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Don't Ruin Our National Game

Ok, we all know by now the proposals for making the Premier League a franchise and selling the game down the river in the pursuit of a few more pennies for the money greedy men who ruin, sorry that was meant to be run, the game.

The news for many came as no real shock, we as fans have been moved from pillar to post for years with ridiculous kick off times, late changes to fixtures to suit TV, new replica kits being introduced every other day (!) and a constant lack of respect to fans, we all have to sit down and woe betide any fan making any noise above a polite handclap, not to mention the very important health and safety rule that fans can't be trusted with the very dangerous bottle tops to their drinks.

However surely the fact that all 20 of the Premier League Chairman voted in favour of looking at the proposal to further erode the great tradition of the game proves that for once, fans have GOT to unite to put an end to it? If they can't see that they will be destroying football for the want of a few more pounds in their already swelling banks, then the fans will have to show it.

For me, if we franchise the game and start this world wide circus, I think I'll break my own heart and leave the Premier League and the club I love, it will be the straw that breaks the camels back as I don't think I'd want anything to do with it.

A few examples of the feelings of editors across the Vital Premier League sites are here and then below is a link to a petition set up by our Vital Arsenal editor. Yes, it is 'just' a petition, but we surely have to start somewhere? Sign it, send it to your mates to sign it, even the teams in the Championship, Cola 1 and 2 etc should put their names against such a move because what the Premier League starts, other leagues are bound to try to replicate in some way, shape or form. This goes beyond team loyalty and hits at the very root of OUR game.

Arsenal: PL Threatens The Essence Of Our Game
Villa Stick Your Global Brand Up Your ****
Chelsea: First overseas Premiership Fixtures
Manchester City: Selling Its Soul To The Devil
Manchester United: Overseas Prem Games? Please No!

Sign the petition here: Don't Ruin Our National Game

Other network and independent sites, PLEASE replicate this, publish the petition and spread the word. All individuals against the PL proposal, please forward to all your friends to sign.

(Published across all Vital Premier League sites. With thanks to Rocky for getting the petition set up.)

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JP Fear




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Date:Friday February 8 2008

Time: 9:53AM

Your Comments

I think it's bollox. An extra game with the top teams seeded. You could get relegated or miss a euro place on the back of that one game. Can't imagine any extra foreign cash would compensate that. If they decide to go ahead they should pick the fixtures of a given week. Then the only disadvantage would neither team would be home & the home teams season ticket holders would get a refund. Whatever the lure of money is, it will know doubt benefit the big 4, who don't really need it but are just greedy. Sod the home supporter attitude as usual.
storagematt
Excellent lead article, but with gate receipts becoming a smaller proportion of a clubs income we must expect the worst. If the fans decided to stay away en masse, in protest, I am sure Sky would replace them with computor graphics.!!
007
it stinks, it really really stinks and i will be signing this petition as i had the one rocky from vital arsenal also is running...
pompeyrug
my opinion on this issue will not change, i dont think games should be played abroad - other than european and pre season - full stop.. but, i keep coming back to the thought - lets put the 'main' issue aside as to why this is being done, which is money - there shouldnt be a 'bonus' game abroad or on home soil as how can a 'random' one off game wherever it takes place be fair? title, european and relegation issues probably will be effected by these 'one off games', which then devalues the whole league does it not... that is just my argument at to why it is not fair, and that is not taking into account what is or isnt fair on the fans...
pompeyrug
The FA/league don't care what the fans think - all they see is signs.
tracyc
Just thought I would share with you what I posted on the petition. Competitive sport is not something that needs to be SOLD to anyone. We follow OUR teams because they represent our city, we buy the tickets, we buy the replica shirts, not because we want to give the club our money, but to see our team play in the best, most competitive league in the world, not a mickey mouse showcase sold to the highest bidder.
SolDestroyer
The Times this morning ran an article on possible fixtures and it paired Pompey with Blackburn in Sydney. Now I know someone who would enjoy that (Gray) but for the rest it is an appalling example of greed!! Petition signed.
eastneydave
ahh the petition rocky is running is this one... over 800 have signed it so far...
pompeyrug
Petition Signed ..... now on number 2212.. it's gaining momentum .. Is you hvaen't signed and agreed that games should not be played abroad then please just follow the link above ... takes two minutes... Petitions are a number games .. the more names the more they seem to gather momentum... Well done Rocky for starting this .. Vtal had Over 4000 active members in January.. so we are have way there in less than a day !
Chix
Just added the wifes names .... she has enough problems with me going to Pompey on a Saturday ...... Doesn't fancy me staying "were playing in Toronto this weekend!" .....It's up to 2140 now... 20+ added in less than three or four minutes..
Chix
how many 'wifes' do you have Chix :-) you said 'Just added the wifes names'... 2827 now!
pompeyrug
 

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