By Sir Hardly Anyone
Transfer window times are when journalists and bloggers make prats of themselves, regularly touting stories of transfers, and trying to slide out of any responsibility by citing unknown overseas sources as the origin of the story – omitting to say that these self-same sources are often quoting the English newspapers and their multifarious blogs as the source at the same time.
But all that is mere background to the fact that football journalists continue to fail to ask questions on other serious and important matters in football, day by day.
Take for example (and it is just one example) Tottenham’s stadium. There is a widespread reporting of Mr Levy’s recent comments that, “I should like to apologise to our fans and thank you for your continued patience. The response from those who attended the familiarisation event [on 15 December] was great to hear and reinforced our commitment to deliver an exceptional match-day experience for everyone. We shall now seek clarity in respect of building test schedules and test event dates and provide further information on these in the next two to three weeks.”
What the newspapers are not doing is ask “why?” Why has the entry date been put back and back? It was 15 September, then the end of October, then the end of December and now…
Of course the club aren’t going to say “Yes we cocked up mega big time and got it horribly wrong,” but isn’t that the sort of thing journalists are there to find out? Were Tottenham trying to save a few quid by not using one of the major central contractors? Who made the decision that has led to at least six months delay?
It is rather like the same journalists’ refusal to ask why there has been no VAR working in League matches this season, why there are so few referees that some have already seen the same club four times, and why if we have the best refs in the world none went to the World Cup. And come to that why, no one questioned how the PGMO could claim to have an accuracy level of 98.5% in decision making, and that this would increase by a further 2% come VAR.
Some of the newspapers have reported that Manchester City could be banned from the Champions League, maybe next season, over the FFP situation following the Uefa investigation into the Der Spiegel allegations that the owners personally paid some of the sponsorship deals, which were already over inflated.