By Tony Attwood
So the richest people in football want to form a super league of their own, beyond the realms of Fifa. What could possibly be wrong with that?
“Everything,” scream the people who currently make money out of football – Fifa, the media…
Which when you come to think of it is a bit odd, because suddenly, out of nowhere Fifa and the media have become the good guys, opposing the theft of “our” game. And that is so odd, surely it is worth pausing to consider. How did Fifa become the good guys?
The fact is that there is a huge amount wrong with football at the moment. So much I can’t possibly cover it all, but we might consider just five things that are so utterly wrong just now
First, Fifa, surely the most corrupt sporting organisation on the planet.
Second the UK media with its abject refusal to cover certain topics, its innuendo accusations, its endless stream of factual inaccuracies, the way it kowtows to the PGMO – and Fifa,
Third the way that multi-billionaires can take over clubs and ensure that they come to dominate football.
Fourth the way refereeing is run in the Premier League – a way quite different from refereeing elsewhere and the way it has persuaded the media never to discuss its activities.
Fifth the way important causes are manipulated. Yes Black Lives Matter, oh but Pakistani lives don’t when they are lost building stadia for the next world cup, because well, its the world cup and it’s ok for our players to go to the world cup, even though immigrant workers were treated appallingly in the building of the stadia.
But now, in this fight between the mega rich club owners and the rest, suddenly Fifa and the media are presenting themselves as the good guys, the protectors of our game, the ones who will save our game for us. Forget Black Lives Matter – now it is FIFA MATTERS.
All you have to do is pause for one second and just think of this. Fifa is being presented as the saviour of the game. Fifa, an organisation so corrupt that the US cavalry once stormed its building and took away a load of its fat cats. An organisation so inept that even though a little group of fans running Untold Arsenal predicted exactly how, where and when the FBI were going to invade Fifa’s HQ, and got it totally right, Fifa still didn’t know it was going to happen!
What we are seeing at the moment with the denouncement by Fifa and the media of the new super league is one of the most clever bits of PR in the history of football. Fifa, the most corrupt and appalling organisation in the entire history of sport, are the good guys!
Don’t take any of this to mean that I’m in favour of the super league run by the super rich – of course not. If it comes to pass, refereeing under PGMO rules will look like heaven, Fifa will be cast as the guys running a really tight ship, and the media will forget about their objections as soon as the first transfer stories are invented.
It is tempting of course to say that if it comes to pass there will be some good bits come out of that. Fifa will be cast low, the media will wake up to what is really happening on the pitch… but no. Can you imagine the media not covering this new league fully, just as it covers the Premier League?
And most likely the new league will open its own TV channel – a channel that will make Sky and BT look balanced!
Can you imagine the new refereeing association that runs the control of the new super league being not open to corruption? It will make PGMO look like the good guys!
Can you imagine the Court for Arbitration in Sport not having anything to do with it? No, they’ll be in there like a shot with their wild and wacky re-writing of reality in utter secret.
Can you imagine the media boycotting the games? Of course not. They’ll be all over it. A new Fifa will be set up to run international games involving players who play for clubs in the super league – probably worse than the current Fifa. A new refereeing association too – and you can be certain the media won’t say a word about any decision any referee makes. I mean if they haven’t so far, why would they start now.
In short, we are in this mess because the media have refused to take on the real enemies of football. In the UK the media won’t expose Fifa’s corruption, won’t criticise the ineptness of the FA, won’t investigate PGMO… and now as Super League comes along they are trying to get us to defend the status quo!!!
Indeed so all pervading is this situation even a highly reputable scientific magazine will take the story that there is no change in the way home and away results are panning out this season (a key issue in proving that there is a lot wrong with refereeing in the PL) and print utterly false data to back up the view all is right. That’s how bad the situation has got.
But with this approach refereeing in the new super league will be just as corrupt. New Fifa will be worse than old Fifa. Media coverage will be even more biased than it is now. Topics that should be discussed will be just as universally ignored as they are now.
Yet there is worse: if the Super League is defeated, it will be seen as a triumph. The current journalism, the current refereeing, the current FA, the current Fifa – all retained stronger than ever! Argh!!!!!
Whatever happens we, the fans, are going to lose, because the real reforms that are needed in the Premier League, and in Fifa, and in PGMO and in the media are ever less likely to happen. Indeed it is curious that just as we edge closer to showing all that is wrong with football and the media that covers it, we have the threat of sweeping it all away and replacing it with something just like it.
The outcome will be that the super league won’t happen and this will be seen as a triumph for football. And that triumph will be the retention of Fifa, the monocular vision of the media, and the right of clubs like Manchester City to march through football spending the wealth of a nation to ensure eternal victory, the same blinkered media, the continuation of PGMO….
And that will be the victory of those who oppose Super League.
Gaslighting: how refereeing in the Premier League is manipulated, and why the media never speak about it.
- 1: Are the referees and the media really out to get Arsenal, or am I just imagining it?
- 2: How discussions about refereeing are deliberately stifled by the media
- 3: Referees: the odd statistics that are simply never revealed or discussed
- 4: How we have been utterly misled about football: part 4
- 5: Hiding the problem of refereeing is destroying the credibility of the Premier League
- 6: Revealed: PL referees are not 98% accurate but actually just 75% accurate
(Footnote: the first ever mention of gaslighting in connection with football appeared in the media – six weeks after the launch of the above series on Untold)
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