Premier League Using Portsmouth As A Scape Goat?
For Months now, everyone has known that Portsmouth have massive debts and defaulted on Payments, which everyone knows is wrong, and will result in problems. After all, you can't NOT pay your mortgage and expect to live in your house for long, before someone comes knocking at the door, and if not resolved, return with a lorry to remove/sell items or even evict you from your home. Therefore, although it IS wrong for Pompey, and other teams to default on agreements, it is a bit Harsh for the Premier League to constantly point the finger at the club.
The Premier League have got to take some of the blame. It's no good the Premier League, bemoaning the debts these clubs now have, and making headlines on how disappointed they are that clubs do not operate within their means. Do the Premier League, NOT have a Fit and Proper Persons test, that they have just admitted does NOT include any questions or require any proof, that any prospective owners have any money? - Surely this is Common Sense, can I get a mortgage without a job? NO, because I HAVE to provide proof of funds/earnings.
Does the Premier League, NOT oversee all the transfers in and out of clubs, within the Transfer Windows, which ALL have to be run past the Premier League at the time of signing players? Detailing amounts paid, and wages agreed? - Surely therefore the Premier League should be asking for proof that ALL Clubs can meet these agreed wages, and fees before signing off the deals? Not waiting till a club is in dire straights before slapping the clubs wrists?
I find it hard to believe that Pompey along with others that have not been plastered all over the Papers, have had embargos, failed to pay wages, failed to pay scheduled payments, YET the Premier League now stands High and Mighty wielding a big stick. I think its time the Government got involved, and ask the Premier League some tough questions. They should also have an independent Body to oversee, and monitor the Premier League, and/or FA just as they have with Ofcom, and Ofwat etc.
This is not "Just a Game", this is our national sport, and the Premier League are making a mockery of it. Don't blame the Clubs! That is no better than a poor tradesman, blaming his tools.
There should be more to running a Premier League, than just driving up funds through sponsorship, TV revenues and waving a big stick and appearing to be in control, blaming everyone bar yourselves, ONLY when the Media come knocking on the door. I really think Prime Ministers question time should be asked to look into the running of the Premier League, before Platini and his Merry Men step in and make us look more of a joke than we already do...And I don't mean Portsmouth, I mean English Football and the way it's managed!
P.S Do the right thing, and remove the embargo on Portsmouth FC, and give them a fighting chance. All this embargo is doing now, is keeping both Pompey and the Premier League in the Headlines for the wrong reasons, and giving more ammunition as to why the Premier League can not manage itself.Written by Midge
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