Greener on the other side of fence?
I watched new money teach old money a lesson last night in the battle of the state sponsored sides. For a team that used to represent the working man, the blue half of Manchester reigning supreme away on the continent against a huge name was the stuff of daydreams not long ago.
If the titles they won are stripped, many will wish they had remained only daydreams.
A team finds money it should not and could not afford according to the regulations and has success, where have we witnessed that before? There are more similarities than differences in the two cases.
One claimed in good faith but was compromised by side letters.
One claimed in good faith but was compromised by leaked hacked emails.
Both did not or will not admit guilt.
City’s defence that they were investigated, found guilty, and punished by the same body thus denied a proper and fair hearing might sound ok initially, and in some circumstances that would not be accepted protocol, but at the end of the day they entered a body’s competition and were provided with a rulebook to abide by plus the applicable actions for non compliance.
They are complaining about what they signed up to.
Fortunately for them the boss has agreed there is a feasible appeals body available for dissatisfied clients and thats where the entire mystery will head.
This chain of events has placed the EPL in a predicament, in that they might have had previous winners who have not been FFP compliant as they stated. Although they will rightly wait for the appeals process to conclude, if their competition rules were breached they are then faced with the big question over title stripping. I doubt very much they will be taking their cue from their northern counterparts on this one.
There will be many north of the border who realise this could throw a lot of egg on a lot of faces in regards to how it is handled by other close-by governing bodies. The title stripping threat was almost forgotten about, now we have it thrust back into public debate and it will be for some time.
For us who watched not fit for purpose bodies and blindsided Lords scramble about giving the semblance of acting on behalf of what is right, seeing proper procedures and media scrutiny will be like night and day.
The big question to ask on this one is will the appetite for title stripping return if we see it happening elsewhere for basically the same?
Will the fans clamor for it ?
And then Uefa themselves might have had a bone to pick with City from day one as they were trying to close down the sugar daddy route to clubs to help sanitize the game ( much too late ) but here we have evidence they are prepared to look closely at a clubs finances based on leaked emails.
They want dodgy finances and leaked emails one team had that going on waaay before those others but no investigation.
Friends in high places?
I just cant shake the feeling that we will be sitting watching the wheels of justice grind smooth and swift elsewhere without fear or favour and will be thinking that’s how justice works.
Take a look at what we should have had.
The above is by Mahe. Should you fancy bashing out the latest Pullitzer prize nominee we will happily publish for free.