I first wanted to ask the question, which many children in school will be asking soon…Is the events on the field still real or has money taken over? Maybe through my ignorance at the time but I remember my youth, these arguments were not as eminent as they seem to be today. Match fixing has entered the house of the pitch and is starting to find refuge.
Today was even vital again for the same reasons, with Wayne Rooney‘s parent being detained for questioning regarding simulation. Two weeks ago I believe, I watched a programme on sky sports news which covered past match fixers and how referees were being used to fix games.
Now these pictures are not indicative in my understanding or opinion of known match fixers but I have just used these to highlight occupation. If the referees, players, owners, agents and governing bodies are involved in the derailing of matches, then this cannot be right can it? I have watched football for many years and can mention a couple of games which arose my suspicions. Chelsea v FC Barcelona semi-final in 2009. Something was clearly happening in this game and cannot be disputed.
Like any organisation, if the head is corrupt, it slides down the hierarchy and infests a majority. We effectively have a crime scene on our hands as this obviously has criminal implications.
Money it seems has taken over the game and has changed the orientation surrounding the grass it is played on. Some may argue that with the amount of money now invested in clubs, it is expected and maybe so. What I will is this, Just like injunctions – I do not like the hypocritical side of potential match fixers. I do not disregard them fully but like courts I rebut frivolous claims. People pay money to see a legitimate match, if they were not interested in reality, they would stay home, wipe dust off game consoles and get reacquainted. Further to this point, a fake match is put on and they make even more money from betting on it (as well as from wages etc).
What do you the reader think however?
As always, I anticipate and await your comments and am ready to discuss in educative debate format.