I feel you're giving them something back. If you score and just run back to thr halfway line it's absolute bollocks' - Charlie George






How right he was.

2 comments:

electro-kevin said...

Be careful N. You're starting to coax an interest in football in me.

Dooo stop it ! :-)

Newmania said...

I `m not a football bore Kev I just thought it was a really well written piece and theres a chap I work with who writes on a web magazine who found it for me . I don`t think I will be doing that sort of thing again but I was sitting around wondering where to go with this thing given that I need to earn a living !!

The master plan is up

Cheers

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