If there has been one good thing to come out of the botched Super League plans, it’s proof that coordinated fan opposition does work.
With fans still gathered outside Stamford Bridge armed with placards and cans of Stella Artois, the news came through on Tuesday evening that the club would be withdrawing from the breakaway competition.
If football fans can stop this, what other evils can they rid the game of? Quite a lot we reckon. Here’s six to get us started, though.
In just 48 hours, there was enough pressure placed on an elite few by players, managers and clubs to lead to the Super League’s implosion.
Perhaps with a similar level of collective action, football may finally be able to stamp out its racism problem. In both instances, it is a case of the many versus the few.
In the future, similar fan protests may be able to force social media companies and the footballing authorities into harsher penalties for racists.
At the start of the 2019/2020 season, the cheapest adult season ticket at Arsenal and Tottenham would set you back the best part of £800. That’s more than £40 per game to watch two mid-table Premier League sides.
When fans are allowed back into stadiums, these same clubs will try to rip you off again. They’ll blame the pandemic for squeezing their purses but you shouldn’t let them squeeze yours.
Fan activism against the price of football has led to away tickets being capped in the past and the ethos of the Twenty’s Plenty campaign must now be carried into 2021.
While we’re at it, can we try and lower the price of pies as well. Asking for a mate…
Women’s football is the fastest growing sport on the planet.
It has recently earned a potentially revolutionary television deal and the figures show that when you do broadcast games people watch in their droves.
If you were under any illusions that those at the top of the men’s game cared at all about women’s sport, these notions were smashed by the unveiling of the Super League. In the statement, a women’s equivalent league was deemed worthy of just a few sentences.
Enough is enough. It is time that standards and conditions across the women’s game were raised to those that are bestowed upon the men’s.
What on Earth is the 2022 World Cup doing in Qatar? Honestly, how did it come to this?
The ultra-conservative state criminalises homosexuality, still has the death penalty and according to the The Guardian, has been responsible for the deaths of 4,500 migrant workers.
Those workers have been building the very stadiums that foreign dignitaries will no doubt be pictured posing inside in just over a year’s time. Some players have already taken a stand against the tournament.
Now, it’s time for supporters to flex our muscles.
It is impossible to follow football in the United Kingdom without being bombarded with betting advertisements.
While adults should be free to make their own informed decisions about gambling, its omnipresence in the beautiful game leaves a sour taste in many supporters’ mouths.
A good start would be stopping the shady practice of clubs tweeting out betting offers on their social media accounts. Sponsorship, in-play ads and player transfer betting markets are other things fans should have a say on.
Football agents have their purpose, we will give them that. Giving club’s too much power over their staff can lead to some drastic consequences and having an intermediary who is savvy to the ins and outs of the industry is important.
However, we think we can all agree that ‘super-agents’ – excuse us while we throw up – are a step too far.
Say no to obscene fees. Say no to them only looking out for their own interests over their players. And please, please, please say no to Jonathan Barnett giving 100 radio interviews a year where he says so much, and yet so little, all at the same time.
Since Cristiano Ronaldo’s blockbuster transfer from Manchester United to Real Madrid in 2009, the football transfer market has been gripped by hyperinflation.
Suddenly, a player normally worth £15m would go for twice as much, and it’s a trend that has continued to leave relatively smaller clubs with absolutely no chance of competing.
Similarly to transfer fees, something needs to be done to level the playing field – a move that is far more likely to create a ‘super league’ organically than throwing money at it.