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Don't Ruin Our National Game

Ok, we all know by now the proposals for making the Premier League a franchise and selling the game down the river in the pursuit of a few more pennies for the money greedy men who ruin, sorry that was meant to be run, the game.

The news for many came as no real shock, we as fans have been moved from pillar to post for years with ridiculous kick off times, late changes to fixtures to suit TV, new replica kits being introduced every other day (!) and a constant lack of respect to fans, we all have to sit down and woe betide any fan making any noise above a polite handclap, not to mention the very important health and safety rule that fans can't be trusted with the very dangerous bottle tops to their drinks.

However surely the fact that all 20 of the Premier League Chairman voted in favour of looking at the proposal to further erode the great tradition of the game proves that for once, fans have GOT to unite to put an end to it? If they can't see that they will be destroying football for the want of a few more pounds in their already swelling banks, then the fans will have to show it.

For me, if we franchise the game and start this world wide circus, I think I'll break my own heart and leave the Premier League and the club I love, it will be the straw that breaks the camels back as I don't think I'd want anything to do with it.

A few examples of the feelings of editors across the Vital Premier League sites are here and then below is a link to a petition set up by our Vital Arsenal editor. Yes, it is 'just' a petition, but we surely have to start somewhere? Sign it, send it to your mates to sign it, even the teams in the Championship, Cola 1 and 2 etc should put their names against such a move because what the Premier League starts, other leagues are bound to try to replicate in some way, shape or form. This goes beyond team loyalty and hits at the very root of OUR game.

Arsenal: PL Threatens The Essence Of Our Game
Villa Stick Your Global Brand Up Your ****
Chelsea: First overseas Premiership Fixtures
Manchester City: Selling Its Soul To The Devil
Manchester United: Overseas Prem Games? Please No!

Sign the petition here: Don't Ruin Our National Game

Other network and independent sites, PLEASE replicate this, publish the petition and spread the word. All individuals against the PL proposal, please forward to all your friends to sign.

(Published across all Vital Premier League sites. With thanks to Rocky for getting the petition set up.)

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JP Fear




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Date:Friday February 8 2008

Time: 9:51AM

Your Comments

Here here. It's OUR game.
adamski243
Worded much better than my article....thanks J!!!
Rocky7
Rocky - I've already signed the petition, but from an Arsenal perspective, shouldnt we also communicate the same to PHW and the Board, in the form of an Arsenal petition ? Of course its a rotten idea, but it would have never seen the light of day if the likes of PHW hadnt agreed.
prits
That's not a bad idea prits. I'm sure PHW would not agree to this if he thought for one minute that he could jepordise everything Arsenal had worked for over the last hundred years, ie; the new stadium. And when you consider the likes of Tim Stillman, who hasn't missed a domestic game for god knows how long, would never attend another match, it is cause for concern.
Rocky7
rocky i'm on facebook if you want to send me the petition on there i can pass it on to all my mates. they'd only be too happy to sign mate
arsenal nutter
Arsenal Nutter, what's your FaceBook username?!
Rocky7
You won't get any support from spuds fans!! Just looking at the comments on their site to this article, they are all for this ridiculous idea!!
Ashburton Gooner
I've just had a chilling thought, if they can't get away with sending Premier League teams accross the world, then they might offer to buy a global version of each Premier League side. They offer the top four a shed load of cash for a globe trotting alternative version of, say Arsenal. Arsenal then have two teams, a domestic one and a global one. Kind of like a reserve side but with more importance and more money. So there's Arsenal London and Arsenal International, Arsenal International play each game in a different country against other club or national sides. But the day the Premier League suits will be most proud of is the showcase of Arsenal London versus Arsenal International. I feel sick.
Professor Calculus
I bet Dennis is glad he retired when he did!
Finsbury Parker
Ashburton Gooner, i think you will find that spurs fans are the same as you guys. We dont think it is a good idea and dont want it. I wont be able to follow spurs to Australia to watch them play against Everton or Newcastle and i am sure the same applies to you guys going to watch arsenal in the far flung reaches of the world. It is good that football fans are feeling the same thing.
spursfan4eva
Spursfan, there seems to be a unity amongst all fans here, which is good, because we need to stand together to beat this.
Rocky7
It just shows how much the chairman all think of their fans when they are willing to even discuss this shocking idea. As many people have said on all the vital forums, it makes a total mockery of the PL. I certainly commend all the fans that have signed the petition and i do understand the feelings of fans that live abroad wanting to watch their teams but please see the bigger picture
spursfan4eva
 

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