The football moves away from its base. Insane transfer fees and player salaries and a dizzying transfer carousel leave the fans more and more powerless. And raise more and more the fundamental question: What is the purpose of this highly bred professional farm?
Is it used to line the pockets of the players and their agents? Or to offer a corruptible and greedy caste of officials a platform on the world stage? Should it be used as a PR machine for rogue states and dictatorial regimes? Does it serve to enable global investors to speculate or to launder black money? Should it be raped as a well-oiled marketing tool for individual companies? As a donkey for TV stations?
Of course not. Professional football should be the healthy engine at the pinnacle of world sport. With figures that have a minimum role model function for young people. Football should create identity for neighbourhoods, villages, cities, regions and countries. It should unite people, integrate them, even offer them something like a home or a sense of home.
Professional football is not an end in itself. It is of great cultural and social importance. And with it responsibility.
Pandemic has opened the eyes of many
But he is becoming more and more undemocratic. A few set the direction and forget the base. Professional football, which is not supported by the people, has no appeal and, in the end, somehow without justification. The pandemic has shown how sterile, how lifeless and barren this sport is without its followers.
Football has only one purpose: to satisfy the needs of its fans.
He’s doing that less and less. Maybe the legal form should be changed. Football clubs are no longer constituted as stock corporations, but again as associations. The general assembly of the association as the supreme body. It should be decided by those who sacrifice their free time, who work hours and hours doing choreos, who pay for subscriptions to the stadium and TV. Who directly finance, support and keep the whole operation alive.
The players also prefer to party with the fans than with the officials. Because football only lives and can be felt passionately in the curve.
Playoff decision annoys the curves
You don’t have to be a nostalgic and conservative romantic to see this. The decision to introduce playoffs shows how little sensitivity people have become in Switzerland. Although the fans have a clear and decided opinion on this. An other opinion.
It will be hidden. In a country that has taken up the cause of direct democracy. Revolutions should really come from the bottom. From the people. Not being dictated from above.
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