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PL Threatens The Essence Of Our Game

As darkness draws in, and the final breaths are taken, the heart monitor beeps it's last few beeps, the decision has been made to finally flick the switch and terminate the life of this once vibrant being.

You may be excused for thinking that the first paragraph was the opening scene from an episode of Casualty, but truth be told, that was the image that popped into my head upon hearing the news that the Premier League chiefs were looking into the possibility of adding an extra fixture to the season with a view to playing it abroad.

Astoundingly, the 20 clubs of the Premier League voted unanimously in favour of the move, offering it would provide a stage to show the rest of the world just what they're missing.

With this move the fat cats who make the decisions risk the integrity of the whole league. Aside from the proposals being a blatant exercise in money making, it makes a mockery of the whole system.

The league is based upon 38 matches, 19 home, 19 away, each team has the opportunity to earn the same amount of points from the same amount of played games from the same teams, be they great, average or down right shit. To add an extra random fixture would turn the outcome of the league into a random event.

Often in this great sport that we all love, the lines between winning and losing are minuscule. Titles have been decided on goal difference, relegation threatened teams saved at the 11th hours due to a last gasp goal, but each team has battled to the end of a fair contest. To place these all important outcomes on the face of one random fixture is not only reckless, but it's dangerous.

If it wasn't bad enough that the morons in charge thought that this extra fixture was a good idea, some buffoon decided that it should be played in another country. Not only do fans in England get ripped off with extortionate ticket prices, but now we're expected to pay the price for flights and hotels just to watch a league game.

Will the clubs include plane and accommodation costs within the price of a season ticket? I thought not.

With the risk of sounding like a Little Britainer, people from other countries made the decision to follow English football, if they wish to take in the live match day experience, then it's the responsibility of these individuals to cough up the readies to make the way to the country that is included in the league's title.

Peter Scudamore had the audacity to dress this move up as a 'Winter break' citing the new year of 2011 as a time to introduce the fixture.

I think the managers campaigning for a winter break had a break from football completely in mind when they offer the premise of a break, not flying their players half way round the world in an attempt to line the pockets of the suits ruining our game.

Dark times are truly at our door.




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Writer: Rocky7 Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday February 7 2008

Time: 11:22PM

Your Comments

I still cant comprehend why, even if they feel it is imperative to play games over seas, they cant just play one of the 38 regular games in another country. It seems a stupid idea to begin with, but as you say risking the fairness of the home and away system for a little extra cash is just ******** stupid. Even if foreign fans such as myself were willing to pay the 300-400 dollars tickets to one of these games is likely to cost, and people will, what about the atmosphere. Barely anyone will know the songs. Premier League crowds struggle to raise the voices above the commentators enough as it is wihtout this farce denting that situation further. Rightly said Rocky mate, supporting football is becoming more and more of a chore every ******** year at every level of competition, and that is comeing from a person who has to watch almost evry game between 11pm and 7am. I will save my trip to watch the Arsenaltill i have the money to come to London and do it properly me thinks.
Ozi Gooner
The Premiership Chairmen have voted to 'explore the possibility further'. The fact that they were stupid enough not to throw it out altogether is a concern. Surely they can't be stupid enough having 'explored it further' to conclude that it can do anything but serious harm to the integrity of the competition - and thereby, in commercial terms, devalue the value of their product?
Amos.
The funny thing is that Scudamore claimed that there were "far more ridiculous routes" they could have gone down. Speaks volumes about the idiots in charge.
Rocky7
Amos mate I strongly doubt if they see past the dollar signs. And Rocky mate that is a scary thought of what else was suggested indeed. I wonder what the thought process was behind this, i can imagine the conversation going something like... (Idiot 1) 'Lets have some games played in Asia'. (Idiot 2) 'They already all play preseason games in Asia and the US'. (Idiot 3) 'I know lets play a regular season round overseas then, more people will come if the games mean something'. (Idiot 1) 'No we cant take away a regualr round of the season, the local fans will go crazy' (Idiot 2) 'I know, lets turn the league title in to a *****in' lottery'. (Idiots 1 and 3) 'Brilliant!'
Ozi Gooner
It doesn't even seem much of a money making idea. One estimate reckons the clubs can share £100mn extra revenue between them. That's £5mn a club. Enough to buy Darren Bent's head and shoulders (no -not his shampoo) then. These people seem to put a low value on the competitions integrity.
Amos.
"Premier League chiefs were looking into the possibility of adding an extra fixture to the season with a view to playing it abroad." The wording does not make sense. I do not understand the idea. Either you are mad, or they are!
Matt_Us
Not sure what you don't understand there Matt :s
Rocky7
Whats worse is Arsenal seem to be one of the clubs supporting the idea. I wonder if PHW or Fizman, whoever it was, has asked Wenger what he thinks of this circus. I wouldn't want to be the one to tell him about it.
Ozi Gooner
I really can't imagine that Wenger would endore such a move, it's insanity on the highest level. since I heard about I've spoken to lots of people and I'm yet to meet one who seriously thinks it's a good move.
Rocky7
I liked Southgates response, "What? Is It April 1st already? This surely is a joke?"
Ozi Gooner
They should be decreasing the fixture's played not increasing them, this is just stupid.
AB_Arsenal
it's just another spectacular kick in the teeth for the loyal supporter!
merlin
I cannot believe this idea. I can only think it is being done from a financial point of view. The Premier League is already the most popular league in the world, and whilst I know you cannot rest on your laurels, football is not about 'the product' it is about 'the game', and this can only damage the game. I sympathise with the foreign fan, who may get the chance to see their team in the flesh, but this whole idea runs the risk of creating the scenario where a league could be decided on the outcome of an abroad ficture, and this qwould create an almighty rumpus.
Last year, we had an NFL game played at Wembley, but this was done because the NFL is trying to expand the profile and the popularity of their game, making it more global - they have been trying this for years (the American Bowl, which used to take place at Wembley years ago, which was a pre-season game). The Prem is already firmly established globally in it's popularity, and needn't do this.
Once again, football ceases a little more to be about the sport, and more about the money. Dark days...
»»Arsene Knows««
Wingston75
Imagine if Arsenal and Man Utd are in the same position come January and Arsenal play Pompey in Asia and then Man U play Derby in America. It is not fair. I would rather it be in place of a game. Don't like the concept anyway.
Goofle
When we played Man Utd at the grove earlier this season I remember reading that the game was watched by over 1 billion people worldwide........how much more coverage do they want?
Rocky7
The whole thing is a **** I N G DISGRACE.
Moorish
Scudamore and his batty boys latest moronic plan to kill the game.
Blue is the colour
Eish, not good...
MerckZ
Don't some clubs do exhibition matches in Asia or America? Is this not enough? Why not organise a pre-season knockout thing?
darinb007
 

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