Expect a compromise on Superleague
When I took my time ( walking the dog ) thinking through the various scenarios to this breakaway superleague it wasnt long before I arrived at a conclusion.
Fifa and Uefa will cave to the clubs and negotiate .
Look the clubs have them in Checkmate . I will explain my rationale .
Should a club leave Uefa without due notice or outwith the proper framework then its players are barred from playing for their national associations .
Uefa / Fifa believed this would keep the top clubs in check thinking their ( the clubs ) internationals would thus leave or those wishing for ( more ) caps would not join that club at all then .
This rule however was only intended to deter the solo miscreant and not many .
It is inadequate for what the governing bodies are facing now ; they have been caught out by the clubs. Their legislation has failed them on this one.
What we have here is Checkmate. Uefa / Fifa CANNOT enforce its own rulebook in this instance.
Should 16 huge teams abandon their national associations then , assuming a 25 man squad , we would see , according to the rule book , then we would be looking at 400 of the elite players on the planet banned from International tournaments .
A World Cup without the top 400 players ,,,, hmmm . There would be no world cup , imagine trying to sell that farce . They could scramble something together but no , I suspect that year would just be left blank with an asterisk beside it , and below it will explain the clubs and associations were feuding thus no big tournament that year.
They must surely realise they are in Checkmate . Dont have their big comps and the gravy train grinds to a halt . Do have them and they are a pale farce of what they should have been .
Like I say there is no way they could enforce that rule and see the top 400 players in the globe banned for years . Their rules have backfired on them and the clubs have them over a barrel.
So we will see capitulation and a meeting to negotiate . I have no doubt about it .
Fifa / Uefa will give up a chunk of their percentage to the giants to stay on a much reduced but still effing fantastic gravy train .
Dave King style no doubt they will walk out of that meeting with two black eyes and their right arm in a sling , then proceed to tell the masses that they had them all backed into a corner and the clubs were forced to sign a poor deal for them . Cant live without us etc.
The truth will be the big boys will get their way .
Expect a raft of reforms to the bigger competitions included increased revenue share amongst the bigger clubs , and would you be surprised if Uefa actually jumped on board the superleague dream now ?
Look , they ( Uefa ) have problems everywhere . Leagues are talking mergers ( we blogged about this last week ) and the biggest clubs in smaller ponds are agitating for moves . That was already happening before this weeks events.
Financial fair play can be got around by numerous ways , and is basically unenforceable .
The giants are looking at games between the lower half of the table teams as deadweight clashes that are done for necessity , unexciting , getting little viewers and not bringing then much revenue.
For instance in a league of giants there is no ah I wont bother as its only Fulham vs Crystal Palace ,,, even if you dont fancy watching Inter vs Dortmund for instance that will be huge in the respective countries and much more viewed around the globe , so even by not playing the big boys make far more dosh as they are all sharing in the revenue brought in . If you did happen to tune into a “ random “ such as the meeting mentioned above then chances are you would witness a spectacle , even if those two sides were actually lower half at the time .
We can all tell the two or three clubs that will contest the big five leagues , and so can they .
This would negate that “ boredom “ as , honestly , who to eff knows who would win this thing if everyone basically started even . Dominance doesnt look likely , not from where Im sitting .
Too many big big teams getting a load of money to call that one.
The British based teams would face better quality , every week , and thus the impetus would be on them to raise their game ,,, is that not what the excuse is for soo little Champions leagues “ coming home “ , that they play against dross in a non technical league every week and therefore find it hard to raise their game when the time comes . That would be out the window .
Looks like should Uefa / Fifa stay in situ then they would be much reduced in size and influence which may well help our club of choice . The Sfa’s / Huns protectors at headquarters ( olgilvie and dallas ) would hopefully find themselves without a seat on this new reduced gravy train .
A new reduced gravy train should be good for us , and a new set up should be good for us . I think we are in a good spot here , honestly.
No breakaway , Uefa cede money and power to stay in situ , hopefully streamline
Yes breakaway , if not involved could well be called to new English set up plus Spfl could look for much better tv money deal
Lets say we do get and accept an invite elsewhere , just look at the pros,,,
The refs dont care if youre a tarrier , taig etc
No songs of hate from the opposition fans ( except possibly one group but I will address that below )
More home fans in the stadium ( we cant expect many to travel from outwith Scotland to support away team )
Better football , it will be
Many options for great away trips , new places involved also
Increase in tv money ( of course it would be ) means better players
On the joint invite ,,, I have seen written many times that those who play outta Ibrox would not be welcome in the English setup due to their previous . Of course thats not official but after seeing those scenes in Manchester it very well could be true. England may well be off limit to them .
But as we all know money talks and if thats what the suits want then it will happen . Lets face any club who draw 50 k or over to a home match could be considered , and should be considered as they are a big club then in their own right then .
Outside of the UK most think its a friendly rivalry . If we both get called to a new division of this Superleague could moving leagues help calm it down , sanitise the affair if you wish ?
Well there would be new overseers to keep pleased and they arent gonna bend over backwards for you ,, a new match commander that might actually take the songs seriously ,, and no top of the table clashes anymore that determine the league winners might ease a bit of pressure .
A normal ref that will insist on proper football. More international eyes on the affair than usual .
It would be a blank slate .
Now youre probably sitting there thinking yeah right Mahe they will sing their songs of hate of course they will.
Will they ? Long term ? What if the new guy ( who is actually serious ) says thats enough , you work for us now ?
Do you not think that the potential is there for a lot of change ? I do . But I also know that their fan base has a serious problem and will not embrace change . The past is where most seemingly dwell , 1690 or thereabouts .
As usual we wait and see . If it doesnt kill us it will make us stronger . Interesting times !
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