Friday, 27 August 2010
Friday, 13 August 2010
Imagine the World Cup and the football you watch is often subject to betting syndicates. Results are dictated by the flow of money from big gambling rackets in Russia and The Far East.
Imagine the money is so vast, it's influence is bigger than anything visible like federations, leagues, managers, television and sponsorship.
Imagine that four of the twenty-two players are bunged to effect the game's outcome. But also imagine that the referee is the most important person to get at.
And it's easier still to imagine that while goal line technology will one day be a part of football, it could only ever happen after Blatter steps down.
Now imagine the stories of corruption in football that would surface once Blatter does go.
Sometimes fact is stranger than fantasy?
Tuesday, 10 August 2010
But O'Neill, with less funds than the Big Four, must roll with the punches, manage within his means - and keep his malcontentedness strictly in house. If this is really about selling James Milner and Ashley Young, okay it's very frustrating. But so are three successive sixth placed finishes when Villa looked on course for the Champions League each Christmas.