Ken Gambles is a man with a spleen to vent. In part one of his rage against the people in power, he took issue with the FA and the media. This time around he goes global taking FIFA to task and the media again, for what he sees as its influence over the events of last weekend. It’s short but not so sweet.
My discomfort with the workings of the FA carries me seamlessly on to FIFA, an embodiment of the misuse of power.
The World Cup 2022 summer tournament is awarded to the oil rich State of Qatar. Wait a minute, it’s decided that it’s too hot there in summer so FIFA will change it to winter. In my book the whole bidding process was held under false pretences. I hope that the USA and Australia make a legal challenge so that the decision is retaken or substantial compensation is paid.
And so to last week-end’s events. (Sorry M Salut I couldn’t resist my own two penn’orth). The orchestrators of the anti-Di Canio campaign are no doubt satisfied with their work and enjoying their saucer of cream. I think there were issues on both sides and that eventually more might come out to enable a better judgement to be made. Might I just make one serious observation. I was slightly to the left of the demonstrating fans at West Brom. I knew this would be an important media moment so was determined to see exactly what was going on. At best there were only 30 or 40 fans shouting out. Another 600 or so either clapped or stood in silence (admittedly large numbers had already headed for the buses). Of course it was the protesting fans who got the media coverage. Whatever the rights and wrongs there was no sense of a crowd rebellion.
The sacking on Sunday reminds me very much of events that happened on a few occasions to fellow school teachers. A sixth-former would be reprimanded for missing work or non-attendance at lessons. Cue visit of said sixth-former to Head of Sixth to complain about the member of staff who didn’t explain things well, who picked on him and who had destroyed his love of History, Geography or whatever. A couple of friends approach the Head of Sixth form to con firm and for good measure a parent might complain. Upshot is that it was the teacher who was put under pressure, often removed from the class and the miscreant went Scot free.
If in Lord Acton’s words ‘power corrupts’ I think that there is plenty of evidence in the world of football to feel he was on the right lines. It is difficult to know what specifically we can do about other than to keep making our voices heard and to support any worthwhile campaigns such as that against overpriced tickets. In the words of Frederick Douglas, a freed slave writing in 1857, ‘Power concedes nothing without a demand – it never did and it never will.’ Let’s keep demanding something better.
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