Tim Lovejoy - Football has become a really bad soap opera
Published: 04 Feb 2010 - 13:52:00
Football feels like the end of the Roman Empire right now.
I'm half-amazed, half-blase at the stories of sexploits and wrong doings dominating the papers. It's like a really bad soap opera.
Sadly, I think football as an industry will pay a heavy price. How much longer will the public and the game's sponsors put up with the goings on?
But I don't think the players are to blame. They live a life without consequence, and I suppose most people in their position would try and push the boundaries.
Footballers can do anything they want, and get away with it. The clubs are so scared of losing them they'll look the other way, and very rarely do you see a player fined or dropped as a result of their off-the-field actions.
The managers aren't in a position to act either. If they drop a star player, then it's their head on the block when the team suffers as a result.
For most readers of this column, behaving badly can result in a loss of earnings, or even the sack. But that's simply not true if you're a Premier League footballer.
Unsurprisingly, the media are lapping up the John Terry story. It makes great copy for them, and you can be sure the stories will flow all the way to the World Cup in June. There are bound to be further revelations on more players.
But I find the Team Terry/Team Bridge campaigns childish and simply taking football down to the level of Jordan and Peter Andre. I don't think we should be taking sides I think we should be letting them all get on with sorting out their mess.
As for the captiancy, well it's divided the country. I actually have faith in Capello as our gaffa and I believe he'll make the right decision for us.
JORDAN ASSETS WILL BE MISSED
Talking of Jordan, I was sad to see Simon Jordan leave Crystal Palace, and football, behind.
I know a lot of people didn't like him, but you have to respect somebody who stands up for what they believe in. I didn't always agree with what he said, but it was good that he was asking the questions.
I met him recently and I could tell he had had enough. He talked about how depressed he was at certain aspects of football and he didnt like some of the ways it was being run.
Jordan had a good innings at Palace, and a real passion for the club. It's a sad loss to the game.
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