Bail out ? F#!k Off !
And thats exactly what I would say to every professional football club, no matter the nation, no matter the size. Its about time the game got a huge dose of reality and now its here with the gravy train grinding to a halt the pleas from those who were aboard for help in continuing the ride will become a cacophony in the coming weeks and months.
But the answer must be no.
Grab a common man off the street right now this instant and get him to list some areas of public life that need improved and chances are he could list them all, thats how neglected they have become.
The Police service
The unemployment benefits system
The entire education system
The energy grid
The broadband network
And many many many more all have suffered cut after cut or just been pushed to the back of the line for someone else to deal with at a later date.
All of the above are in need of public funding like never before, yet the game has its hands out.
And then the mother of all causes, our precious National Health Service, has just seen itself unwittingly thrust into the spotlight, its lack of ready to use equipment nothing less than a national scandal, the system itself having to rely on those the masses voted to be rid of in the main ( foreigners). It needs rebuilt, restaffed, and its rate of pay must be updated to reflect its importance to society. It should be at the head of any queue for public funds and I doubt there is one soul that disagrees, yet football has its hand out?
Look at the very top, FIFA, bent as a two bob note yet billions in reserves. Should ‘daddy’ not be first on the list when going around with the hand out?
Next you have UEFA, see above only they have stood idly by as the game restructured into superclubs and the rest, despite the fact there was a respected man of the people in Platini at the helm. Another joke of an organisation that deserves ripping up and started again.
Just below we have Sky and BT who may as well own football for all the ordering about they do. They are the reason fans cant sit down and choose games and flights at the start of the season, and that extends to the biggest league and all. So they can take some responsibility if they are going to be calling the shots and reaping the benefits. Financial responsibility that is.
Why not ask them for a bailout? Or even some cash up front to be withheld from future years payments?
Murdoch is one of the world’s richest, yet you want taxpayers’ money?
You would swear it was free, I guess it may as well be to some people. If he wants the gravy train to continue he can provide the gravy.
BT group ditto. Sign a fresh long long term tv rights deal with them and distribute the funding immediately? Theres one option for starters.
And then below that you have the clubs themselves who are asking and maybe expecting bailed out. Most big clubs make money now, not the other way around, so one must ask why they cant take a hit one year or maybe two, and then let the profits resume?
I thought thats how businesses work?
Are all those profits gone and if so perhaps borrow against future profits, but dont ask for free money when you have been making bank for years living the good life?
There are certainly many very rich owners in the sport, are they not going to dip their hands in their pockets at all during this crisis? If not what is the point in having wealthy owners if under no circumstances will they dip into their own fortune should their club need it as a matter of life and death? Do they even see the irony in having the hand out for public funds?
Why have them at all if their cash makes zero difference because as we have seen with the Glazers you dont even need to spend your own money to buy a club, just stick the debt on the club?
Speaking of owners will the British taxpayer be bailing out state owned clubs which would be close to the ultimate irony.Hammers fans might actually prefer their club to go under if thats what it takes to get rid of their terrible trio of hated owners.
As for the cash itself surely everyone must understand that its just going to be impossible to pay full blown wages after a while, so what exactly is the taxpayer being asked to fund?
To keep up the current level of wages indefinitely is just a non starter, so where and how would the clubs actually spend cash if granted?
Rates will be suspended I imagine, with groundskeeping and skeleton staff the only essentials as far as I can see.
Giving out a pot of gold to all clubs isnt a magic fix for the sport, it should be a non starter.
Give it to the causes that need it most, nothing else.
The rich fatcats with their hands out need them cut off and not filled.
Never thought I would say it but well done the virus, for you’ve wobbled the corrupt game like none before you could.
Give them nothing and lets see how much these owners care about the clubs they decided to become custodians of.
Its a win win as in they help you have true owners well done.
If they let it die, then let the people take it back.
The above is by Mahe.