By Tony Attwood
It is a total tragedy that the bloggettas and the rest of the media largely ignored last night’s under 21 game between England and Scotland, or else if reporting it hardly registered Eddie Nkehtiah’s contribution of two goals and a perfect assist. The game was life and free on TV in England so journalists should have seen it, and for anyone who did the ability and class of Eddie was there for all to see. Eddie 3 Scotland 1 in fact, and worth watching the final of the tournament which I imagine will also be on the Free Sports channel.
But if Eddie plays like that again, don’t expect any media coverage.
Meanwhile the stories are all about money. Aston Villa have run out of it, Crystal Palace have failed to submit any tax returns at all for reasons that will soon be explained as an “administrative error” (because that’s what everyone says, as if that makes it all right), and Chelsea were the only one of the 19 Premier League clubs that did manage to put their tax returns in on time, who made a loss.
What is interesting about Villa is that they used to an owner who ran things according to the law and by the book, but protested like mad about him. He had enough of the abuse and sold out, and now they find that their chief executive Keith Wyness has been suspended allegedly after suggesting that there was a hole in their accounts.
Of course if Villa had beaten Fulham they would have had the windfall of a season in the Premier League, but with that not materialising they have to look forward to another year of Championship income. And they seem to be in breach of the regulations in position in that League as well – which presumably means they will be selling a few players, thus making it harder to get out of the division.
In fact the club is squeezed: the rich man isn’t delivering the cash, while they have managed to break the League’s rules on finances. It is reported in some papers that Villa have been asking those who owe them money to pay up before the due date, in return for discounts.