Comment – James Dostoyevsky: Arrogance is the step-sibling of ignorance

For the past 26 years, a lot has changed (and not only) in football. At FIFA, what started in 1998 with serial betrayal on an epic scale, ended in mayhem in 2015: Blatter’s reign. At UEFA, what was a period of solid progress throughout the tenure of Lennart Johannson, was followed by the incompetence of a deified footballer who was just that but didn’t have the first clue about running a confederation or the governance required: it, too, crumbled, until it nearly collapsed – also in 2015.

There were periods inbetween that reminded one of excellence and savoir-faire, but there were others that would shed a dim light on the game.

What this writer finds amusing, is that the decades-long corruption scandals of bankers and the financial industry as a whole triggered billion-dollar fines but never, or hardly ever, ended with the arrest and conviction of banksters. We know the outcome in football: here, a megalomanic self-promoter, there, an ascetic doer. Both lawyers, except that one of them actually understands the law, while the other just lost a huge number of his own legal team: they refused to follow the diktat and move to Miami (good luck with the transfer window this summer, which usually requires up to 60 immersed lawyers, now gone).

Throughout those infamous 26 years, one thing remained constant. Whenever things went pear-shaped in football, there was one decrepit corner of the world that would present the same-old narrative, best characterized by the ‘I could do better because I am so entitled, it hurts’. One is reminded of the maxim that arrogance is the step-sister of ignorance, while ignorance is the step-brother of idiocy.

The narrative I am referring to is the English mainstream football media that lived and so often still seems to live not for the excitement for the game (one could even assume that the game itself plays second fiddle) but of the excitement brought to you, the reader, by those who always know better when it come to…


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Author : Paul Nicholson

Publish date : 2024-06-19 12:25:14

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