After the apologies, what next for naughty six? And how did they get it so wrong?

By Sir Hardly Anyone

Full marks to the Guardian for acknowledging that “only Arsenal actually apologised for behaviour that, collectively, has been widely condemned as brazenly self-serving.”  I think Liverpool came up with a statement a little later after that Guardian comment was written but not quite as fulsome an apology.

Winner in the shutting the door after the horse race came Daniel Levy, who did “regret the anxiety and upset caused by the ESL proposal”.  Not his fault then.  He was just passing by.  Saw it floating along and jumped on the bus.  Turned out the bus was going the wrong way.  Not his fault at all. Not a bit of it.  Didn’t actually know it was a bus.

But overall we still have the question, how did they get it so wrong?

Maybe it’s because this is not how sport is arranged in America, and so the Americans thought it ought to be like that here.  The Americans being Liverpool, Arsenal and Manchester United.

The Russians joined in but couldn’t quite understand why there were no military massing at the border, and the Sheikhs couldn’t work out why anyone had to be consulted about anything.  As for Tottenham, they did point out that having won the League Cup in 2008 it was perfectly natural that they should be consulted on matters of such magnitude.

And so the media, seeing the way the wind blew, joined in the attacks on the six clubs, denouncing them as this, that, and something else.  And we knew we were in trouble when even the offer to make Gunnersauraus Arsenal’s prime negotiator with the Superduper League failed to impress.

And of course there was then the ” ‘SAVE US FROM KROENKE’: SOME AFC FANS TWEET GUNNER-MAD TYCOON WHO’S RICHER THAN STAN” from the increasingly odd HITC, with the news that these fans (last seen meandering down the centre of the Holloway Road) want Aliko Dangote to take over the club, on the grounds that, well, he isn’t there at the moment.

But the issue has raised concerns and lots of people have been bandying around the concept of Rule L9.

Interestingly no one is actually quoting Rule L9, but the bandying is certainly going on.  So here it is in glorious technicolour: Yer Actual Rule L9

“Except with the prior written approval of the Board, during the Season a Club shall not enter or play its senior men’s first team in any competition other than:

L.9.1. the UEFA Champions League;
L.9.2. the UEFA Europa League;
L.9.3. the F.A. Cup;
L.9.4. the F.A. Community Shield;
L.9.5. the Football League Cup; or
L.9.6. competitions sanctioned by the County Association of which it is a member.”

This in fact shows what the club owners were up to – there was a way of getting the club into the new league, by offering the County Association (all of whom are in dire need of more pitches for schools and amateur football) the funding for a set of pitches, in return for their approval.

I hope the clubs still pay up, but somehow… I doubt it.

Anyway, since the end of the affair there have been calls for reprisals against Ed Woodward, Bruce Buck and Vinai Venkatesham, and others.  Woodward re-signed as Manchester United’s executive vice-chairman but not until 31 December.

And there is a deeper problem.  During the time the six breakout teams have been plotting their move they have been assuring the rest of the league that nothing of the kind was being considered.  And so the relationships have now totally broken down and there is no trust between the six leavers and the 14 remainers.  Indeed there are moves afoot to discipline the six leavers.

So what happens now?

Many are suggesting it is life as before – but if that is the case it is life as before but without any trust at all, which makes life as before rather difficult.

There is also the issue of Everton v Tottenham and why Tottenham are a Big Club but Everton are a little club.  Here is a list of their trophies with the year of the latest win in brackets.  Arsenal’s figures are given in the final column by way of comparison.

Everton Tottenham Arsenal
Premier League titles 3 (2004)
Division 1 titles 9 (1987) 2 (1961) 10 (1991)
Division 2 titles 1 (1931) 2 (1950)
FA Cups 5 (1995) 8 (1991) 14 (2020)
League Cup 4 (2008) 2 (1987)
Cup winners cup 1 (1985) 1 (1963) 1 (1994)
Uefa Cup / Fairs Cup 2 (1984) 1 (1970)
Total 16 19 31

Now it is true that Tottenham have won three more trophies than Everton and they have won more recently than Everton (2008), but the fact that Everton have won nine Division 1 titles to Tottenham’s two surely counts for something.

Also the fact that Tottenham have not won the league for sixty years surely makes them a bit dubious as entrants in any sort of super league.   

Of course this may be a bit unfair since Tottenham have also won the Southern League, not to mention the Dewar Shield, the Western League, the London League Premier Division, the Football League South ‘C’ Division, the Southern District Charity Cup, the London Challenge Cup, Anglo-Italian League Cup-Winners Cup, the Norwich Charity Cup, the Norwich Hospital Charity Cup, the Costa Del Sol Tournament, Nolia Cup, Japan Cup, Sun International Challenge Trophy (Swaziland), Peace Cup (Korea), the Vodacom Challenge, and the Feyenoord Jubileum Tournament.

In fact now I come to think of it, this must be why Tottenham were in the new competition.  They really have done rather well now I come to look in detail.

he Sweet FA and the corruption files

5 Replies to “After the apologies, what next for naughty six? And how did they get it so wrong?”

  1. It will be interesting to see if refs will be heavily influenced against the 6 founders

  2. I wonder if the allegedly maligned and supposedly injured parties will now seek individual apologies from those who wanted change from the deary humdrum of regular football ? This should be fun and should stir up more controversy ! They can always say that that this episode has injured their pride and their love of football. Would the ask for more ? Or sue ?
    Most likely there will be numerous petitions posted online to show their disgust. That is if anyone really signs these petitions ,or actuality read them . Do they actually send these to the offending parties ?

    Who do you think was the offended party ‘ parties ? List below your answers .

  3. On the other hand who do we heap praise upon , for saving football as it was and always should be ?

    For having the steadfastness, firmness and loyalty in preventing this coup d’etat ?

    Again list your answers of those deserving of much praise and good tidings !

  4. A farmer had five female pigs. Times were hard, so he decided to take them to the county fair and sell them.
    At the fair, he met another Farmer who owned five male pigs. After talking a bit, they decided to mate the pigs and split everything 50/50.
    The farmers lived sixty miles apart. So they agreed to drive thirty miles each, find a field in which to let the pigs mate.
    The first morning, the farmer with the female pigs got up at 5 A.M., loaded the pigs into the family station wagon, (which was the only vehicle he had) and drove the thirty miles. While the pigs were mating, he asked the other farmer,
    “How will I know if they are pregnant?”
    The other farmer replied, “If they’re lying in the grass tomorrow morning, they’re pregnant. If they’re in the mud, they’re not.”
    The next morning the pigs were rolling in the mud. So he hosed them off, loaded them into the family station wagon again and proceeded to try again. This continued each morning for more than a week. Both farmers were worn out.
    The next morning he was too tired to get out of bed. He called to his wife,
    “Honey, please look outside and tell me whether the pigs are in the mud or in the grass.”
    “Neither,” yelled his wife. “They’re in the station wagon and one of them is honking the horn.”

  5. It just says a lot that you are now comparing AFC with Tots & Everton. How the mighty have fallen.

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