Category: Politics

The State of the Nation, 2017/18: An Overview 

There’s a chance that the summer of 2017 will, presuming that society doesn’t completely collapse over the next couple of months or so, come to be remembered as The Summer of No Football. There is a feeling of apathy hanging over the game as the year reaches its longest day, an air of lethargy that feels only accentuated by the heatwave that is currently overwhelming so many of us. For those of us that have thrown our lot in with writing about the game, this provides something of a dilemma. Our raison d’etre – be it money, an interest...

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Video Assistant Referees: A Step Too VAR?

Graham Poll would have LOVED it. Every time there was a controversial incident, and he was hardly averse to them, the cameras would have been on him to see if he would refer it to the Video Assistant referees (VARs). And when decisions were reached, the cameras would still be on HIM as he strutted around (and he WOULD strut) making said decision clear. The VAR system is under full tournament trial in the World Under-20s Cup Finals, currently wowing about 3,000 people-per-game in the Korean Republic, now that the hosts are out. It was tested in last December’s...

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Rangers: Not Relegated After All

The ruling took longer than expected but was simpler than expected. Rangers were not relegated in 2012. Don’t take my word for it (oh…you weren’t). Lord Bannatyne says so. The Scottish Court of Session judge’s decision in the Albert Ian Kinloch (AP) (Pursuer) v Coral Racing Limited (Defender) case was to “sustain the defenders third plea in law, repel the pursuer’s pleas in law and grant decree of absolvitor.” Which was obvious when you think about it. It is remarkable and reassuring that the law makes the answer to a superficially simple question such as were Rangers “relegated from...

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Rangers & The Strange Case of Mark Warburton’s “Resignation”

The best line about Mark Warburton’s departure as Glasgow Rangers manager came from Irish-based blogger Phil Mac Giolla Bhain. Mac Giolla Bhain has recently produced running commentaries on Rangers board meetings (the continuing anonymity of his source(s) is a wonder). Yet even he hadn’t seen this coming. “I was very surprised when Mark Warburton resigned last night and, in fairness, so was he.” The story, Rangers claiming that Warburton and his management team had resigned and Warburton denying all knowledge, might simply be that Rangers wanted rid of their under-performing management team and attempted to portray the departures as...

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FA In The “No Confidence” Vote In The FA

The debate on the House of Commons’ lack of confidence in the English Football Association (FA) took me back to some grim trade union conference days. In conference halls dominated by a Trotskyist political far-left, debates were repetitively tedious. Delegate-after-delegate would rail against “this vicious Tory government,” (even after Labour’s 1997 election victory, in the more deranged cases). The first speech would make ALL the required points in support of a motion and the subsequent dozens would offer nothing new, merely allowing the speakers to report to their branches (Socialist Workers’ Party, not union) that they had played their...

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