Half of European football already marginalised – the proposed super league would be the death knell

EUROPE 2021 is not a truly united continent and the United Kingdom is less of a member than at any time over the last 50 years. Modern football has been partly shaped by European unity and free movement of labour … Continue reading Half of European football already marginalised – the proposed super league would be the death knell

So, Brexit…what might it mean for non-league?

THERE’S no doubting the big topic on everyone’s mind at present – Britain’s departure from the European Union. Although a lot of people won’t realise it, the ripples of this seismic event will filter all the way down to non-league level. Here’s a few thoughts. At the sharp end of the game, there is obviously a huge issue about non-UK players, be they EU-domiciled or outside of the EU. With Brexit, both categories will probably be treated the same – in other words, the queue for “all passports” just got that little bit longer. But you can be assured that … Continue reading So, Brexit…what might it mean for non-league?

Brexit and the Premier: The Goldblum theory

THERE’S BEEN  a lot of scare-mongering about Brexit and what it means for every corner of society in the UK. As Jeff Goldblum said in Jurassic Park, “life, uh, finds a way” and that’s exactly what half of the country is telling itself this week as the UK finds itself more divided than at any time since the Civil Wars of the 17th century. A short while ago, the Premier League said that the nation’s top football competition was one of the things that British people were truly proud of, along with the BBC and the Royal Family. Such nonsense! … Continue reading Brexit and the Premier: The Goldblum theory

Euro 2016: It helps to win the opener…but it’s not a Brexit situation

DÉJÀ VU or just bad luck? Amid the sound of police sirens, argy-bargy between two sets of fans, stand-offs and inappropriate goading of terrorists, England kicked off their Euro 2016 campaign with a draw against unfancied Russia. “Russia’s identity crisis could make them England’s ideal opponents”, said one report ahead of the game. For most of the 90 minutes, that headline looked safe – England certainly outpassed Russia – but their opponents rekindled the spirit of the old Soviet Union teams in keeping focused right to the end. They were very fortunate. If you believed everything you read, Russia were … Continue reading Euro 2016: It helps to win the opener…but it’s not a Brexit situation

The real problem at the heart of the football and Brexit debate

FOOTBALL has often be used as a political tool, but it has now crept into the grand discussion over Britain’s membership of the European Union. It was inevitable, but what has been said so far is akin to scaremongering on the part of strategically-placed comments in the media by the government. Karren Brady, or to use her correct society name, Baroness Brady, has sent out a warning that if Britain does depart the EU, hundreds of foreign Premier League footballers will have to leave the country. How very selective! For a start, those that are here will be allowed to … Continue reading The real problem at the heart of the football and Brexit debate