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Don't Ruin Our National Game

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

Writer:Site Staff
Date:Friday February 8 2008
Time: 9:51AM


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.
08/02/2008 10:03:00
I've signed... It's so disappointing. The game used to be about playing football, not making money. Is it any wonder we have a nation of mercenaries when the people in charge of football make more money than they spend on coaching at grass roots and our top earners make more money week in week out than a small nation? It's time we adopted a wage cap and a national limit on foreigners in the side to re-evaluate our priorities in this game, or they're gonna lose us supporters pretty soon.
08/02/2008 10:24:00
Just wrote this on our Boro forum - Imagine that Wigan and Bolton were level on points going into the last game and were sitting joint 18th. Bolton got drawn with Liverpool and Wigan got drawn with Derby. Bolton lose, Wigan win - there would be outrage and rightly so. One of many negatives that proves the idea is a load of crap.
08/02/2008 10:41:00
I will sign but someone somewhere has to come up with something more. I have a feeling as I'm sure most others do that this petition, though I agree its a good start, wont do too much about this issue. Maybe a strike across the PL, if we could actually make that work I'm sure it would help a little. We need some genius to find out how we hit every club hard. Maybe if we can get one team against this extra game they might not pull it off. Does anyone know if it has to be every team that agrees? Its disgusting.
08/02/2008 10:43:00
I think that a nationwide protest by no fans turning out for any premier league game for 1 weekend would be enough for the PL to drop this idea!
08/02/2008 11:40:00
I agree.... it's commercial enough!
08/02/2008 12:00:00
I have put this on Facebook as a group - its called - Dont Ruin Our National Game. Join the group and invite all your mates to join it. Lets get this done.
08/02/2008 13:03:00
This is wrong, very wrong. I know its in the early stages, there's plenty of debate and discussion to come, but it all sounds the beginning of the end to me if the idea/scheme is allowed to develop. Worrying times.
08/02/2008 17:10:00
Stupid. I am being completely honest here when I say that this would be the end of footie for me. I stopped taking an interest in CL and UEFA a while back as they are everything I hate about modern football. The arguments about "what if we need a point [for whatever] and we draw Man U" are irrelevant. It's taking the game away from that which keeps it going: the fans. Worst thing about it is that, deep down, we all know it will happen regardless of what we, the fans and thus funders of football, think and want.
09/02/2008 02:01:00
What we need to understand is that these people actually know and care nothing about "football", they are salesmen and marketing managers, who have worked for "media" companies and banks. Danny Blanchflower, great player and sports journalist said that the essence of football was glory, a commodity which these people don't understand because it can't be measured in pounds or euros or any other of the onlt thing they understand. Interestingly not one of them has yet told us how the money will be divided, curious, considering how much they've already let slip. Who will obtain what proportion of the proceeds, stadium sizes and disposable income will differ greatly. On another issue it will first require a winter break, by the way Beijing in January is damn cold, Australia on the other hand is damn hot anybody thought about that, or are those the details that still need to be looked at? The winter break will also cause a compresssion of the fixture list, or we play on into June! Once again third round day will be disposed of, either brought forward, or put back, lets hope the FA stand their ground and refuse, who could fail to enjoy a cup final without the usual two or three teams? So, in summary I've signed the petition and will lobby where I can, and support whatever initiatives we can come up with, if the worst comes to the worst, i'll go and watch walsall instead of Villa.
10/02/2008 20:29:00
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