The Battle Is Over And The FA Deserves Only Our Contempt


Ian began writing Twohundredpercent in May 2006. He lives in Brighton. He has also written for, amongst others, Pitch Invasion, FC Business Magazine, The Score, When Saturday Comes, Stand Against Modern Football and The Football Supporter. Ian was the first winner of the Socrates Award For Not Being Dead Yet at the 2010 NOPA awards for football bloggers.

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6 Responses

  1. Richard says:

    It sounds like it’s pitchfork and torches time.

  2. Joe Bloghead says:

    This is absolutely ludicrous – the governing body’s role is not to govern, they’re effectively arguing?

    The Press Complaints Commission are getting a lot of pressure over the News of the World matter recently, but self-regulation would actually be better than this sort of absent regulator.
    How can they argue it’s not in their remit, for instance, to try and make sure more clubs aren’t bought out with the club’s own money, hamstringing the club and forcing prices up, in the manner of Man Utd.?

    That’s just something really basic, before we get into the more important but theoretically debatable matters like parachute payments or distribution of TV money and tickets.

    And the phrase ‘fan issues’ – wouldn’t that be everything?

  3. Simon Cope says:

    I should feel angry. I should be composing an angry letter to Mr Bernstein, and to my MP. But I don’t. I just feel flat. This could and should have been a defining turning point in the history of our game. And what have the FA done is response to the wide-ranging DCMS inquiry? Same as usual. In fact, worse than that, they’ve even explicitly excluded some areas of the game that they absolutely *should* be taking responsibility for. Shame on you, FA. Shame on you.

  4. Jertzee says:

    I could pretty much put the same comment to virtually all of 200%’s articles…”Football is fucked”

  5. SD says:

    It could well be argued that the FA should never really have been seen as the protector of the game in the first place. It was formed in 1863 which in my reckoning places it firmly in the era when football was still considered an amateur sport to be primarily enjoyed by the upper classes. From the 1880s onwards football became professional and the working class made it much more their game.

    OK my history probably isn’t entirely accurate but the point is that the FA has never really moved out of the era it was born in. It still sees itself as an old boys club and probably wistfully dreams of the days when FA cup finals were contested by public shool teams.

    I know there isn’t an obvious solution to all of this but if the FA are going to remain stuck in their own little uncaring world then football fans don’t need them anymore. The answer is to let them fade away into the mists of time and move on with something else, but I’ve no idea how to do this.

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