State Intervention in Football? Get Lost!

July 1, 2010

(Hat tip to Jeff Randall of the Telegraph)

Across our green and pleasant land people are asking themselves how our footballers could perform so miserably in South Africa.

Why are they failing? What’s going on? It can’t be a physical thing, because apart from Fulham, our clubs have been fairly poor in Europe and have played comparatively fewer games than in normal seasons. Maybe it’s a mental thing, maybe something is distracting the players, maybe off field incidents are affecting their performances? Who knows? I’m sure we’ll find out over the next few weeks, especially as one senior England international is allegedly applying for a “Terry-esque” super injunction to prevent a Sunday newspaper printing damaging revelations about him and his wife.

Anyway, leave the rumours, back to the football.

People have offered numerous suggestions as to how to improve the state of our national football team, ranging from the totally necessary total shake up of the team (dropping established players like Terry and Lampard), to the slightly more “out-there” sacking of Capello, to the totally ludicrous suggestion of pumping state funds into training academies and having David Beckham picking the team.

Easy there! state funding for football academies? Yeah, right, that’s sensible. It beggars belief that there are some people who would seriously suggest this as a solution. Considering that the all encompassing message from Westminster is “Slash and Burn” on public spending, what makes these people think that our money should be used to prop up the national game? The Premiership is absolutely swimming in money for Christ’s sakes, Sky have funnelled billions into the Premiership over the years and we’re seriously pondering using tax payers money to pay for academies? How ironic that the Premiership and the professional game as a whole, for so long the ultimate expression of total capitalism may find itself receiving government subsidies for youth development.

When Osborne, Clegg and Cameron have sorted out the £1.5 TRILLION national debt (Thanks Gordon), sorted out a suitable plan for withdrawal from Afghanistan and Iraq (Thanks Tony) and can reduce the crime in my neighbourhood, then they can get involved in sorting out football, and not a second before.

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3 Responses to “State Intervention in Football? Get Lost!”


  1. Africa has less time for romance. They go straight for the groin. Nigeria are ahead of the English on then way forward. Just ban football and get administrators clean up their act. There is too much money in English football for pensioner s to fund development.

  2. Mike McKenna Says:

    The state interfering is a bad idea. Just look at the France squad for reasons why.

    The French government has said they will “investigate” why France got knocked out of the World Cup, and FIFA have issued a thinly-veiled threat that they will ban the French team if they do. The same with Nigeria.

    The idea is a joke. Quite simply, all they have to do is force the Premier League to care about the rest of English football, and stop considering the game “a product”. Invest the billions in a more reasoned way, and all of a sudden the game is fine…

  3. Stattoz Says:

    State interference seems to have worked in Australia. The “Crawford Enquiry” was an independent inquiry set up by the Federal govt to make recommendations to fix the parlous state football had got itself into. The recommendations of the Enquiry were implelemnted by the sport because the govt threatened to withhold funding. More at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2003_Report_of_the_Independent_Soccer_Review_Committee


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