The FA vs The Premier League Reaches Critical Mass


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. Could you theorize on what a coup d’etat of the FA by the Premier League would look like? Wouldn’t there be massive parliamentary hurdles to overcome? Would the coming conservative government be open to such a bold move with huge implications for the grass roots football across Britain?

  2. Dave says:

    A Coup d’etat would simply remove Triesman at this stage; I don’t think there’s a wider goal.

    The only thing the Premier League wants which is the FA’s corporately is some money currently made on the back of the England team and more FA Cup prize money. But the real power isn’t what they can get; it’s what they can stop the FA doing – namely being powerful on the back of the World Cup bid being successful, being more aligned with UEFA on the issue of financial fair play and being critical of the PL’s debt bloat.

  3. Steve says:

    It would be idiotic of the Premier League to sabotage the FA’s World Cup bid. You could easily argue that English football’s growth in popularity, and the success of the Premier League, was directly related to England’s progression in the 1990 World Cup. Just think how a World Cup held in England could help the Premier League’s popularity grow even more, not just here, but abroad too.

    Short-termist, selfish nonsense from footballing authority. Should we expect anything else?

  4. Martin says:

    Interesting stuff. For all its faults, people who knock the FA should remember who its inevitable replacement would be…

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    […] The FA vs The Premier League Reaches Critical Mass Jean Cousin the Elder, Saint Mammes and Duke Alexander “Lord Triesman could be forgiven for wondering why he is bothering. England’s bid for the 2018 World Cup, a bid which was widely reported as being theirs to lose, stands at the point of collapse after what is starting to look like a systematic attack on the credibility of Triesman and the Football Association. It is starting to feel as if the battle lines are being drawn for some sort of Battle Royale for ultimate control of the English game, and that the emotive subject of hosting the World Cup finals is being used as the opening gambit in the battle.” (twohundredpercent) […]

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