James Dostoyevsky: The King says he’s going soon. Let the run for his clothes begin

The 48th UEFA Congress in Paris on February 8 turned truly interesting after it was over.

Towards the end, when the Congress was re-voting on term limits that had acutally been approved in 2017, European football’s hillbillies played their frenetic banjo tunes much like in ‘Deliverance’ (a remarkable movie) seemingly oblivious of Swiss Law which stipulates: no statute change can be valid retroactively. A surprise? Probably not.

The English FA once again stuck out like the proverbial sore thumb in a European desert and steadfastly raised their red card to protest something that was neither new, controversial and barely close to the big sports integrity issues facing the European (and world) game – and you would have thought someone might have advised them on the law.

Clearly a bulk of media colleagues weren’t aware of it either, or hadn’t bothered to read the minutes of the 2017 UEFA Congress, where the very same term limits had been accepted (three terms max for ExCo Members and President), only to be tampered with by an as yet undisclosed UEFA apparatchik who disliked what was decided and added a commentary in 2018 that had not been voted on – rendering the clause unlawful.

Hence the need to vote again arose. And the need for the morally righteous to play their “holier-than-thou” red card and be (similar to the ones who tried to sweet-talk a Caribbean footie chief into supporting the English bid for 2018 by dispatching poor out-classed Becks to the Caribbean, hoping it would clinch it) decided that it was time to show a red card and be ‘impohtant’.

It was another lonely and isolating experience for them. What are we to take from this. Are they saying that everybody but the English are corrupt or that everybody but the English are legally disabled?

Whatever the excitement pre-Congress may have been, it quickly turned into “fuck-me-I didn’t- see-that-one-coming” at the post-Congress media briefing – Ceferin announced that he…


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Author : Paul Nicholson

Publish date : 2024-02-09 10:23:57

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