It is interesting that there are occasions when it seems to me that the FA and EPL ought to do something (to maintain the balance as it were) and they don’t. For example there are the regular attacks by clubs such as Manchester Bankrupt and the Tiny Totts against refs. We heard a lot of this over last weekend, but rarely, if ever, do they get called to account.
This was brought into focus when I watched the film of Arsenal winning the league title at Manchester Bankrupt’s ground. If you watch the opening ten minutes of that game you see the most awful assaults on Arsenal players and yet the ref does nothing and I don’t recall the EPL taking the tactics up.
I’m tempted to take the issue back to the early days of Arsenal as a professional club, when the FA forbad other London teams (all of them amateur) from playing Arsenal in any competition but the FA Cup.
Woolwich Arsenal brought professional football to London, and indeed Henry Norris (who bought the club 99 years ago) regularly called them “London’s senior professional team”.
I’m not going to suggest that the original feud still goes on, but it really doesn’t look like a very even playing field in terms of the way in which different clubs are treated by the powers.
On a different matter… my apologies if you have written a comment to Untold Arsenal and then found it did not appear.
I would reassure you, all pieces that debate or discuss concerns of this site do get published. The problem is that in the last week the site has come under attack from a group of people who have worked out a way to get through the usual sort of wall that sites have in order to post inappropriate pieces.
For the moment, if you put a link anywhere in your post, it will be held for moderation, no matter how many posts you have sent through before, just while I work out the best way to fix this. I try and moderate fairly regularly, but there is the small matter of work and family affairs to get on with, so there can be delays. Sorry if it causes a problem – I will get it sorted.