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The last soviet in the Breakaway Union

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Like a scene from Monty Python’s Holy Grail, eight (and counting) of the 12 breakaway clubs saw their steely commitment a European Super League transform into a desire to “run away”.  Liverpool owner, John W Henry, very eloquently said that he was never going to proceed without the support of fans, which I do not believe.  The threat of expulsion by Fifa and Uefa, and legal action by the Government, were the deciding factors.  Take the opportunity to listen to Henry’s comments, if only to hear him repeatedly refer to Liverpool as “LFC”.  It is as though he learned all he knows about the club by text message.

As well as the English six, Atletico Madrid and Inter also withdrew.  There was a time in 1991 when Kazakhstan was the only remaining soviet in the Soviet Union.  Soon they Kazakhs will have something in common with a well-tailored European, probably from Madrid.

Yesterday, the Prime Minister called the breakaway a cartel, oblivious that football leagues everywhere are a cartel.  The cartel in England and Wales excludes clubs from Scotland.  If he was truly interested in building UK cultural ties, he would use his legislative threats to curb this cartel’s operations.

Although European Super League plans are shelved, no one in the game can be satisfied this morning.  We now know there are billions of euros available to whoever can pull a deal together, money Uefa and the national leagues leave on the table.  That thought will spark neurons until the next iteration becomes public.  If you think the money men will shrug and walk away, you don’t know much about business.

Europe now needs leadership; people who can conceive competitions that allow clubs to reach the top of the game through merit alone, delivering some of that money left on the table.  Maybe our man on the ECA will have some ideas.

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  1. PeterLatchfordsBelly on

    More gaslighting from P67. Our man on the ECA has a commitment to sporting merit? Mr ‘I never read the 5WA’ you mean? Mr Continuation Lie/ Let The Keep The Titles?

     

     

    This is closer to the truth, from today’s Sentinel Celts:

     

     

    “No team in Scotland that has forty million in the bank loses a title, unless they want to that is.

     

     

    And there’s the crunch.

     

    It’s a fix, theres no other way to put it.

     

    Ask Auldheid.

     

    Couple for you, couple for me.

     

    Mediocrity are we,,whose lives are pledged to Moustache.”

     

     

    But P67 tells us we don’t understand business. Screwing you over in a rigged game by exploiting your inter-generational attachment? Grow up. It’s just business…

     

     

    Who wants to keep buying into that?

  2. I love a conspiracy theory, especially in the knowledge that some have actually been proven to be true.

     

    ( And there are many more current and not so current ones that will be proven true )

     

     

    However, even I don’t buy the whopper that we deliberately sabotaged the 10.

     

     

    HH.

  3. BIG JIMMY I’m sure it’s 2 weeks before you can have a swally after “The Jag” :))))))))) por cierto

  4. Paul 67,

     

     

    Interesting article.

     

    Football will change, of that there is no doubt.

     

     

    What better way to to harmonise the UK than to give us an all inclusive Football league.

     

     

    HH.

  5. Peterlatchford.absolutely spot on.we are getting took for mugs.schemers that no fuk all.sold our soul to the devil.pig sick!!

  6. Maybe our man on the ECA will have some ideas.

     

     

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    There is the fear. They retain PL on the board because of his links to Neil Doncaster and the ECA.

  7. Football leagues everywhere are a cartel? I doubt whether you would win that argument in any court of law.

  8. When you look at the fan power down south, even with all of the tv money and absence of fans in stadia currently, it begs the question, where were Celtic fan groups and organisations over the past 10 years and how did this mess pass them by? The cover up, the continuation myth, the lies and incompetence. Minority shareholders and supporters have been let down universally. Profit and shareholders came before integrity and fairness of competition. Fans groups stood by and did nothing.

  9. One thing I will always remember about the past 10 years, at the end of the season 16/17, invincible treble season, there was a testimonial or charity match at Swansea. For whatever reason Rodgers was there and so was Darren Fletcher, previously of MUFC and known Celtic supporter. When Fletcher met Rodgers in the tunnel he utter the following words,

     

     

    ‘You made my club good again’

     

     

    Let that sink in.

  10. GREENPINATA

     

     

    I heard Callum McGregor was on a five figure bung to elbow that own goal into the nest at Ibrox in January

     

     

    What a load of tosh!

  11. ‘There was a time in 1991 when Kazakhstan was the only remaining soviet in the Soviet Union.’

     

     

     

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    Surely it would have been the last remaining Republic rather than the last remaining Soviet. ‘Soviet’ was used as an an adjective, not as a noun in the title of the USSR.

  12. Can I ask for 2 things

     

     

    1 For those who do please remember in your prayers my best mate Ray who has just been diagnosed with bowel cancer after noticing blood in his poo.

     

     

    2 If anyone notices changes in your bowel movements or notices blood in their wee or pop then don’t delay seeing your doctor.

     

     

    It’s rather ironic that I was given the all clear earlier this year having gone had a colonography.

  13. I hope the tv in the directors lounge is switched off

     

     

    I hope those tasked with bringing in a new management team are fully focused on this and appreciate the urgency.

     

     

    I hope there is white smoke soon.

  14. !!Bada Bing!! on

    ‘Our man on the ECA’,couldn’t replace a failing manager in October, and were still fannying about mid April, the sooner he’s out of CP the better.

  15. Big Georges Fan Club - Hail, Hail, Wee Oscar on

    GENE – best of luck for your pal, Ray. Make sure he asks about Clinical Trials

  16. GREENPINATA on 21ST APRIL 2021 12:37 PM

     

    I love a conspiracy theory, especially in the knowledge that some have actually been proven to be true.

     

     

     

     

    ( And there are many more current and not so current ones that will be proven true )

     

     

     

     

     

     

    However, even I don’t buy the whopper that we deliberately sabotaged the 10.

     

     

     

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    Think of it more as deferred gratification rather than as deliberate sabotage, see if that helps.

  17. With the downsizing that occurred after BR left, let’s say we gave our opponents every opportunity to succeed, which they grabbed with both hands! por cierto

  18. Lawwell going to help anyone but Lawwell or his job prospects, I doubt that very very much.

  19. ‘Maybe our man on the ECA will have some ideas.’

     

     

    Even Smithers from The Simpsons would struggle to better that.

  20. Where there is money there is greed, selfishness and corruption. That’s why we need strong regulation of ‘markets’. Sport is now a ‘market’ and it needs regulating. It should be treated differently from other areas. It must have a legal framework unique to its own inherent sporting needs and that should include strong regulations and limitations on ‘ownership’, share dividends, spending and so on.

     

     

    If it is treated like any other industry it will act that way when the people running those industries take it over – as they have done.

     

     

    Like most other things I reach the depressing conclusion that all we are seeing here is the inevitable outworking of capitalism. Most of you seem to think it is the best system humans can come up with and work. Well, if that is the case, suck this up football wise because football is now seen as a place to invest capital, create surplus and hoover up profit. Without comparing the importance of pharmaceuticals to football, the same logic applies- so long as they remain subject to free markets, wedded to shareholder value and profit making, their core function is not entertaining fans or helping the sick. It is making money. And that is the end point of the logic of capitalism as applied to these fields alone.

     

     

    As our host says sometimes- you voted for this.

  21. If I were to consider and prioritise the following – new mgt team, super league, new dof, joiners mover leavers- I would suggest

     

     

    1. New DoF

     

    2. New mgt team

     

    3. Joiners, movers, leavers

     

    4. Super league

     

     

    We need to be more focused than we have been over the past 18 months or so. The 10 became a distraction which we didn’t deal with

  22. I think we might have seen a power shift this week. For years, money has been sent in certain directions, reforms of competitions etc to suit a handful of clubs. These clubs’ main bargaining tool was the threat of breaking away.

     

     

    However, we saw UEFA hold firm; FIFA threaten World Cup bans; governments threaten to get involved.

     

     

    They’ve shown their hand, used their only weapon, and have failed. They have very little left. Maybe now, UEFA and the rest of Europe can stand up and reform to a fairer model, a fairer CL and start by getting rid of this new format.

  23. squire danaher on

    Yesterday, the Prime Minister called the breakaway a cartel, oblivious that football leagues everywhere are a cartel. The cartel in England and Wales excludes clubs from Scotland. If he was truly interested in building UK cultural ties, he would use his legislative threats to curb this cartel’s operations.

     

     

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    Paul

     

     

    How do you suppose the SFA (and the6-county FA) would react to being told by Government that they were going to be eaten by the English FA?

     

     

    How do you suppose the Other 14, as we will have to start calling them, will respond were the UK PM to agree to your suggested blatant political opportunism??

  24. Paul 67

     

    Any thoughts on putting forward a suggestion for the club to arrange a testimonial for Lawwell?

     

    The attendance would be interesting.

     

    I’d he would he would go up to the green brigade section to acknowledge them, especially if he could get a loan of Ned Kelly’s old suit of choice.

  25. Back to Basics - Glass Half Full on

    Majestic Hartson – apologies for delayed response.

     

     

    From last thread …..

     

     

    Jeremie played at right back

     

     

    He repeatedly tried and failed to beat full back.

     

     

    Caught out in defence. Fast legs, slower brain.

     

     

    And was hooked.

     

     

    To be fair, he was up against Bayern Munich and Alfonso Davies !

     

     

    That said, it felt like watching a repeat.

     

     

    Hail hail

     

     

    Keep The Faith

     

     

    We’re Not Half of Anything

  26. POR CIERTO on 21ST APRIL 2021 12:41 PM

     

    BIG JIMMY I’m sure it’s 2 weeks before you can have a swally after “The Jag” :))))))))) por cierto

     

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    PC & BJ I had a right good swally on the Saturday after getting the jab on the Wednesday and i was and am fine.

     

     

    Probably the jab didnt work right enough. :)

     

     

    D :)

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