As anyone who has been an official in a Professional competitive league well know, the political and moral decrepitude and turgidity that officiating at a high level entails is astounding.
But then add to that the following:
1) Top game officials have the potential to clandestinely alter the outcome of any match without much fallout,especially in the EPL. Your excellent research and monitoring of said gentlemen aside, nobody of importance seems to care or even be listening. Officials are the people who have the most power in the Game, where even a 30 goal scorer like RVP cannot influence a game as easily as any official can.
2) The PGMOL is the most incestuous,¨self-policing¨ and inbred officiating organism in the British game today. Where else in the civilized world would you find such a sheltered, protected old boys Club outside of Wall street? The ¨benefits¨ that can accrue to the leader of the PGMOL if he or she chooses to take advantage of them, are mind-boggling and so easily hidden under layers of obfuscation, plausible deniability and protected anonymity that there is little if any risk of being exposed.
3) The British media consistently spin questionable practices and influence peddling accusations into the diametrically opposite unreality, so much so that we can no longer believe anything they write or perhaps hope to find someone who will actually investigate such aberrations openly and honestly. At least there is still a slim hope that a truly open, courageous web site like UA and Referee Decisions will shine a light on such practices and expose those involved to public scrutiny.
4) The class structure in Britain (which is very firmly implanted in the social life of every Brit despite denials from those same privileged classes) actively works to protect the privileged few and the rich, regardless of where they hail from (and they are usually one and the same) and to avoid any politically uncomfortable fallout from their shenanigans, perceived or real. In actual fact, in a peculiarly eccentric British quirkiness, such questionable behaviours may get one knighted in Britain.
5) The historic fact of Britain being the home of the Game renders a certain ¨untouchable status¨ to these green shores in the minds of those who manipulate and manage Football here. And certainly this is a cornerstone of many myths about British ¨fair play¨and transparency. This attitude of chauvinistic inviolability and impunity from corruption is both adolescent in its naivete and absolute protective cover for those whose skills in the dark arts of corruption, money laundering and influence-peddling far exceed the will and abilities of those seeking to protect the Game from such aberrants.
6) The vast amounts of money bandied about from League and Club sporting activities, legalized and illegal gambling, player and agent transfer fees, the CL and EL pay-offs, merchandising and media contracts, sponsorships and player/management PR appearances,etc. present a fertile ground for corruption, cronyism, nepotism, criminal and unethical profiteering by shadowy creatures infesting our Game.
Criminals can function under the radar, secure in their certainty that the authorities, for all of the above reasons, and out of a false sense of purity, will eagerly avoid and ignore the worsening signs worldwide and even those on home soil.
7) The partisanship and rather myopic navel-gazing that most supporters of EPL Clubs seem to engage in, leaves little time or interest in pursuing a common agenda against abuses in the Game. Wenger repeatedly raises issues that are dismissed out of hand by his fellow managers, the British media and many fans as being the whining of a filthy Frog foreigner.
All and sundry remain isolated in their self-centered realms and comfortable cocoons, convinced of the sacredness of British Football, despite constant reminders that their daily Game is battered and vulnerable to the very same excesses, abuses, aberrations and illegal activities they decry in the rest of world football.
Great Britain is certainly NOT immune to or immunized from the stain of such excesses, abuses, aberrations and illegal activities currently plaguing many other nations. This stain is spreading; it is being discovered in the smallest and biggest footballing nations worldwide and has become a major concern to Fifa (they have much to hide), Uefa and particularly the European Union and Interpol, as well as some authorities in Britain itself.
The jingoistic attitude that far too many Brits have about the snow-white nature of British Football has been rocked by the Ranger’s fiasco and far too many club mismanagement and bankruptcies, managerial duplicity and police cover ups to retain its blinkered, rose-coloured glasses for much longer. Arsene Wenger has,once again, warned those who continue to live in their British Disneyland, that the looming economic and financial crises in Europe and thus worldwide will fatally impact British Football for a long time to come.
Of course he will be ignored once again, because he is a ¨Gallic Chicken-Little¨ crying ¨Loup…loup¨ (wolf), as all those in the know have unfailingly and incessantly failed to prove!
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- Fulham 0 Arsenal 1; the league table.
- Fulham v Arsenal. An underwater game with no point 8.
- Calciopoli – Could it happen in the Premier League? – Part 1
- Club finances
- Woolwich Arsenal: The club that changed football – Arsenal’s early years
- Making the Arsenal – how the modern Arsenal was born in 1910
- The Crowd at Woolwich Arsenal FC: crowd behaviour at the early matches
- Royal Arsenal: from the Common to the Manor. Coming next.