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Day: May 17, 2010

The Mail On Sunday Could Cost England The 2018 World Cup

This morning, Mark Murphy drew some conclusions about the benign influence of the Premier League in the fall of Lord Triesman from the FA. Ian King, however, feels that the blame for such incidents as this lies squarely with the press itself, who have been complicit in an agenda aimed at removing Triesman since he criticised the status quo a couple of  years ago. It had alwaysfelt as if the England bid for the 2018 World Cup was ill-starred, but the final blow to it almost certainly with yesterday’s kiss and tell story in the Mail on Sunday, which began with the usual intrusive nonsense that is habitually wheeled out with that oldest of catch-all media defences, that it is somehow in the “public interest”, and finished with a personal attack on Lord Triesman, something that it had felt as if certain sections of the press had been lining up for some considerable time. Very quickly, though, we should take a moment to consider Triesman’s comments about the Spanish/Portuguese and Russian bids for the tournament. Triesman should make one final public statement. If he has any evidence to back up what he said (and there is nothing in the public domain to suggest that there is), he should confirm that he is referring the information that he holds to FIFA. If not, he should state clearly and unequivocably that...

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The Power Of The Premier League

I am not going to pass any moral judgment on the grubby Melissa Jacobs, who secretly recorded a private conversation with the now ex-FA independent chairman, in order to make him the ex-FA independent chairman. I’m sure she had her reasons – quite possibly tens of thousands of them. Nor am I going to pass any moral judgment on the Mail on Sunday newspaper, which facilitated that recording and published the results. I’m sure there is some philosophical argument that moral judgment cannot be passed on something without morals. Nor am I going to pass moral judgment on Lord David Triesman, whose comments on World Cup bid rivals may have been made in a private conversation which should have remained a private conversation (see “grubby Melissa Jacobs” above). I’m sure he shouldn’t have made them, even in a private conversation. But I am going to pass moral judgment on the English Premier League, the avaricious, megalomaniac, narcissistic bully boy run by a gumptionless, superannuated clerk. I’m sure “it stinks” will pass for a moral judgment in some circles. I do not want to hear any more claims from any representative of the Premier League that they give a flying fiddle about the “good” of English football. Because such claims will be lies. This weekend, they made a choice to silence a threatening critic – and cared not one jot...

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