The new 2020/21 TV deal in Germany is said to be bringing in 100 to 150 million euros less than was expected because of the “very dark” scenario facing international marketing. Advertising income, TV rights, sponsorship money, it is all going down.
And he added ominously, “At the moment, a lot of players in the Bundesliga are happy that they have an employer.”
None of this seems to be touching England, which is rather like the situation in which the UK media won’t notice the war that has broken out in terms of Fifa and international football. Just funny foreigners doing their thing. So in England all is ok.
Except we know it isn’t, at least financially. Yes money is being spent, but in the Championship there is a growing awareness that they simply don’t have the resources to carry on. And of course given that we don’t have rules restricting how much clubs can spend, their owners can take huge gambles while living in the fantasy world that their club is “too big to fail.”
And then, here’s another very strange thing. The Telegraph newspaper which for a number of years was the go-to paper for the PGMO whenever it wanted to make one of its very occasional statements to the public (such as when the claimed they were 98% accurate, and then later claimed that VAR made them 2.5% more accurate), is now saying something against PGMO.
Consider this headline:
Referees may have been told to ignore the handball law
He then argues that “English referees’ chief Mike Riley has told his whistlers to revert to last season’s interpretation of handball for this term.”
The Daily Mail is there as well saying, “The Premier League is plagued by confusion over what is and is not handball – Mike Riley must explain to mangers and players what will lead to a penalty.”
They add that Riley “needs to explain to managers, players, media and fans what will lead to a penalty. He must explain why Manchester United’s Victor Lindelof was penalised for handball when no one in a Crystal Palace shirt even appealed…. Explain why Arsenal’s Gabriel was not penalised against West Ham for something similar…. Explain why a penalty can be awarded to Southampton for Matt Doherty handling the ball after it deflected off Tottenham team-mate Harry Winks’s foot.
“Until he does that, coaches will continue to complain, players will look perplexed on the pitch, and fans will be frustrated. We cannot have that…”
“In the case of Doherty, the interpretations on handball given by IFAB and FIFA state it is an offence if a player handles the ball when making his body ‘unnaturally bigger’ unless he is making a deliberate action to play the ball.”
OK it is a fairly minor thing compared to some of the chaos that PGMO causes by what it does in terms of restricting the number of referees and having the same referee oversee the same team over and over and over again.
But it is a start first to recognise the PGMO is out there, second that it manipulates the game to its own ends, which are never revealed, and third is takes its own line away from IFAB rules when it feels like it – leaving England as the only country playing to variant rules.
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