Platini’s house of cards
So Platini felt the hand on the shoulder.
He accepted a huge position with mega responsibility in the world of football governance based upon his on field career , and as such was viewed as a man of the people who actually had a say , could and would help the beautiful game which gave him his platform.
And he proved fallible,,such are some men.
I am simply delighted his myth has been exposed ( we all should when a fraud is nailed ) and if anything this should concentrate the gaze of footie fans upon those they pay well to run their favourite sport .
From the very highest level down as we see right before our eyes.
We all know the game was once pure and theres a fantastic story of 11 locals reaching the absolute pinnacle of the game but thats to be discussed another day.
A wise soul also said television would be the death of the game.
That man may well be dead and buried God bless him but he came very close to hitting the nail on the head even all those years ago.
So I already wrote that Qatar aint going down in my humble opinion however a sports journalist was explaining that in the contract there were stipulations that should Qatar meet certain expenditure and structural obligations ( which they did very quickly ) then legally the World Cup they were granted cannot be taken away , without major repercussions in a court of law for decades that could bring bankruptcy so no go.
That leaves it on,,but likely diminished.
Cannae see this one going down routine at all though.
I could see a top player , under pressure from his club , to say nah actually that would harm my body which is my career after all.
And then it begins.
House of cards just about covers it.
The other top stars are out ,, fans are in uproar , players who were gonna retire after this tournament say its ruined their international legacy.
Let your mind ramble how bad the fallout could be on the footballing department side,,managers saying if you dont play I dont go ?
Associations make demands of clubs to force the issue ?
Some Clubs pull every star from that damaging heat and strain?
Dont blame me my star player wasnt there? ( theres a beauty of a get out for every manager )
Theres more , much more that could go down.
The fan’s side of the game was already looking at a new world versus old world clash of customs that has the smell of lets wing written all over it.
Many fans will just take the usual for granted ( beer , bacon and sausages ) and anyone saying no to them will be seen as an obstacle in a moral battle most likely.
And if short womens clothing is undesired yet its the modern trend plus over 40 degrees?
And then they find out its not a full strength Cup,,superstar X , Y and Z has bailed having paid out the wedge for an off the bucket list excursion that ends up tainted .
Many pitfalls on the fans side as far as I can see.
But the money men,,,this is where it gets interesting . Once bitten twice shy springs to mind.
They paid out the big bucks for the miserly yet all the more enhancing only every 4 years big Cup expecting business as usual and nothing but gravy to flow ,, and they got sold a pup.
They cant move it so we can expect major fallout is my take.
The heavyweight fingers will start pointing and we havent seen fingers like these pointing before.
The Tv men wont trust Fifa / Uefa one bit now,,sure look theres the last supposed good guy getting hauled off now ffs.
Theres a showdown brewing ,, and those Tv corporations hold many aces here.
They have the bankroll ,, for sure the win any financial pissing contest.
They control the ad’s ,, and thus sway opinion as only that stupid oblong box in the corner can.
They have the big 5 leagues ,, their cash brings sway in one form or another ie change fixtures.
This could be the moment they need to make a power grab.
Tv companies take over,,,well can it get much worse?
We are a marketers dream especially that beautiful strip allied with the passion of the fans at home under the lights.
I never thought I would ever think it but perhaps a screwed up World Cup might actually help .
The current shower and their last supposed decent footie man blew it.
The games never been weaker at a structural level ,, foundation cracks everywhere.
Its biggest event goes bad , the house of card’s might just collapse.
“A change is as good as rest “ springs to mind.
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