“This latest move comes in the same week that one Premier League club sacked its mascot due to financial reasons. I think that tells you everything you need to know about the Premier League.”
We all know the top of the footballing world is dictated by money, it has been for years now and it is widely accepted among the sporting community.
Money brings in the best players and money makes the Premier League the best and most watched league in the world.
Fans further down the pyramid have looked at the top division and the riches that it brings with distain for many years.
The inflated ticket prices and money floating around between the big boys is sure to have caused that and pushed some fans to follow lower and non-league clubs.
However, with the world embroiled in a pandemic like no one has ever seen, the Premier League, the money men who lead our much loved sport had a chance to change the way they were viewed by many.
But they didn’t.
And they showed the rest of the footballing community what they really think of them.
They have showed the fans what they really think of them, and have shown contempt to the people in the game that matter.
There are some great stories to come out of the current situation, and I have no doubt that club’s up and down the UK have run campaigns and helped the most vulnerable who have needed it in these testing times.
But the kindness shown has been dwarfed by the growing greed.
First we have two of the richest club’s in the country, sorry the world, trying to furlough their staff while still paying players six figure sums every week.
Luckily they took u-turns, but mud sticks and that won’t be forgotten.
Then clubs sacked staff members while at the same time lining the pockets of new signings during the transfer window, which still saw £1.2 billion spent despite the ‘financial problems’ we’ve been told about.
Then came Friday’s bombshell. Well it shouldn’t really be seen as a bombshell, because we’ve known for years really what those at the top think of those on the terraces.
A five minute glance on social media would have told you all you needed to know about the Premier League’s new box office paper per view plan, to allow fans to watch games not scheduled on TV, all for the small fee of £14.95 each.
To be honest are we really surprised? Probably not, but that doesn’t make the move any better.
It is utterly distasteful. Especially when, last year, a report found that almost all the clubs in the Premier League were making profits even before gate receipts came into the eqausion.
Something tells me we won’t be seeing a Spurs or Liverpool style u-turn on this one.
And the only way it will hit the Premier League and the clubs involved is if fans boycott paying the money.
The fact 19 of the 20 club’s voted for this makes it all the more disappointing.
And this latest move comes in the same week that one Premier League club sacked its mascot due to financial reasons. I think that tells you everything you need to know about the Premier League.