Nekrassov writes: I’m no big authority on football but even I can see that the beautiful game has become rotten. Dodgy matches are played across the top and bottom leagues in Europe, with referees turning a blind eye to obvious fouls, refusing to award penalties when it’s crystal clear that they should be awarded. Stronger teams lose to outsiders all of a sudden and no one bats and eyelid when players go berserk, all of a sudden, and get themselves sent off, as if asking for it. (Spot betting enthusiasts know a lot about this last one.)
A few years ago the head of Europole inadvertently made it be known that illegal betting syndicates make ‘billions’ a year on fixing matches. Yep, billions. Which should imply that we have lots of matches across all leagues in Europe rigged. And that means that a lot of players and managers and referees and other match officials are in it. But do we hear anything about investigations going on into match fixing in football? Very rarely, and even then they mostly concern some lower ranked teams and obscure players. Even though there are so many odd things going on and off the pitch at the very top of the game.
And here’s another one for you: how is it that we have the same managers rotating between top clubs in Europe, getting sacked by one club and re-emerging at another? How does this system work? Do these people know something which makes them pretty valuable for clubs? Or do they know things that are just too hot, if you pardon the expression. Because it doesn’t make any sense for any big or not so big football club to hire a manager who has just been kicked out for incompetence from another collective. And pay him millions to take on another team, if he can’t really deliver some unique services in return. Not to mention that not a single player in the top leagues in Europe is worth as much as he gets paid, so questions arise as to why so much money is paid to these overrated and easily replaceable people with hardly any education.
And another thing – more and more football tournaments and even television broadcasts of matches are now sponsored by betting syndicates. Is it just me but isn’t there an obvious conflict of interest here? It’s a bit like asking criminal drug syndicates to sponsor the national health system. There’s a nasty aftertaste in that. You can’t really force people to believe that gambling and sportsmanship go hand in hand.
Not forgetting that many clubs these days are owned by multi-millionaires and billionaires who aren’t exactly the best people to be involved in football. I am sorry but I have my doubts about anyone who is worth more than several million. Yep, that’s how old fashioned I am. I start to have questions about people who claim that they have made obscene wealth by hard work alone. Doesn’t work like this in the real world. And when it comes to running football clubs, these filthy rich individuals should be kept as far away as possible from the game.
National football federations on all levels have become too lazy and too corrupt to control the game properly. It’s the fans who should be taking over. On a rotating basis, so that they don’t get ideas and start accepting brown envelopes from all over the place.
Football has become rotten, people. And it’s not even funny anymore.