Just In Case You Thought That They Actually Cared…

“All animals are created equal”, wrote George Orwell, “but some animals are more equal than others”. The images of “Animal Farm” are easily invoked when considering the running of football in England, and none are quite as apt as the pigs in their ceremonial blazers with self-awarded medals if one is trying to imagine what was going on at today’s meeting of the Football League, which culminated in Luton Town being docked a further twenty points on top of the ten that they had already lost earlier this year for falling into administration again. The League’s chairman, Brian Mawhinney, has claimed that the decision was critical, in order to, “to protect the integrity of their competitions”. He also stated that “This often means making difficult decisions which require balancing the interests of fans, the club’s creditors and the other teams in the League”. One club in particular may well come to benefit from this decision, but we’ll come back to that later. This is a sanction that will almost certainly cost Luton their place in the League at the end of next season. In truth, Luton Town were bent over a barrel by the Football League. The alternative was expulsion from the Football League, which, with everything ready to go for the start of the new season, would have meant the club folding altogether. The Football League is insisting...

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