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Stick Your Global Brand Up Your ****

Stick Your Global Brand Up Your ****

A worrying report on BBC Sport today suggests the money greedy men who run the Premier League might be looking to take OUR teams global with some ties being played abroad.

Apparently at a meeting in London the 20 clubs agreed to 'explore' the chance of extending the season to 39 games with some played abroad. What? Expand the games, the same games that the managers contstantly moan are too many already?

The PL is now being looked at as a brand or even a franchise as opposed to something there for the fans. How far will it go before they realise there is only so far fans can be pushed?


The BBC claim the 10 extra games would go to the highest bidders and the teams to play would be drawn with the top five teams seeded. Oh ffs, sod off and leave and frigging game alone.

The changes, if given the go ahead, could be there for the 2010/11 season.

The co-chairman of the Football Supporters Federation told the BBC:

'I'm fairly confident in predicting that the overwhelming majority of football supporters will be totally opposed to this proposal. This is yet another case of the Premier League threatening the tradition of our game simply to follow money. What I want to do is put a challenge to the Premier League to abandon this completely if the majority of supporters turn out to be against it. The idea that teams can play a league game in a place where their supporters won't be able to go and watch them will be totally opposed by the vast majority of supporters.'

Must admit, that for me could well be the straw that breaks the camels back, it is bad enough we have to go and watch OUR teams play at stupid times - for instance this weekend the Newcastle United fans have to be down at Villa Park for a 12:45pm kick off, but if they take OUR teams abroad as well, sod it, no chance!

What do you think?

Writer:J P Fear
Date:Thursday February 7 2008
Time: 3:30PM


i think it is ridiculous......*****in 39 games !!!! whats that all about how does it become fair if say us and Everton are on equal points after 38 games and then they draw derby as their foreign game and we draw Man U (which of course we would).....and waht about season tickets, the price better no go up because of a stupid game that probably wont be able to reach as it is in deepest darkest Gambia or somthing......................arrarfjbjkgebnawigb;gnhgo; sorry m,ad about this its ridiculous !!!!
07/02/2008 15:37:00
Its not April 1st yet but this must be a joke. Then again they can have some of Wigan's home games as there are never any fans there anyway.
07/02/2008 15:42:00
Not fair if 1 team gets 2 away games rather than 1 home and 1 away. Would have to be every team has at least 2 games abroad 1 for each. Totally unwiorkable. There would be jetlag to contend with and the team you play next would have an advantage etc.
07/02/2008 15:45:00
Lunacy. Grass roots footie is becoming more desirable in my eyes. Bromsgrove Rovers anyone? It futures bright, the futures lower league football.
07/02/2008 16:08:00
Whatever happened to clubs complaining about their prcious players playing too many games and they're too tired blah, blah, blah? Oh, the chairmen have a solution, let's give them more games and cart them off half way around the world, great idea. Greed is eating this game, but this will be the final straw, if this goes through, the bottom will fall out of the Premiership, as fans we put up with a hell of a lot of *****. This will be the straw that breaks the camel's back and in ten years, when the Premiership is on its knees, they'll beg for us back.
Little Dutch
07/02/2008 16:09:00
I live in Ireland and would love to see Villa play in Croke Park. If Villa want to become a global brand then maybe this is the future. For me to see Villa 3 times a year is probably what it costs local fans for a season ticket. I would love to get to Villa Park more often but its too expensive and even harder now to book early for cheap tickets because kick off times get changed. Maybe keep 38 games but your game against the same opposition are both played abroad, with no fixture for a week after these games to give players a chance.
07/02/2008 16:25:00
Just a case of management trying to justify their own jobs. I've seen it so many times in industry, a new management team comes in and changes everything, they are then replaced and everything gets changed again, usually back to what it was before. They all want to make their mark and feel that if they are not changing things people will not notice what a good job they are doing. If it aint broke, don't fix it!
Villain Of The North
07/02/2008 16:47:00
Having made my previous point, if Villa want to boost their image in Southern Norway.......... :oP
Villain Of The North
07/02/2008 16:56:00
Bromsgrove Rovers!!No chance...Redditch United all the way ;-)
07/02/2008 17:40:00
der is an announcement on sky sports saying that teams can have seven substitutes from next season! that is at least one good thing thgat they have decided on today
07/02/2008 18:18:00
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