Is It Wrong To Laugh Whilst Writing An Obituary?

G14 hasn’t gone away, of course. That would, obviously, be asking too much. It’s more, well, a change of strategy. Since its foundation in 2000, G14 has taken something of a “bull in a china shop” approach to its politicking, getting itself involved in needless court cases with one sole aim – creating a European legal precedent that would make them more money. The crassness of their involvement in the Charleroi vs FIFA case was staggering – here was G14, explicitly setting its sights on the governors of the world game, and using a small, provincial, Belgian club to do so. They barely even bothered with the pretence of caring about Charleroi. This was all about making money out of FIFA. There is a cogent case to be made that the clubs should be given a share of the money that the confederations make from the likes of the World Cup and the European Championships. These are the people that pay the wages of the players that the international associations take away, use, make a profit from and occasionally return in pretty bad condition. The FA has a compensation package which covers the wages of players that get injured on international duties. However, it is limited to £50,000 per week, and a number of the players in the England squad earn considerably more than that. In the case of,...

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