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The Football News Thread 2020/21

AndyWolves

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Without wanting to get on a soap box. If they can do this with football, imagine what they're doing to the planet.
 

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Man Utd step down from ECA and Woodward has left his UEFA roles.

What an absolute mess.
 

Jack Regan

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Definitely seems like this is happening no matter what. The question becomes do the Premier League and the FA have the balls to kick these clubs out? I think we probably know what the answer to that is.
 

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This isn’t going to end well whichever way you look at it. The atmosphere when Man Utd turn up on the final day will be one of total anger.
As said they’re trying to turn it into NFL style system having 20 super clubs playing around the continent meaning 70k packed stadiums and huge tv audiences and only having the elite few players playing at this level.
The fans of these clubs say they’re outraged, that’s great but they’ll still watch their team once it starts.
 

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Definitely seems like this is happening no matter what. The question becomes do the Premier League and the FA have the balls to kick these clubs out? I think we probably know what the answer to that is.

They've got to, they've absolutely got to. It will dilute the competitiveness of their competition, it breaks existing rules, and it's basically the 12 saying they're bigger than the game. I don't care how much it costs, they've got to be shown that they aren't. They can only have one or the other.
 

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Definitely seems like this is happening no matter what. The question becomes do the Premier League and the FA have the balls to kick these clubs out? I think we probably know what the answer to that is.
Who would be the PL leader club wise? The vocal leader of objection? Kenwright maybe. The big characters like Ellis, Bates etc who would call it out for what it is, don't really exist in the corporate model which now runs clubs. Secretly most clubs will be jealous and hope to get the crumbs from the top table with the odd invite every now and then.

If they aren't kicked out of the PL, they've bought themselves the Top 6 for evermore.
 

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They've got to, they've absolutely got to. It will dilute the competitiveness of their competition, it breaks existing rules, and it's basically the 12 saying they're bigger than the game. I don't care how much it costs, they've got to be shown that they aren't. They can only have one or the other.
Completely agree - they can't let them stay if this goes ahead.

It completely fucks the integrity of the whole system by letting them stay.
 

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There's the integrity of the league and the money in their pockets. Which of those is likely to appeal more to a league that in itself was ostensibly formed to make more money?
 

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They’ve got to see this through even if UEFA bend over backwards to give them what they want in regards of CL.
They’re disgraced clubs in their own countries and no matter what happens now will never be able to be trusted again.
 

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Completely agree - they can't let them stay if this goes ahead.

It completely fucks the integrity of the whole system by letting them stay.
They'll stay. A PL with them in is worth a lot more than with them out. The other 14 clubs know that and won't take the moral, pure view displayed in the wider football community
 

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They'll stay. A PL with them in is worth a lot more than with them out. The other 14 clubs know that and won't take the moral, pure view displayed in the wider football community
Which means I'll stop watching PL football and Wolves along with it which would be fucking heart breaking but I'm not watching any league that lets these clubs stick around if they're playing ESL too.

I appreciate that I am probably a minority view on that but top level football in this country will be tainted forever for me if this happens and they stay. It's bollocks.
 

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As said the big 6 fans will claim they’re disgusted but the closer this comes the more of them will jump on board.
Richard Masters must wonder what he’s done wrong to deal with this shit. COVID last 12 months now this.
 

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It will break the competitiveness of most competitions, which in turn will lead to dwindling numbers of paying customers (either in the stadium or by subscription).

A twenty team Euro league will be over for most a quarter of the way through the season. Supporters won't turn up/tune in for continuous dead rubbers. A twenty team Premier League with the sly six still involved will be so skewed that the only interesting battles would be for the possible places for other Euro competitions or relegation.
 

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It will break the competitiveness of most competitions, which in turn will lead to dwindling numbers of paying customers (either in the stadium or by subscription).

A twenty team Euro league will be over for most a quarter of the way through the season. Supporters won't turn up/tune in for continuous dead rubbers. A twenty team Premier League with the sly six still involved will be so skewed that the only interesting battles would be for the possible places for other Euro competitions or relegation.

The attitude is one of we’re not leaving you we’re just having our private party each week which you’re not involved in.
But you still get to play us and you could still come 7th. So be grateful we’re staying.
 
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