The news that the Premier League is considering exporting its teams for an extra game does not seem to have filled footie fans with much enthusiasm. It just goes to show what a miserable bunch of self centred people we are.
Here is an opportunity for the beautiful game to be seen live, all over the world and all we are concerned about is how it will further erode the sport we grew up with in the post war years.
Of course it won’t – it will allow people in the developing soccer nations of the globe to witness at first hand games of such mind numbing mediocrity, sorry, excitement as Birmingham City v Middlesbrough and Wigan Athletic v Bolton Wanderers.
It is also a great chance for the nations that give us many of our underpaid, undervalued Premier League players the opportunity to see them playing for their clubs who have clearly altruistic reasons for supporting this move.
So, we would expect to see Arsenal playing Manchester United in Yaounde, Cameroon or Luanda, Angola.
Liverpool could take a home game to Porto Alegre in Brazil and Chelsea could have a smashing week in Yamoussoukro in Ivory Coast. Talk about taking football to the heaving masses. Then there are cities like Langhzou in China and Bhopal in India that would really benefit from hosting a Premier League game – think of what it would do for the huddled masses in the Far East and the sub-continent.
So, come on all you fans who profess to love their clubs. Let’s share them with the rest of the world.
Don’t believe the negative publicity being pushed at the moment from the jackals of the tabloid and broadsheet press. I believe that sincere owners like Gicks and Hilette, the Glazers and the estimable Davids, Gold and Sullivan are not prepared to let their clubs play games in safe places like Dubai, New York and Tokyo.
Nor are they doing it for money – these are men who have the best interests of the game at heart and genuinely want to share what they have with everyone. Here’s hoping that Niall Quinn and John Hays have half the integrity of the aforementioned.